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 CLEP Testing

The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is a rigorous College Board program that allows students of a wide range of ages to demonstrate their mastery of college-level material in introductory subjects and earn college credit. CLEP offers examinations that represent courses typical of the first two years of college study.

CLEP may be for you if…

  • You have done college level work outside the college setting
  • You want to save time and money
  • You want to bypass introductory classes in a subject area you already know

How will CLEP credit be awarded for DMACC students?

  • Students must be admitted or enrolled in a program of study at DMACC.
  • Scores on the exam must equal or surpass the minimum required by DMACC.
  • After a student has earned 12 semester hours of credit in residence, the credit earned by examination will recorded on the transcript.
  • A maximum of 30 credits earned by examination may be used to meet degree requirements at DMACC.

Will credit earned by CLEP while attending DMACC transfer to other institutions:
CLEP credit earned while attending DMACC usually transfers to other colleges or universities; however, you must meet the minimum score requirements of the school to which you are transferring. DMACC does not assume responsibility for the transferability of CLEP credits.

When and where are examinations given?
Exams are given by appointment throughout the year at the Boone and Ankeny Campuses. Students must register with College Board ( and pay for an exam before contacting a DMACC campus to take a CLEP exam. The examinations take 90 minutes. Not all CLEP exams are available. Essay Sections not offered for CLEP exams.

How much does the CLEP exam cost?
A $113 fee is assessed for CLEP testing. *$80 payable to CLEP when you create a login and register for a CLEP exam. A fee of $33 will be assessed at the Ankeny Campus Testing Center or Boone Academic Achievement Center when you come in to take your CLEP exam.

How can I make an appointment for the CLEP exam?
You may make an appointment for CLEP on the Boone Campus by calling 515-433-5095, Ankeny Campus by calling 515-964-6595, or Urban Campus by calling 515-248-7218.

What can I do to study for these tests?
Books are available through local libraries and book-stores to help prepare for the CLEP examinations. These are comprehensive and contain sample test questions and other helpful information. Copies are available in the DMACC library. There is also material located at

When are you allowed to retest?
Students must wait 3 months before retesting.

For official CLEP transcripts contact College Board at

Subject Exams Criteria Course Credit Hours
American Government 50 POL 111 3
Analysis & Interpretive Literature 51 LIT 101 4
Biology, General 50 Core/Science 3 (no Lab credit)
Business Law, Introductory 50 BUS 185 3
Chemistry 50 Core/Science 3 (no Lab credit)
College French 50 FLF 151 5
62 FLF 151/152 10
College German 50 Core/Humanities 4
63 Core/Humanities 8
College Spanish 50 FLS 151 5
66 FLS 151/152 10
English Literature 50 LIT 142 3
Financial Accounting 50 ACC 131 4
History of the US I:Col-1877 50 HIS 150 4
History of the US II: 1865-present 50 HIS 153 4
Human Growth & Development 50 PSY 121 3
Humanities 50 Core/ Humanities 6
Macroeconomics, Principles 50 ECN 120 3
Management, Principles 50 MGT 101 3
Marketing, Principles 50 MKT 110 3
Mathematics, College 50 Core/ Math 6
Microeconomics, Principles 50 ECN 130 3
Natural Science 50 Core/ Science 6 (no Lab credit)
Psychology, Introductory 50 PSY 111 3
Social Science & History 50 Core/ Soc Science 6
Sociology, Introductory 50 SOC 110 3
Trigonometry 54 MAT 130 3
Western Civilization I
Ancient Near East To 1648
50 HIS 112 4
Western Civilization II: 1668-present 50 HIS 113 4

Other CLEP exams offered, but not accepted for credit by DMACC:

  • American Literature
  • College Composition
  • College Composition Modular (test not offered at DMACC)
  • Educational Psychology, Intro
  • Pre-Calculus and Calculus
  • College Algebra