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UPDATED POST **new dates** for 16 CLEP 12/31/22 expiration

This is an UPDATED post tracking the expiration dates of 16 CLEP exams that were set to expire on 12/31/2022. The NEW expiration dates are given as 12/31/2027 except for 4 exams. Renewals are typically for 3 years, so I always find inconsistencies noteworthy. These 3 exams received a 3 month renewal, which could indicate significant content revision changes of those exams this year!!!

ExamCLEP NumberApprovalExpirationCredits
Financial AccountingCLEP-003901/01/200712/31/20273
Spanish LanguageCLEP-003703/01/201512/31/20279
German LanguageCLEP-003603/01/201511/31/20239
Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East To 1648CLEP-003207/01/200112/31/20273
Western Civilization II: 1648 to the PresentCLEP-003307/01/200112/31/20273
Principles of MarketingCLEP-002910/01/201212/31/20273
Principles of MicroeconomicsCLEP-003010/01/201212/31/20273
Principles of MacroeconomicsCLEP-002710/01/201212/31/20273
Principles of ManagementCLEP-002803/01/201512/31/20273
Information SystemsCLEP-002210/01/201212/31/20273
College AlgebraCLEP-001301/01/20073/31/20233
Analyzing and Interpreting LiteratureCLEP-001103/01/201512/31/20273
American LiteratureCLEP-001003/01/201512/31/20273
College MathematicsCLEP-000403/01/20153/31/20236

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.


Executive Director of Homeschooling for College Credit