Bakersfield College

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College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is a means through which academic credit may be given for nontraditional forms of educational experience, also known as credit by exam. Those who may have reached a college level of education through home or correspondence study, on-the-job training, television courses, military service, or other means may take the CLEP examinations which are offered by the College Entrance Examination Board. The list of subjects for which credit may be obtained by taking the CLEP is listed in the Bakersfield College Catalog.CLEP exams are now available on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of each week. Students need to make an appointment at least 24 hours prior to the test date. To reserve a seat at one of the available sessions:8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM or 2:30 PM students must submit the following to the Testing and Placement Center staff at CSS room 14: a completed BC CLEP registration form and a $25 test administration fee (non-refundable and paid to Bakersfield College with an exact cash, check, or money order).The CLEP exam is $89. If you have any questions regarding the fee, please email  


As of October 2, 2019, College Board has launched a new CLEP Spanish Exam with Writing. Until this new test is evaluated for credit, we recommend that BC students only take the CLEP Spanish Language Levels 1 and 2 test.


Steps for Registering for CLEP Exams

Step 1: Know CLEP Credit Policy

Find the CLEP credit policy for your college/university and decide which exams to take.

Step 2: Save Your Seat

Save a seat! Pay the $25.00 administration fee with your Bakersfield College CLEP Registration form (pdf) at the Testing and Placement Center (CSS Room 14) at least 24 hours in advance of the test date.

  • Payment: exact cash, check, or money order
  • Payable to Bakersfield College
  • Fee is non-refundable

Step 3: Register with CollegeBoard

  1. Check with the Testing and Placement Center before completing registration through CollegeBoard.
  2. Sign in or create an account at CollegeBoard
  3. Navigate to "My CLEP Account"
  4. Register with Collegeboard
  5. Pay CollegeBoard CLEP exam $89 registration fee.
  6. Print or Save the ticket information and bring it with you on the day of exam. The names on your picture ID must match exactly the names listed on your registration ticket. Registrations are valid for six months.

Need more information?

Contact the Testing and Placement Center via email at or stop by the Testing and Placement Center at CSS Room 14.

Step 4: Request Evaluation (transfers)

To transfer CLEP exam credits to Bakersfield College, complete and submit the Request for Evaluation form to Bakersfield College's Admission and Registration office.

Practice Links

Additional Information:

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