We need everyone to send a quick email to College Board to help our younger students!
Students of every age are allowed to take CLEP, but if your student is not yet in 10th grade, College Board forces you to lie about their grade level to register for CLEP.
I’m sure you think this must be a mistake, right? It’s not. You can call, you can confirm, they will tell you to lie as well.
CLEP registration requires school-aged students to check the box that indicates their grade level. This is not an optional step. The “lowest” existing box is for 10th grade. College Board’s official reply when I called (and other parents have called/emailed) is to tell us that the grade level check-box is only “used for internal demographic information” and to mark 10th grade.
I’m not the only parent who is uncomfortable misrepresenting my teen’s grade on any kind of official document.
EVEN IF the College Board is using this for demographic information as they state, wouldn’t it be worth having accurate demographic information? After all, many students younger than 10th grade take CLEP exams every day. They are not being counted.
What to do
Please call, write, or email The College Board. You may use this wording or your own:
“The current registration process does not allow students younger than 10th grade to select their real grade level and instead requires selecting “10th grade” for younger students. This is a small, but important change that allows younger students to have integrity in their relationship with The College Board. Thank you.”
College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)
P.O. Box 6600
Princeton, NJ 08541-6600
Phone: 800-257-9558 or 212-237-1331
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (Professionals) <– homeschool parents use that address
E-mail: email@example.com (Students)Representatives are available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Time.