CLEP Exams

The nationally-recognized CLEP examination program consists of general as well as subject-specific examinations in which students can earn college level credits. CLEP allows students to demonstrate specific knowledge or skills gained through professional training, outside courses, or independent study that is equivalent to what is taught in a college course.

The CLEP tests are computer-delivered, rather than pencil and paper tests. Successful scores on CLEP examinations may be used to meet the related instruction requirements for a certificate or degree at Bates.

Bates is an Open National CLEP testing site and we are military friendly. There are no other eligibility requirements for the CLEP exams.


Candidates must provide current government-issued photo ID, which must have the name, signature, and recognizable photograph. Acceptable forms of ID include: a current passport, a current state-issued driver’s license, a current state-issued ID card, tribal ID, naturalization card or certificate of citizenship.

CLEP testing is by appointment only. Contact the Assessment Center by email or by calling 253.680.7030 to schedule an appointment.  Please leave a detailed email/message regarding which date you would like to be scheduled, as well as contact information. You will receive a call or email to confirm your CLEP examination appointment. On the day of testing, examinees must bring a valid registration ticket from the My Account registration portal, as well as register by paying the non-refundable $19.95 proctoring fee with the Bates’ cashier’s office.

The total payment for each CLEP test is $99.95.

$19.95 is a non-refundable proctoring fee that is paid to Bates Technical College. The remaining $80 is a CLEP fee that is paid by visiting CLEP’s My Account Registration Portal.

Bates Technical College is operating remotely, with limited labs on campus. We’re here to help you virtually. Learn more about our efforts to keep students and employees healthy and safe on the COVID-19 resource page.