CLEP (College-Level Examination Program)

Johnston Community College is a national test center for the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), which offers online computerized testing for course credit. CLEP exams allow you to receive credit and exemption for a course if a minimum score is obtained. JCC students, as well as the general public, may take CLEP exams in the Testing Center. Johnston Community College is authorized to offer ALL available CLEP tests by the College Board. Advance registration is required.

 For questions and to find out more information about these exams, you can visit the College Board's test preparation website. To secure a reservation for an exam date, please complete the following steps no later than 48 hours before the scheduled test date:

    1. Create your free College Board account.
    2. Print your CLEP Exam Registration Ticket upon completion of your payment. An example is in the Information for Test Takers Booklet.
    3. Book Appointment now
    4. You may pay your CLEP test administration fee of $15 the day of testing at the Cashier's Office, which is located in the Wilson Building on the JCC main campus.  All checks and money orders should be made payable to Johnston Community College.

NOTE: Students who have not preregistered for testing (by completing steps 1-4 above) will not be allowed to test.  Walk-in CLEP testing is not allowed.

On test day, please adhere to the following items below:

  1. Arrive no later than 20 minutes before start time to allow for check-in and to receive a test center brief
  2. Please bring a government photo ID as this is required for check-in before you are seated for your exam.  High school or college student IDs are not acceptable forms of identification.
  3. Please bring with you your CLEP Registration Ticket
  4. Please bring your $15 receipt of payment from the Cashier's Office

For students requesting examination for a CLEP exam that requires a separate essay, there is an additional charge of $10 to cover the written essay portion. After the student takes the computerized assessment, the student may take the paper-based essay portion. The minimum credit granting score must be obtained on the CLEP multiple-choice test before the essay portion is attempted. Please allow at least four weeks for a written essay exam to be ordered and obtained from College Board before scheduling your exam.

Any questions regarding CLEP testing may be emailed to jcctesting@johnstoncc.edu or you may call (919) 209-2228.


For Johnston Community College students, the following table shows acceptable CLEP scores needed to receive the appropriate equated JCC credit.

Examination Credit Granting Score Credits Granted   (Semester Hrs)* Equated JCC Course(s)
American Government 50 3 POL 120
American Literature 50 3 ENG 233
Biology 50 4 BIO 110
Calculus 50 3 MAT 271
Chemistry 50 4 CHM 131/131A
College Composition 50 6 ENG 111 & (ENG 112 or 113)
English Literature 50 3 ENG 243
Financial Accounting 50 4 ACC 120
French Language 50 6 Humanities Elective
German Language 50 6 Humanities Elective
History of the United States I: Early Colonization to 1877 50 3 HIS 131
History of the United States II:  1865 to the Present 50 3 HIS 132
Human Growth and Development 50 3 PSY 241
Information Systems & Computer Applications 50 3 CIS 111
Introductory Business Law 50 3 BUS 115
Introductory Psychology 50 3 PSY 150
Introductory Sociology 50 3 SOC 210
Precalculus 50 3 MAT 171
Principles of Macroeconomics 50 3 ECO 252
Principles of Management 50 3 BUS 137
Principles of Marketing 50 3 MKT 120
Principles of Microeconomics 50 3 ECO 251
Spanish Language

50

63

6

9

SPA 111 & SPA 112

SPA 111, SPA 112, SPA 211

Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648 50 3 Social Science Elective
Western Civilization II:  1648 to Present 50 3 Social Science Elective

*The American Council on Education (ACE) recommends a credit-granting score of 50 for each CLEP exam. This is a scaled score, equivalent to earning a C in the relevant course.  All CLEP test scores have a scale score range from 20-80.

CLEP Test Score Results and Retaking a Test

CLEP test results are received immediately after the computerized exam is complete. Students receive an unofficial score report after completing their test. Your score is sent instantaneously to the College Board. If requested at the time of the exam, an official transcript of the course grade is mailed within one to three weeks to the recipient college from CLEP.

CLEP regulations state that if a student does not successfully pass an exam, he or she must wait six months to retake the same exam if you tested prior to October 17, 2014. Students who take a CLEP exam after October 17, 2014 will need to wait three months before repeating the same exam.


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Certain members of the U.S. Armed Services, veterans, their spouses, and civilian employees may be eligible for DANTES funding to take a CLEP exam.  Proper military ID is required on the day of testing.  All DANTES eligible service members will still be required to pay JCC's administrative fee of $15.