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Watch List: 16 CLEP Exams Expiring 12/31/2022

If your teen is taking one of these CLEP exams, take note. Between now and then we hope to see a renewal, but if we don’t, it’s possible that they won’t be worth college credit at your target college. Read more for details.

Financial AccountingCLEP-0039 01/01/200712/31/20223
Spanish LanguageCLEP-0037 03/01/201512/31/20229
German LanguageCLEP-0036 03/01/201512/31/20229
PrecalculusCLEP-0035 10/01/201212/31/20223
Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East To 1648CLEP-0032 07/01/200112/31/20223
Western Civilization II: 1648 to the PresentCLEP-0033 07/01/200112/31/20223
Principles of MarketingCLEP-0029 10/01/201212/31/20223
Principles of MicroeconomicsCLEP-0030 10/01/201212/31/20223
Principles of MacroeconomicsCLEP-0027 10/01/201212/31/20223
Principles of ManagementCLEP-0028 03/01/201512/31/20223
Information SystemsCLEP-0022 10/01/201212/31/20223
BiologyCLEP-0018 07/01/200112/31/20226
College AlgebraCLEP-0013 01/01/200712/31/20223
Analyzing and Interpreting LiteratureCLEP-0011 03/01/201512/31/20223
American LiteratureCLEP-0010 03/01/201512/31/20223
College MathematicsCLEP-0004 03/01/201512/31/20226

What is ACE Evaluation?

ACE (American Council on Education) is a third party credit evaluator that evaluates all types of learning that happens outside of a college.

Many companies use ACE to evaluate their courses or credit by exam. When a course or exam is evaluated by ACE for college credit, it only holds that evaluation for a period of time (usually 3 years). At the end of that period, the company must seek to have their courses or exam renewed.

Without ACE evaluation, the likelihood of the course or exam being worth college credit is nearly ZERO.

Why do I care?

When a course or exam expires, one of 3 things will happen.

  1. The course or exam may be discontinued.
  2. The course or exam may be revised.
  3. The course or exam will be renewed for another 3 years.

The Most Important Thing

We can’t know which of the 3 things will happen until after it does. It is important, however, that consumers are aware of these dates. If a course or exam is discontinued, you must have finished it before the discontinuation date for it to be worth college credit. If a course or exam is revised, the scope of the content may change or even the credit value. If a course is renewed, you can continue on business as usual.

What Usually Happens

Usually, a course or exam is renewed and any possible gap in the date range is back-dated by ACE to cover the students who may have completed a course or exam during the gap. In companies that have been around for a very long time, renewal usually happens and the consumer is none the wiser.

Don’t Panic, But Be Aware

ACE evaluations always expire. Every course or exam that receives an ACE evaluation (CLEP, AP, DSST, Studycom, Sophia, Saylor Academy, Straighterline, ALEKS, etc.) are “worth” college credit because of this ACE evaluation. As such, any company in the business of selling college credit products will be HIGHLY MOTIVATED to make sure the course or exam gets renewed.

What to do?

  1. Watch and wait.
  2. If you’re close to finishing the course or taking the exam, do it before the expiration date.
  3. If you use this company’s courses or exam in your homeschool, send them an email and ask them to renew their ACE evaluation – it makes a huge difference!


Executive Director of Homeschooling for College Credit

2 thoughts on “Watch List: 16 CLEP Exams Expiring 12/31/2022

  1. My son took the history and college composition a few years ago and just needs one more credit to earn his associate degree. He went to a vocational college that ended with a certificate. He is thinking about taking the last class now. Does he have to worry that his CLEPs won’t be accepted?

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