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Take a CLEP for free!

Taking a CLEP Exam Using Modern States –

STEP by STEP instructions

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Modern States offers free, online classes to help you prepare for CLEP exams. When you complete a course through Modern States you will receive a free voucher for the exam.

Here are the steps:

  1. Create an account at .
  2. Choose a class from the Modern States catalog.
  3. Enroll and complete the course. View the videos (or read the transcripts) and answer all of the practice questions. You can view your progress in the class by choosing the progress tab at the top of the screen.image 1
  4. Request a voucher when you’ve completed 100% of the course. You will need to upload a screenshot of your course progress. It will look like the image above, but the total at the right needs to be 100%. You should receive an email from Modern States with the voucher code within a few days.
  5. Register for the CLEP exam using the voucher number you received. Add the voucher number at the checkout (see the image below). Your total will be $0. Print the CLEP Exam Registration Ticket. Bring this to the testing center.image 2
  6. Make an appointment at your local testing center to take the exam. Your Exam Registration Ticket expires six months from the date your order it. You can take the exam any time before it expires.
  7. Take the CLEP exam. You will need to bring the Exam Registration Ticket, a valid ID, and money for the test center fee. (Make sure that you get a receipt for the test center fee! My test center receipt always lists the wrong test -the Accuplacer- but it has always been accepted by Modern States.)
  8. Submit a reimbursement request for the test center fee. You will need to attach a copy of your score report and the test center fee receipt in addition to providing the CLEP voucher number you received in step 4.

The voucher is received from Modern States after completing their course and is used to purchase a CLEP Exam Registration Ticket from the College Board.

The CLEP Exam Registration Ticket is presented at the testing center and allows you to take the CLEP exam.

CLEP can really save you thousands of dollars, and you can use it anywhere CLEP is accepted (about half the colleges in the country accept CLEP). 

Thinking about taking your first CLEP?  Get started now


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3 thoughts on “Take a CLEP for free!

  1. Why does Modern States pay for the CLEP exam? What’s in it for them?

    1. “Modern States Education Alliance is a non-profit dedicated to making a high quality college education free of cost and accessible to any person who seeks one…Modern States is partnering with edX, the leading online learning platform founded by Harvard and MIT. Modern States has given edX the money to complete the development of more than 30 high quality freshman college courses, taught by some of the world’s leading universities and professors. Each course includes online lectures, quizzes, tests, and other features. Textbooks and materials will also be provided online, free of charge. Modern States works like a global digital public library of great college courses. Enrollment in Modern States courses will be “massively open” to all people without regard to age, location, family income, nationality, prior credits or other factors. Modern States was initially conceived and funded by businessman and philanthropist Steve Klinsky (the CEO of Modern States), but has grown as an alliance with the guidance and support of other education and foundation leaders. College systems with over two million students have affiliated with Modern States Education Alliance, including systems in New York, Texas, Ohio, Indiana and Tennessee.Modern States is a philanthropy intended to increase global access to high quality education and seeks to partner with others who share its goals.” -Modern States “About” page

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