Exam Scoring

To determine your score on the CLEP, the test administrator first adds up the raw score. This is the number of questions answered correctly. The CLEP scoring system does not distinguish between unanswered questions and questions answered incorrectly. You should make an educated guess at answers you don’t know with certainty rather than leaving them blank. Once the raw score is determined, it is converted into a score on a scale of 20 to 80. The conversion takes into account slight differences in difficulty between test forms.

The American Council for Education has set 50 as the minimum passing score on all but the following exams: French Language, Level 2 (recommended minimum passing score is 62); German Language, Level 2 (63); and Spanish Language, Level 2 (63). If your exam includes an essay component, the unofficial score report available immediately after the exam will include only your performance on the multiple-choice questions. Essays are graded by trained college faculty and placed on a scale from 20 to 80. When you receive your complete score report, it will not include separate scores for the multiple-choice and essay components. Once you have seen your score, it becomes a permanent part of your CLEP transcript. This transcript is kept on file by the College Board for 20 years, during which time you may have it sent to an institution by filling out a simple request form.