The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) provides students with an opportunity to earn college credit for the knowledge and skills gained both inside and outside the classroom. Exams are offered in 34 different subject areas that cover the first two years of college. Each exam is 90 minutes long and made up of primarily multiple choice questions, except English Composition, which also includes an essay.
All examinations are computer-based. Students can view their score immediately after completing the exam, except for the English Composition exam. English Composition essays are graded by College Board selected English professors from two- and four-year institutions nationwide. Scoring of the essay takes one month.TCC CLEP Credit Granting Policy
CLEP Examinations are administrated by appointment only at four TCC campuses. Contact each campus testing center directly to schedule an appointment. See below for contact information.
The College Board testing fee for each CLEP examination is $72. The preferred method of payment is by credit card (MasterCard and Visa). Payment by check, made payable to CLEP, is also accepted. The testing fee is due on the day of your test. For Active Military: CLEP Examination fee ($72) is waived for all active duty military
The nonrefundable administrative fee for each test is $35. Payment must be made at the Portsmouth, Norfolk, Virginia Beach or Chesapeake campus business offices. Pay by Credit card (MasterCard and Visa), cash or check, made payable to Tidewater Community College. (Note: There is a $25 surcharge on all returned checks.)
On the day of the exam, bring a credit card or $72 (per test) payment in the form of a check or money order payable to CLEP, a separate check for $35 made payable to TCC or the receipt of payment, and a photo I.D. Military service members must also bring a valid military I.D.
Special Instructions for the Norfolk Campus Testing Center
Payment must be made at the offices of Workforce Development located in the Martin Building, 5th floor (300 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510).
If you are going to test after 4:30 p.m. or on Saturday, payment arrangements must be made 48 hours prior to testing. Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call (757) 822-1234 for help.
CLEP Examinations are administrated by appointment only at the Chesapeake, Norfolk and Portsmouth campuses. Contact each campus directly to schedule an appointment. Note: The test center code for all TCC campuses is 5226.
Chesapeake Campus Testing Center
1428 Cedar Road, Chesapeake, VA 23322
(757) 822-5131 phone
(757) 822-5294 fax
Testing Hours: Call to schedule an appointment.
Norfolk Campus Testing
340 Granby Street, Room 4102,
Norfolk, VA 23510
Testing Hours: Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Call to schedule an appointment
Portsmouth Campus Testing Center
120 Campus Drive, Portsmouth, VA 23701
Testing Hours: Call to schedule an appointment
If you have a documented learning or physical disability that would prevent you from taking a CLEP examination, you may request special accommodations and arrangements. For specific detail, contact the campus testing center CLEP test administrator.
Prepare in Advance
Learning resources are available online at www.collegeboard.com. An official study guide is also available for purchase. Contact the College Board Store at (212) 713-8165.
CLEP scores will be sent to the institution(s) selected on the test day. You will receive a Candidate Score Report/Additional CLEP Transcript Request Form following the exam, except for the English Composition exam. If you need to request a CLEP transcript at a later date you may do so by ordering a CLEP transcript online, or by mail or phone.
Send a $20 check (processing fee), made payable to the College Level Examination Program, to: CLEP Transcript Request Service P.O. Box 6600 Princeton , NJ 08541-6600
Call (800) 257-9558. Major credit cards are accepted.
College Board or call (609) 771-7865.
CLEP Policies - Official information on Registrar's site
CLEP policies vary for college to college. Before you take any CLEP examinations, find out which exams your college recognizes as well as its requirements for earning CLEP credits.
- Make certain that you know the test center code of the receiving institution (TCC Test Center Code: 5226).
- You may not repeat the same CLEP examination within a six (6) month period. If you repeat a CLEP exam of the same title within six months, the College Board will cancel your test and your test fees will be forfeited.
- If you do not want your scores reported, notify the test administrator before you begin your exam. You will be asked to verify that you want your score cancelled in the software. You CANNOT cancel a score after seeing the results.
- TCC’s Central Records Office evaluates CLEP test results only if you select TCC as a ‘Designated Institution.’ To receive credit for a CLEP exam, submit a CLEP transcript and a complete an Evaluation of Previous Educational Experiences Form.
Tidewater Community College
Central Records/Office of the College Registrar
P.O. Box 9000
Norfolk, VA 23509-9000
- Visit the College Board Web site for additional information or call (800) 257-9558 or email CLEP@info.collegeboard.org.