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Johnston Community College is a national test center for the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), which offers online computerized testing for course credit. CLEP exams allow you to receive credit and exemption for a course if a minimum score is obtained. JCC students as well as the general public may take CLEP exams in the Testing Center room 1109 of the Wilson Building. Johnston Community College offers ALL available CLEP tests by the College Board during each month’s test date. Advance registration is required.

Johnston Community College administers College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) once a month on Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m.

CLEP Testing Dates:


  • April 23
  • May 7
  • May 21
  • June 4
  • June 18
  • July 16
  • August 6
  • September 17
  • October 15
  • November 5
  • December 17

For questions and to find out more information about these exams, you can contact the testing coordinator at JCC by calling (919) 209-2228.

The following table shows CLEP credit guidelines for students who desire to receive credit for a course at Johnston Community College.

Examination Credit Granting Score Credits Granted (Semester Hrs)* Equated JCC Course(s)
American Government 50 3 POL 120
American Literature 50 3 ENG 233
Biology 50 4 BIO 110
Calculus 50 3 MAT 271
Chemistry 50 4 CHM 131/131A
College Algebra 50 3 MAT 161
College Composition Modular** 50 6 ENG 111 & (ENG 112 or 113)
English Literature 50 3 ENG 243
Financial Accounting 50 4 ACC 120
French Language-Level 1 50 6 Humanities Elective
German Language-Level 1 50 6 Humanities Elective
History of the United States I: Early Colonization to 1877 50 3 HIS 131
History of the United States II:  1865 to the Present 50 3 HIS 132
Human Growth and Development 50 3 PSY 241
Information Systems & Computer Applications 50 3 CIS 110
Introductory Business Law 50 3 BUS 115
Introductory Psychology 50 3 PSY 150
Introductory Sociology 50 3 SOC 210
Precalculus 50 3 MAT 175
Principles of Macroeconomics 50 3 ECO 252
Principles of Management 50 3 BUS 137
Principles of Marketing 50 3 MKT 120
Principles of Microeconomics 50 3 ECO 251
Spanish Language-Level 1 50 6 SPA 111 & SPA 112
Spanish Language-Level 2 63 12 SPA 111, SPA 112, SPA 211, SPA 212
Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648 50 3 Social Science Elective
Western Civilization II:  1648 to Present 50 3 Social Science Elective

*The American Council on Education (ACE) recommends a credit-granting score of 50 for each CLEP exam. This is a scaled score, equivalent to earning a C in the relevant course.

**JCC also requires the written essay portion for which there is an additional charge.

To secure a reservation for an exam date, please complete the following steps:
  1. Create your free College Board personal account at
  2. Print your CLEP Exam Registration Ticket upon completion of your payment. An example is in the Information for Test Takers Booklet.
  3. Complete Johnston Community College’s CLEP Registration Form. Be sure to include your Ticket ID and your Voucher ID on your registration form. Do not send this form until you have paid for your exam.
  4. Send your CLEP Registration Form and your administrative fee of $15 (payable to Johnston Community College) no later than one week prior to the test date to the following:

Testing Coordinator
Johnston Community College
Student Services
PO Box 2350
Smithfield, NC 27577

For students requesting examination for CLEP College Composition Modular, there is an additional charge of $10 to cover the written essay portion. After the student takes the computerized assessment, the student may take the paper based essay portion. The minimum credit granting score must be obtained before the essay portion is attempted. Please allow at least four weeks for a written essay exam to be ordered and obtained from College Board.

CLEP test results are received immediately after the computerized exam is complete. Students receive a printout of their score results and the score is sent instantaneously to CLEP administrators at the College Board. If requested at the time of the exam, an official transcript of the course grade is mailed within one to three weeks to the recipient college from CLEP.

CLEP regulations state that if a student does not successfully pass an exam, he or she must wait six months to retake the same exam. Additional information on CLEP testing, including individual exam descriptions and subject guides, is available at

CLEP for Military Personnel

CLEP exams and optional essays are free to all eligible military personnel with proper military ID; however, service members will still be required to pay JCC's administrative fee of $15.00.

Military personnel will have the option of taking government-funded CLEP exams on computer, which means instant score reports, access to all exams, and a greater access for those National Guard units and Reservists who do not live near a base.

CLEP exams are funded by the U.S. government for the following:

  • Military personnel (Active Duty and Reserve):  Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard, Army Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Navy Reserve, Coast Guard Reserve, Army and Air National Guard.
  • Eligible civilian employees and spouses of participating Reserve Component and Coast Guard personnel.
  • Department of Defense Acquisition Personnel (only eligible for the following computer-based exams:  Principles of Macroeconomics, Principles of Microeconomics, and Principles of Marketing).
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