The CLEP is designed for students to earn college credit after successfully completing the exam. The CLEP is a 90 minute test.  An unofficial copy of the score report is printed upon departure from the testing room. The College Composition includes 50 multiple-choice questions (50 minutes) and two essays (70 minutes) which allows a total of 120 minutes. Essay results will be ready in approx. 6 weeks and may be accessed through CLEP (Numerical scores from the multiple choice portion of the exam by themselves will not suffice for credit, nor will they guarantee credit).


Advantages to taking the CLEP Exam

  • You can save time: Get college credit for what you already know. Be rewarded for what you've learned through independent study, advanced high school courses, noncredit adult courses, or professional development.
  • You can save money: The CLEP exam total cost is either $114 or $129.
  • You can make college more interesting: Move right into advanced courses.
  • You can graduate on time: CLEP can help you to the finish line if you're a few credits shy of graduating. Great for dual-degree candidates or students just a few credits shy of graduation.


CLEP is a great way for home schoolers and stay at home parents to earn college credit for a little amount of time and money.


Cindi Baumgardner,  Parent of a Home School Test Taker,  Testimonial Source from CLEP: 

"As a home-school mom with a limited budget and a talented student, we were looking for alternatives to a four-year bachelor program. Our son was a high school senior and interested in pursuing graduate or higher level of studies. We found an accelerated program that worked with select colleges, and a huge part of that program was taking CLEP tests. By the end of his high school senior year, our son (age 17) had taken and passed 16 CLEP exams, earning him 69 credit hours. And he’s prepping to take three more this coming year. That has put quite a dent in his accumulation toward a political science degree. He does his senior work this fall and spring. This fall he will be applying to graduate programs and law schools. Without CLEP tests, we could not have helped him to realize his dreams on this short of a timeline. It made all the difference."



The College-Level Examination Program or CLEP provides students of any age with the opportunity to gain college-level achievement through a program of exams in undergraduate college courses. The UA - Fort Smith provides this avenue through which above average students may seek advanced standing. Motivated, independent learners may want to explore the possibility of obtaining credit through CLEP. Those interested in CLEP should consult their college advisor regarding degree requirements and CLEP credit.



Please call or email the Academic Success Center at 479.788.7675 or to schedule an appointment for the CLEP. If you are taking this exam for another institution, please check with that institution for their CLEP requirements prior to registering.

University of Arkansas - Fort Smith does not allow credit for all CLEP tests for our degrees. Below is a list of the current CLEP Exams that we accept, however, please ask your academic advisor if CLEP is an option for your degree program. To register for the CLEP exam visit the CLEP website.


For more information about each CLEP exam, please click on the links below.

College Algebra - Examinees are required to use CLEP’s on-line graphing calculator during the test. An on-line graphing calculator (Non-CAS) tutorial is also available.
College Composition - This exam requires two essays that are scored by CLEP. Make sure that you register for the College Composition CLEP exam and NOT the modular exam.

Test Fees

Each CLEP exam is a total of $114 or $129:  The CLEP test fee of $89 must be paid directly to CLEP when you register for the test. An administrative fee is payable to UAFS at the Cashier’s Office (located on the second floor of Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center) the day of testing. Registered students pay $25 and non-registered students pay $40.

To have a CLEP transcript sent to University of Arkansas - Fort Smith, then please send a CLEP Transcript Request form to CLEP or call CLEP at (800) 257-9558. There is a $20.00 transcript fee which can be paid by credit card.  CLEP Transcript Request Form PDF document (PDF will open in a new tab)

If you are active military follow this link for more information.

If you are a Veteran then please visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs  for information about who is eligible for the CLEP benefit.


ID Requirement

All examinees must present a form of photo identification in order to take CLEP. Examinees testing within their country of citizenship (American students) may bring an unexpired driver's license, a current state or federal ID card, or a current passport as their primary ID. Those who are not testing in their own country of citizenship MUST bring their passport in order to be tested.

All funded military candidates must present a current military ID and a second form of government-issued photo ID.

Home-schoolers, if you do not have the required government-issued ID, please complete a Student ID Form PDF document (PDF will open in a new tab), which is valid for one year. The form must be accompanied by a recognizable photo, with a school or notary seal overlapping the photo. The form must be signed in front of a school official or notary. If you fail to present appropriate ID, you will not be tested.



Please visit the CLEP website for more information:


Learn about CLEP



CLEP Testing Hours:  
Monday through Friday by appointment only. 48-hour advance notice is required prior to testing.


Contact Us

Gordon Kelley Academic Success Center

Vines Building, Room 202

5210 Grand Avenue

P.O. Box 3649

Fort Smith, Arkansas 72913-3649

Phone: 479.788.7675