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Advanced Placement and Credit By Examination

Through The College Board, there are three major ways in which a student may qualify for advanced placement and/or credit by examination. They are the Advanced Placement Program® (AP®), the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP®), and the SAT Subject Tests. You may visit to examine the credit-by-exam policies of colleges and universities.

Advanced Placement

Advanced Placement Program (AP®) offers over 30 college level courses and exams in a wide variety of subject areas. These courses are taught in high school by high school teachers. The AP® Program provides an opportunity for intellectual excitement and is an excellent means of curriculum enrichment and strengthening. Fee reductions are available for eligible students. See your AP® Coordinator for information.

College-Level Examination Program

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP®) is designed to measure learning regardless of where it might have occurred -- in or out of the classroom High school students may apply to take these examinations and use the results for advanced placement and/or credit at their colleges. Every college and test center establishes its own policies and procedures for administering the exams and/or awarding credit.

CLEP® offers 33 examinations, each covering a different subject area. Each examination is computer-based, 90 minutes long and, except for English Composition with Essay, is made up primarily of multiple-choice questions. Tests may be taken thoughout the year at CLEP Test Centers ( )

SAT® Subject Tests

SAT® Subject Tests are one-hour long, content-based tests that give students an opportunity to highlight their academic background and interests in specific subject areas, including math, science, history, literature and languages. By showcasing achievement in their strongest subjects, Subject Tests give students an opportunity to distinguish themselves in the college admissions process.

For more detailed information about College Board programs and services, contact:

Southwestern Regional Office of The College Board
4330 South MoPac Expressway, Suite 200
Austin, TX, 78735
(866) 392-3017

Or visit College Board Online at

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