The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) gives students the opportunity to receive college-level credit for what they already know by earning qualifying scores on any one of the CLEP exams. Interested students should take the CLEP Examinations before enrolling for classes at the College.

Credit earned through CLEP Examinations will count toward general education and graduation requirements only.  CLEP credit is transfer credit and therefore cannot duplicate credit already earned from another source. Lincoln College will accept up to 30 credit hours of CLEP credit. A minimum score of 50 (equivalent to a grade of C) is considered a passing score. Exams may be repeated six months after the initial testing date if necessary to achieve a passing score.  CLEP credits do not apply toward meeting the Lincoln College residency requirements in any degree or major.

For English Composition credit through CLEP, students must complete the Freshman College Composition Exam including essays. Students will be given up to 6 credit hours in English Composition upon successful completion of the exam.

When registering for CLEP exams, students should request that an official copy of test scores be sent directly to Lincoln College. Testing sites close to either Lincoln College campus include Illinois Central College, Illinois State University, Illinois Valley Community College, and Lincoln Land Community College. For information about additional testing sites and other details, contact CLEP directly at (609) 771-7865 or visit their web site at