Contact Information

Testing Center
Phone: 651-450-3650
Location: CC290


Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
(6 p.m. last time to start testing)

Friday: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
(10 a.m. last time to start testing)


  • Sept 7
  • Nov 11, 26 and 27
  • Dec 25
  • Jan 1

CLEP testing (Mon and Wed 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) by appointment only- Please contact the Testing Center to make an appointment.

GED testing by appointment only- Please register by going to

CLEP Testing

Inver Hills has recently migrated to the CLEP iBT platform.  As a result, our registration procedures have changed. Please start by registering for a College Board account, and pay for your CLEP exam. After receiving your ticket ID, you may call us at 651-450-3650 to reserve a test date and time. Please have your ticket ID number from CLEP available when you call.

The College-Level Examination Program or CLEP provides students of any age with the opportunity to demonstrate college-level achievement through a program of exams in undergraduate college courses. There are 2,900 colleges that grant credit and/or advanced standing for CLEP exams.

Through CLEP testing, students may be awarded credit for equivalent Inver Hills classes in composition and literature, social sciences, math and science, world languages, and business. See the equivalency chart icon_pdf for a grid that shows courses, minimum scores, credits awarded, and MnTC requirements that credits count toward.

Credits earned through CLEP exams are not counted as resident credits at Inver Hills and may not be used to satisfy the resident credit requirement for graduation. Inver Hills has a residency requirement of 20 Inver Hills credits or 9 Inver Hills credits and 11 credits from another MnSCU institution. Because of this requirement, Inver Hills will accept a maximum of 40 credits from other sources, including CLEP, for an associate degree.

For CLEP sample questions and preparation, visit CLEP test preparation.

What is CLEP?

CLEP (College-Level Examination Program) is a nationally recognized standardized form of testing for students who wish to obtain credit for what they know. There are two types of CLEP exams: general exams and specific subject exams. CLEP examinations are recommended only for students with advanced knowledge in subject fields not usually acquired in typical high school curricula.

When and where does Inver Hills administer the CLEP exams?

For information on exam dates and times, call the IHCC CLEP line at 651-450-3650 or e-mail

Currently, the Inver Hills Testing Center is administering CLEP exams on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Hours are subject to change during summer and term breaks.) The Inver Hills Testing Center is located in the College Center building and parking is available in the College Center Lot or the College Road West or East Lot.

How do I register for an exam?

Start by registering for a College Board account, and pay for your CLEP examination. After receiving your ticket ID, you may call us at (651)450-3650 to reserve a test date and time. Please have your ticket ID number from CLEP available when you call.

How much does it cost to take the CLEP exam?

Charges for the exams include a $20 nonrefundable service fee and a $80 exam fee for each CLEP exam taken. You will pay the CLEP fee to College Board online, and the $20 service to IHCC when you arrive to test. All fees must be paid before you can begin the exam. The service fee is due when your Registration/Application form is submitted to the testing center.

How many exams may I take in one day?

You may take up to two exams in a session. Each exam is approximately 90 minutes in length. It is suggested that two hours be set aside for each exam, including check-in and completion of registration. A separate ticket ID must be provided for each exam.

How much credit can I earn by passing a CLEP exam?

Although CLEP is a national testing program, the number of credits you receive for a passing score depends on the institution to which you are reporting the scores. You will not be able to earn CLEP credit in subject areas for which credit has already been earned at an accredited institution. Before registering for CLEP exams, check with the registrar at the school to which you want to transfer your CLEP scores to assure that credits will be accepted. Equivalent courses and required scores for Inver Hills are listed on the Credit by Examination Policy grid.

How will I find out my score?

Official test scores will be displayed on the computer screen after you complete your test. The test administrator will print the score for you. If an essay exam is taken, you will not be able to obtain the essay score the day the exam is taken. CLEP will mail you a copy of your score.

You can request that an official transcript of your score be sent to a college or university when you pay for your exam. The College Board will mail the report directly to the designated institution within approximately two weeks. After the exam day, you may order an official transcript to be sent to the institution of your choice by using the transcript order form at the bottom of your score print-out. CLEP charges a $20.00 fee for this service.

What study materials are available?

Books describing the CLEP exams and examples of CLEP exam questions are available in public libraries and area bookstores.You can also purchase online downloadable versions through the "My Account" function and the College Board store.

What do I need to remember about exam day?

  • On your exam date, park in the College Center Lot or the College Road West or East Lot and come to the Inver Hills Testing Center in the College Center building (right next to the Welcome Center). Bring your government-issued photo ID. You will not be allowed to take the exam without a picture ID. It is recommended that you arrive early for the exam appointment.
  • Voluntary "TEST QUIT." If you decide to quit the test voluntarily, there will not be a refund of the test fee; you must also wait six months before retesting in the same subject.
  • Students are not allowed to use calculators, cell phones, or pagers, or to chew gum during testing. Books, papers, purses, and other materials may not be brought into the exam room. Lockers are provided. The college is not responsible for personal items.
  • Please note there are no breaks during exams unless you have been granted accommodations from the College Board.