CLEP® is a national program of credit by examination that allows you to obtain recognition for college-level achievement. You can receive credit for what you already know by earning a qualifying score on a CLEP®. More than 2,900 colleges and universities in the United States will recognize your comprehensive subject knowledge acquired through independent or prior study, cultural pursuits, special interests, internships, or professional development.

CLEP® exams are 90 minutes long and consist of multiple-choice questions. The exception is College Composition, which includes an essay. Scores for CLEP® exams (except those with essay) are available immediately upon completion of the exam.

Individuals who wish to receive college credit may register to take one or more CLEP® exams. Since credit-granting policies vary at each college, contact your institution’s testing coordinator or admissions officer regarding the specific CLEP® examinations accepted for credit towards your degree.

Missouri Western accepts the following for credit:

Missouri Western Course Title and Credit Hours Corresponding CLEP Exam Title
Composition and Literature

  • College Writing and Rhetoric (ENG 104) 3
Composition and Literature

  • College Composition

  • Principles of Biology (BIO 101) 4

  • Biology

  • Introductory Financial Accounting (ACC 201) 3
  • Business Law I (GBA 211) 3
  • Principles of Macroeconomics (ECO 260) 3
  • Principles of Microeconomics (ECO 261) 3

  • Financial Accounting
  • Introductory Business Law
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Principles of Microeconomics
Computer Science

  • Microcomputer Applications (CSC 201) 3
Computer Science

  • Information Systems & Computer Apps.

  • Ancient and Medieval Civilization (HIS 200) 3
  • Early Modern Civilization (HIS 210) 3
  • American History to 1865 (HIS 140) 3 *
  • American History Since 1865 (HIS 150) 3 *

  • Western Civ. I: Ancient Near E.-1648
  • Western Civ. II: 1648-Present
  • History of the US I: Early Col-1877
  • History of the US II: 1865-Present

  • College Algebra (MAT 116) 3
  • Calculus / Analytic Geometry I (MAT 167) 5 **

  • College Algebra
  • Calculus
Political Science

  • American National Government (PSC 101) 3 *
Political Science

  • American Government

  • General Psychology (PSY 101) 3
  • Life-Span Developmental Psych (PSY 240) 3

  • Introductory Psychology
  • Human Growth and Development

  • Introduction to Sociology (SOC 110) 3

  • Introductory Sociology

*These CLEP exams do not fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement at MWSU.
** These CLEP exams do not count as MWSU Honors courses.

Registration Information:

Registration is done online prior to taking the test. Use the link to the CLEP web site below to register. You will be billed $87 by CLEP at the time of registration. BEGINNING JULY 1, 2019, THE COST WILL INCREASE TO $89. Tests purchased before this date will cost $85, even if you do not take them until after July 1.

There is a $30 proctoring fee which must be paid prior to scheduling your exam, along with a signed copy of the Proctored Examination Agreement. The Testing Center accepts cash, checks and debit cards. Fees may be paid at Spratt Hall 105.

Members of the armed forces may receive a proctoring fee waiver. Bring your military ID to receive the waiver.

Rescheduled or cancelled appointments must be made at least 24 hours prior to the originally scheduled testing time, or the $30 fee will be forfeited.

Be sure to bring government-issued photo ID on test day.

You may also obtain a free copy of CLEP® Colleges in the Testing Center or visit or call (800) 257-9558.

Test Dates

Each CLEP® Testing Center has its own test dates and deadlines. Missouri Western tests on an individual basis by appointment.

Contact the Testing Center to make arrangements for taking the test during our operating hours of 8:00am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday.