Credit for Life Experience Program (CLEP)
Credit for Prior Learning by Portfolio
Adult learners returning or entering Medgar Evers College with prior knowledge now have an opportunity to translate their prior learning into college credits. Students can earn college credits for their prior knowledge in two ways:
Take and pass a College Board CLEP exam
Develop a Portfolio (Contact Academic Affairs)
College Level Exam Program (CLEP)
College Board created the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) to allow students to earn college credits for knowledge they possess, but could not measure otherwise. College Board offers 33 introductory college level subjects. Students can earn credits for what they already know. Medgar Evers College is a CLEP test center.
CLEP exams are computerized.
CLEP exams are 90 minutes long. However, College Composition is 120 minutes.
CLEP exams contain mainly multiple-choice questions. College Composition may include essays.
The recommended passing score is 50, a score equivalent to a grade of C.
An unofficial score report is available upon completion of each exam, excluding College Composition and College Composition Modular.
The American Council on Education ( ACE) recognizes CLEP.
Each CLEP exam costs $87. The administrative fee at Medgar Evers College is $40 for each exam. Contact the Testing Center at 718-270-4835 for test dates
CLEP exams are available to students enrolled at Medgar Evers College as well as individuals of the community. All students should consult their college or university before registering for and taking a CLEP exam to know whether the credits will be accepted. Medgar Evers College students must consult a Testing Center before scheduling a CLEP exam.
Medgar Evers College Students Eligibility Requirements
Students must have satisfied the University’s basic skills requirement in reading, writing, and mathematics.
Students are required to have a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or better.
CLEP Application Process
The Testing Center staff administers CLEP exams once a month on a walk-in basis from 10:00am-3:00pm. Exam candidates should contact the Testing Center at 718-270-4835 for test dates.
The fee is paid to College Board (collegeboard.org) when the student sets up an account online and purchases the exam. Once the exam purchase is confirmed, the student may reserve a seat to take the exam with the Testing Center.
The administrative fee is $40.00 per exam and must be paid to the Bursar’s Office prior to taking the test.
Exam fees are non-refundable.
CLEP Exam Day
Please bring two forms of ID, at least one must be a government issued ID.
Candidates must arrive before 3:00pm. Testing Center staff will not allow any student into the testing laboratory after 3:00pm.
Candidates taking two CLEP exams on the same day must arrive no later than 1:00pm.
Examination candidates, must complete the CLEP application at collegeboard.org and pay all fees before arriving to do the test.
Examination regulations, do NOT allow candidates to take books, notes, practice exams, calculators, cell phones, pagers, and watches with alarms, other electronic devices, food, and beverages into the testing laboratory.
Any student requiring special accommodations for the CLEP exam because of a disability, must contact the Office of Services for Differently Abled (ODA) at 718-270-5027 at least 1 week prior to the exam. Accommodations based on disabilities will be granted to comply with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. The ODA is responsible for identifying and evaluating students with disabilities. If the student is eligible, that office will coordinate accommodations with the Testing Center.
A portfolio is a document presented by a student to the college requesting credits for knowledge about a subject that occurred outside the classroom. The portfolio must be well documented and organized. It is a collection of evidence to support the student’s claim for credit, through a Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) process. Students must align their knowledge with the course(s) they are petitioning. The respective academic department performing the assessment, will award credits for learning as it relates to the course rather than, solely on years of experience.
Students must be enrolled at Medgar Evers College.
A student must complete a minimum of 24 college credits before developing a portfolio.
Students must complete English 112 and English 150 before developing a portfolio.
Students are required to have a GPA of 2.0 or better.
Students must have satisfied the University’s basic skills requirement in reading, writing, and mathematics before developing a portfolio.
A student must consult and receive approval from the Credit for Prior Learning Coordinator and the Chairperson of the department of his/her declared course of study.
Students must consult and receive approval from the Chairperson of the department before developing a portfolio.
Students must register for a Portfolio Development Seminar.
Portfolio Application Process
Students must obtain an application from the Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) Coordinator.
The department Chairperson must sign the application for Academic Programs
Students must consult the CPL Coordinator to register for the CPL seminar.
Before submission of the portfolio for assessment, students must pay a non-refundable fee of $75.00 to the Bursar’s Office.
Testing Center Contact Information
1150 Carroll Street Room 311
Brooklyn, NY 11225
CLEP Exam Equivalent at Medgar Evers College
CLEP Exam Offered MEC Equivalent Score Credits
Financial Accounting NO EQUIVALENT
Biology BIO 101 or 111503
Chemistry CHM 112503
Natural Sciences NO EQUIVALENT
Information Systems and Computer Application CIS 211 or CL 101503
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
American Literature NO EQUIVALENT
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature NO EQUIVALENT
College Composition NO EQUIVALENT
College Composition Modular NO EQUIVALENT
English Literature NO EQUIVALENT
HISTORY AND SOCIAL SCIENCE
History of the United States I:
Early Colonization to 1877
History of the United States II:
1865 to the Present
Human Growth and Development
Introduction to Educational Psychology
Social Sciences and History
Western Civilization I:
Ancient Near East to 1648
Western Civilization II: 1648 to the Present