College-Level Examination Program®

The College-Level Examination Program ® (CLEP) is a nationwide credit-by-examination program that offers students the opportunity to obtain recognition for college-level achievement through a program of exams in undergraduate college courses. Onondaga Community College is a CLEP National Open Test Center. The college grants CLEP credit when these examinations cover material comparable to that covered in courses offered by Onondaga Community College in areas that can be applied to an associate's degree. If credit has been granted through examination prior to a student's application to Onondaga, an official transcript must be sent to the Office of Registration and Records.  For CLEP examinations, you must meet the minimum score to receive credit. OCC does not grant credit for modern language CLEP tests. If you are not attending Onondaga, check with the institution you will be attending to verify its current CLEP policy.  

All CLEP exams are computer-based and are offered on the main campus throughout the year in the Testing Services Office. CLEP test administration is available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 2pm-4pm. Test takers can schedule an appointment start time between those hours; an appointment is necessary. CLEP is not available on Saturdays, at OCC Liverpool or at the Educational Opportunity Center.  CLEP will be unavailable in 2017 on the following dates: May 2nd-May 12th.  CLEP testing will not be available when the college campus is closed for holidays, snow days, or when the Testing Services Office is closed for maintenance. Check our Testing Schedule to see if there are days other than holidays when Testing Services will be closed. 

CLEP tests are hard. You can purchase review materials directly from the college board or you can find review books at the Reserves desk at OCC's Coulter Library. 

Please note:

  • CLEP testing is not available on Saturdays or at OCC Liverpool or the Educational Opportunity Center. 
  • The CLEP fee will increase to $85 effective July 1, 2017

Steps to Take CLEP Exams

  1. Pay the CLEP fee and register to take an exam online through the My Account Registration Portal. This is the only way to pay the $80 CLEP exam fee. For questions about paying the CLEP exam fee, contact the College Board CLEP program directly. If you are taking CLEP to transfer credit to OCC, click here and scroll to page 3 to see what CLEP credits OCC accepts. If you’re taking CLEP to transfer credit to an institution other than OCC, check with that institution to make sure you are taking the correct CLEP test(s) and to determine the number of credits you will receive upon passing. Please note: Testing Services administers CLEP foreign language exams but OCC does not accept them for credit.  Testing Services does not administer any optional essays for CLEP exams.
  2. Print a copy of your CLEP Exam Registration Ticket. You will need to present this to the test proctor on the day of your exam.
  3. Go to and complete registration.  You will only have to complete registration once.
  4. After you have registered log in to and select the CLEP Exam Appointment Schedule.  You will be directed to the scheduling page. (Note that you will not be able to schedule an appointment for the current day).
  5. Appointments are available on  Tuesdays and Wednesdays between the hours of 2pm and 4pm. Select the day and time you would like to take your exam.  You will receive a confirmation email once you have made your appointment. CLEP will be unavailable in 2017 on the following dates: May 2nd-May 12th.
  6. You will need to have government issued photo ID when you arrive for testing. You will not be allowed to test unless you have government issued photo ID that contains both an up to date photo and signature (driver’s license, passport, etc). Please note that expired government issued ID will not be accepted.
  7. Come to the Gordon Student Center on Onondaga’s main campus 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment. In the main lobby, go to Student Accounts to pay the $26 proctoring fee for each test you will be taking. This fee is non-refundable.
  8. After you have paid this fee, go to Testing Services in Coulter Library room 103.  Check in with the receptionist and a proctor will assist you shortly. 
  9. A proctor will ask for the following: Current (not expired) government issued photo ID that contains both your picture and signature, your CLEP Exam Registration Ticket and your receipt from the Student Account's office to verify that the $26 fee was paid.
    • Note: CLEP for Veterans/Military - The $26 exam proctoring fee is waived for retired and active duty Military. Active Duty Military members will also have their $80 CLEP fee waived. Retired Military must submit proof of service to have proctoring fee waived. Active duty candidates must submit a current military ID prior to testing. Visit the CLEP website for more details on fee waivers, ID requirements and possible reimbursement for Military & Veterans. 
  10. After check-in, you will be started on your exam.

Please note: CLEP testing is not available on Saturdays or at the North Site or Educational Opportunity Center locations.

Free CLEP Review Courses Available Online

A series of free online courses in CLEP subjects is now available through the Modern States Education Alliance. The courses are taught by college professors and delivered online via the Modern States website. All the courses are free, as are any required textbooks and other materials.

The CLEP courses are self-paced, and there are no prerequisites or restrictions on enrolling. Participants do not have to register for a CLEP exam; however, to earn college credit upon completion of the course, participants must take the corresponding exam and achieve a qualifying score.

Courses available now are:


College Algebra

Introductory Business Law

Introductory Sociology


Principles of Macroeconomics

Principles of Marketing

Principles of Microeconomics

To learn more and sign up, visit the Modern States Course Catalog.