CLEP Testing

The college-level examination program (CLEP) is a group of nationally standardized tests offered by appointment at the testing center during regular hours. The CLEP test is computerized and best suited for those with considerable academic and life experiences.


Anyone who pays the testing fees is eligible. Anyone taking a CLEP test at ECC will need to complete an application to Elgin Community College. If you intend to send the CLEP scores to ECC for evaluation then you will also need to be accepted for admission to the college. ECC does not charge an application fee.

ECC CLEP Evaluations

Students may request that their scores be sent to ECC. They are evaluated by the Office of Admissions and Records to determine whether the scores meet ECC's requirements. If the scores meet ECC's requirements, credit will be granted.

Tests by Appointment

CLEP testing is by appointment. Please call the testing center at 847-214-7219 or come in person to Building B, Room B115. The last scheduled test is for:

  • 6 p.m. – Monday through Thursday
  • 1 p.m. – Friday and Saturday

During the summer months, (June, July, and August) we are only open Monday through Thursday.

Registration & Fees

Registering for CLEP Exams:

  • Go to
  • From course list:
    • Select course(s); add to cart
    • View cart and checkout
  • From 'Your Shopping Cart' screen:
    • Register and checkout
  • Either sign in as a returning user or sign up to create a new account.
  • Pay for your CLEP test.
  • Receive you your CLEP registration ticket.
Testing Fees
Admistration Fee $25*
CLEP Exam Fee $89**

Administration fee is due on your scheduled CLEP appointment date.

Price is per exam. Additional $10 fee applies for the essay tests.

All fees, including the CLEP exam fees are subject to change and are non-refundable.

On Your Test Day

On your scheduled testing date please bring the following with to the testing center:

  • CLEP registration ticket.
  • Driver’s license or your current photo identification.
  • Credit/debt card or another form of identification. CLEP requires two forms of identification before starting the test.
  • Pay the administration fee, payable by:
  • If transferring CLEP credit**, verify with the college that you are planning to attend.

*Many; but not all, colleges and universities will accept transfer of credit earned through CLEP. Anyone planning to transfer is urged to consult the admissions office of the school where the scores will be sent. If you intend to have results sent directly to another school, be sure that school accepts CLEP. Be aware that some schools have different minimum scores than ECC, and you will need to know those scores. It is the responsibility of the student to find this information, preferably before testing.

Length of CLEP Exams

Most tests require 1.5 hours (90 minutes) to complete. Allow approximately two hours for each test that you plan to take.

Tests with essays will take 3 hours (180 minutes) to complete, which include:

  • American Literature
  • Analyzing & Interpreting Literature
  • College Composition Modular
  • English Literature

College Composition Modular Testing Process

Students who wish to receive proficiency credit for English Composition I (ENG 101) must complete a two-step CLEP testing process.

The first step is to pass the college composition modular exam with a score of 50 or higher. This exam includes approximately 90 multiple-choice items that measures knowledge of the fundamental principles of rhetoric and composition and ability to apply the principles of standard written English.

Once the exam is passed, you need to complete two essays within 90 minutes. The essays may be written on a computer. In one of the two essays, the student must develop a position by building an argument by synthesizing information from two provided sources, with citations. Each essay is read and scored independently by three ECC English department faculty members. Each essay is evaluated against the student learning outcomes for ENG 101 English Composition I. Students will be contacted with the final essay score results approximately 3 to 10 business days after the essay is completed.

CLEP Scores & Equivilancy Chart

Credit granting scores are recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE) and show the ECC equvalency for the individual courses. View CLEP Scores & Equivalency Chart