10 Oct 2009 01:37 UTCSat 10 Oct 2009 - 1:37 am UTC
I'm looking for some statistics related to CLEP exams. For those unfamiliar with CLEP exams, here is a link: http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/clep/about.html
Most important questions:
#1 - How many students take CLEP exam each year?
#2 - How many individual CLEP exams are taken each year?
#3 - What is the pass rate (or approximate pass rate) for CLEP exams?
Bonus questions (answers are not required but if you are able to answer them it will be reflected in the tip):
#4 - What are the most popular CLEP exams? How many people take each exam every year?
#5 - What is the breakdown in terms of people taking CLEP exams here in terms of US students vs. international students? What countries are CLEP exams most popular in?
Let me know if I can provide clarification for any of the above questions.
10 Oct 2009 12:17 UTCSat 10 Oct 2009 - 12:17 pm UTC
Hello jbischke and thank you for your question.
Here is the information I was able to find about College-Level Examination Program tests
#1 137,000 Students (2002)
149,659 students in 2007-2008
# of Scores 50 or Above 126,853 (2007-2008)
#2 Overall, more than 200,000 CLEP examinations were administered last year; a third of these were administered to active-duty military, who can take the exams at no cost.
# of Exams Taken 207,305 (2007-2008)
#3 Pass Rates:
CLEP, College Board do not publish their overall pass rates, but the military posts their CLEP pass rates online. Here are the results:
CLEP Spanish Language – 88%
CLEP Analyzing and Interpreting Literature – 71%
CLEP Principles of Management – 67%
CLEP Principles of Marketing – 64%
CLEP German Language – 64%
CLEP Freshman College Composition – 64%
CLEP French Language – 63%
CLEP Western Civilization 1 – 55%
CLEP Social Sciences and History – 47%
CLEP Introductory Sociology – 45%
CLEP Western Civilization 2 – 44%
CLEP Introductory Psychology – 42%
CLEP College Mathematics – 40%
CLEP Natural Sciences – 40%
CLEP Information Systems and Computer Applications – 40%
CLEP English Composition with Essay – 39%
CLEP Humanities – 37%
CLEP English Literature – 33%
CLEP History of the United States 2 – 32%
CLEP History of the United States 1 – 31%
CLEP Biology – 31%
CLEP English Composition – 31%
CLEP Introduction into Educational Psychology – 29%
CLEP Precal – 28%
CLEP American Government – 24%
CLEP Principles of Macroeconomics – 22%
CLEP Human Growth and Development – 22%
CLEP Introductory Business Law – 21%
CLEP Principles of Microeconomics – 20%
CLEP American Literature – 18%
CLEP College Algebra – 17%
CLEP Calculus – 17%
CLEP Financial Accounting – 7%
CLEP Chemistry – 4%
#4 The most popular is the Spanish language exam, according to Ariel Foster, executive director of the CLEP program, who said more than 26,000 people took the Spanish exam last year.
Other popular examinations include: English composition, college algebra, introductory sociology, and analyzing and interpreting literature.
#5 International CLEP test centers: (No international comparisons are available)
United Arab Emirates
Thank you very much for your question.
All the best
13 Oct 2009 21:53 UTCTue 13 Oct 2009 - 9:53 pm UTC
This is great but where did you get the military pass numbers? I would love to get a reference on that before I sign off on this answer. Thanks!
13 Oct 2009 22:34 UTCTue 13 Oct 2009 - 10:34 pm UTC
Hello again jbischke,
You can find the military pass rate numbers at:
"Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support, Department of Defence website"
All the best
15 Oct 2009 23:49 UTCThu 15 Oct 2009 - 11:49 pm UTC
I'm glad you were pleased with the results of my research...
All the best