what happens if I fail my clep exam

I failed my CLEP exam. Now what?

Feb 26, 2021 | Career

So, you signed up with Smarter with Achieve, attended the prep course sessions, reviewed the study guides and suggestions, and still didn’t pass your exam. What happens next?

There is a waiting period before you can retake the exam. But, there is a lot you can do during that time, including re-enrolling in the prep course (free of charge at Smarter with Achieve) and upping your study efforts for the retake.

What do I do during the waiting period?

There is a 90-day waiting period to retake a CLEP exam. But this only applies to retakes on the exact same exam. So, for example, if you take and fail your English Composition exam, you can still take an Introductory to Psychology CLEP exam the next day. However, you would have to wait three months to retake your English Composition exam.

What should you do about your failed exam in the meantime? Start studying for your exam retake right away. By studying a little every day, you’ll be more prepared the second time around for your exam.

What’s a passing CLEP score?

To aim for a passing score on your CLEP retake, you must first understand what ‘passing’ means for your circumstance. Be sure that you find out what your school considers a passing CLEP exam score for the test you’re planning to take. The College Board accepts a score of 50 as a passing score, but each college may set its own policy on a passing exam score. Double-check with your academic advisor to be sure what a passing score is for your intended test subject and how it’s applied as college credits.

What does my college do with my old scores?

If you don’t pass your exam the first time, the College Board will keep your old score until you retake the test. If you pass your test the second time, the College Board will replace your old score with your passing score and send those updated scores to your school of choice. The College Board does not keep track of your old scores.

But, what does your college do with your old CLEP scores? Most schools will allow you to retake a CLEP exam, but few won’t. Most of the time, your college will accept your most recent scores. Still, it’s best to check with your academic advisor on your school’s CLEP retake policy.

Remember whether you pass or not, your CLEP scores don’t affect your grade point average (GPA). Nothing is logged on your college transcript indicating you failed your CLEP test.

What can I do to ensure I pass the second time?

Write down the topics you struggled with.
  • As soon as you get home from your exam, be sure to write down everything you wished you studied more. Use that list as a guide on what to focus on for the next time.
Practice makes perfect.
  • Be sure to take plenty of practice tests on the subject you failed.
Prep with Smarter.
  • Smarter with Achieve’s Customer Success program is here to walk you through your exam should you not pass your test the first time. You’ll get a customized study plan and one-on-one support to ensure that you pass your exam.
Pass your CLEP exam with  Smarter with Achieve

While many who prep with Smarter pass their exams, we’re here for you with personalized support in the chance you don’t. As soon as one of our customers fails, our customer support team kicks in with a customized plan.

We offer:

  • Free Course Retakes
  • Free Refresher Courses
  • Free One-on-One Tutoring

Our unique test remediation program ensures your success and costs nothing. If you ever fail an exam, we will give you the attention and additional resources you need until you pass. And, if you don’t give up, neither will we!

Ready to start with Smarter? Contact us today to get started.





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