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 registers and pays the testing fees is eligible to sit for a CLEP Exam. Anyone taking a CLEP exam at ECC will need to obtain an ECC ID for testing purposes. Stop by the admissions office to obtain your ECC ID and Proctoring Test Fee Form.

If you intend to send the CLEP scores to ECC for evaluation then you will also need to complete our free admission application.

CLEP Registration & Proctor Appointment

Step 1: 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.
  • Choose the school(s) you want your scores sent to.
  • If transferring CLEP credit*, verify with the college that you are planning to attend.
  • Pay for your CLEP test.
  • Receive your CLEP registration ticket.

Many; but not all, colleges and universities will accept the 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.

Step 2: Schedule your CLEP Proctoring Day & Time at ECC:

CLEP testing is by appointment. Exams are administered during the following days and times:

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

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

Students must register online to choose the day and time they wish to take the CLEP exam at ECC so we can ensure we have available space. Register for a CLEP appointment.

For more information, please call the testing center at 847-214-7219 or come in person to Building B, Room B115.

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/debit card or another form of identification. CLEP requires two forms of identification before starting the test.
  • Download the CLEP testing fee form.
  • Pay the administration fee. We accept:
    • Cash
    • Credit/Debt
    • Check - to 'Elgin Community College'.
CLEP Exam & Administration Fees
Administration Fee $25*
CLEP Exam Fee $89**

The administration fee is due on your scheduled CLEP appointment date.

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

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

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:

  • Pass the college composition modular exam with a score of 50 or higher. This exam includes approximately 90 multiple-choice items that measure knowledge of the fundamental principles of rhetoric and composition and the ability to apply the principles of standard written English.
  • If you receive a score of 50 or higher, you will need to complete two essays within 90 minutes either on a computer or in a booklet provided by the testing center. In one of the two essays, the student must develop a position by synthesizing information from two provided sources, with citations to build an argument. Three ECC English department faculty members independently read and score each essay based on 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 & Equivilency Chart

ECC grants equivalency for individual courses based on the American Council on Education (ACE) recommendations. View CLEP Scores & ECC Equivalency Chart.

Students need to request CLEP scores be sent to ECC in order for ECC to receive the official CLEP score report to grant credit.