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.
  • CLEP Procedure - ES4544​

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 Urban, 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?
College Board accesses an $89 exam fee, payable to CLEP when you create a login and register for an exam at
A $33 proctor fee will be assessed at the DMACC testing locations in Ankeny, Urban Campus , or Boone Academic Achievement Center when you arrive to take your scheduled 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 Government50 POL 1113
Analysis & Interpretive Literature51 LIT 1014
Biology, General50Core/Science3 (no Lab credit)
Business Law, Introductory50 BUS 1853
Chemistry50Core/Science3 (no Lab credit)
College French50 FLF 1515
62 FLF 151/15210
College German50Core/Humanities4
College Spanish50 FLS 1515
66 FLS 151/15210
English Literature50 LIT 1423
Financial Accounting50 ACC 1314
History of the US I:Col-187750 HIS 1504
History of the US II: 1865-present50 HIS 1534
Human Growth & Development50 PSY 1213
Humanities50Core/ Humanities6
Macroeconomics, Principles50 ECN 1203
Management, Principles50 MGT 1013
Marketing, Principles50 MKT 1103
Mathematics, College50Core/ Math6
Microeconomics, Principles50 ECN 1303
Natural Science50Core/ Science6 (no Lab credit)
Psychology, Introductory50 PSY 1113
Social Science & History50Core/ Soc Science6
Sociology, Introductory50 SOC 1103
Trigonometry54 MAT 1303
Western Civilization I
Ancient Near East To 1648
50 HIS 1124
Western Civilization II: 1668-present50 HIS 1134

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