College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Lake Washington Institute of Technology is a National Open Center for the computer-based College Level Examination Program (CLEP), administering CLEP testing to the general public as well as LWTech students. The nationally recognized CLEP examination program consists of general as well as subject examinations in which students can earn college level credits. Anyone interested in earning college credit and saving time and money can take a CLEP exam. CLEP benefits everyone including high school students, college students, adult learners, service members and veterans, and professionals seeking continuing education credits. 


Accommodated testing is available for students with documented disabilities. If you need accommodated testing, please contact the Disability Support Services office.

Information About CLEP

  • There are six general education examinations that assess college-level knowledge.
  • There are 31 specific college course examinations. Out of these exams, Lake Washington Institute of Technology students may earn credit for passing the following subject exams: *
    • College Algebra - Math 111 (with score of 50+)
    • Pre-Calculus - MATH&141 (with score of 46-54+) or MATH& 142 (with score of 66-74+)
    • Calculus - MATH& 151 (with score of 46-54+) or MATH&152 (with scores of 66-74+)
    • College Mathematics - Math 107 (with score of 50+)
    • College Composition - ENGL& 101 (with score of 50+)
    • Spanish Language - SPAN& 121 (with score of 50+)
    • Introductory Business Law - BUSA& 201 (with score of 50+)
    • Information Systems and Computer Applications - BTE101 (with score of 50+)
    • Introductory Psychology - PSYC& 100 (with score of 50+)
    • Introductory Sociology - SOC& 101 (with score of 50+)
    • Human Growth and Development - PSYC& 200 (with score of 50+)
    • Principles of Macroeconomics - ECON& 202 (with score of 50+)
    • American Government - ADHS 091 (with score of 50+)

The maximum combination of alternative credits that can be applied toward a degree or certificate may not exceed 25 percent (25%) of the program credits.

Preparing for the Exam

The College Board has published "The Official Study Guide for the CLEP Examinations". This study guide is available in libraries and book stores as well as online.

The College Board has "The Official Study Guide" and test preparations available on their website.

  • All CLEP tests are computer based.
  • Each examination is 90 minutes long, and except for English Composition, has mostly multiple choice questions. Some exams do have fill-ins. Please note that the four subject examinations in Composition and Literature also have an optional essay section that is required by some universities and colleges.
  • The English Composition exam is 120 minutes and includes a 50-minute multiple-choice section and two mandatory online essays that students must respond to in 70 minutes. The two online essays are part of the computer-based exam and immediately follow the multiple choice section. Test takers type their responses in the exam software. The essay portion is scored every two weeks by college English faculty throughout the nation. College Composition is the only CLEP exam for which students do not receive an immediate score report upon completion. They will receive their score report 2-3 weeks after taking the exam.
  • Calculators are provided on screen when needed, e.g. trigonometry.
  • Headphones are provided for students taking a language test
  • Scratch paper and pencils are provided.
  • The test is timed.

Arriving on Testing Day

  • Please arrive 10 minutes early for check-in.
  • A $30.00 proctor fee, payable by check (to Lake Washington Institute of Technology), cash, credit card, or debit card. Please pick up a proctor fee card from the Assessment Center, West Building, W204, before going to the Cashier's Office, West Building, W201F to pay the testing fee.
  • ONE valid, state issued form of photo ID is required. Acceptable forms of identification are: Driver's License, State Identification card, Passport or an Employee ID card.

All score reports except English Composition with Essay will be printed immediately upon test completion and given to student.

There is a waiting period of six months before re-testing in a subject.

When completing the demographics section on your answer form, you can indicate where you would like your scores mailed.

You may also arrange a CLEP Test at one of the following testing centers:

Columbia College in Everett/Marysville: (425) 304-4480
DeVry University in Federal Way: (253) 943-3164
Pierce College in Fort Lewis: (253) 964-6567
Grace Academy in Marysville: (360) 659-8517
Bates Technical College in Tacoma: (253) 680-7030