CLEP Ends Paper-Based Testing Option: Incarcerated Students Left Out in the Cold

By Christopher Zoukis


     A reader of my text, Education Behind Bars: A Win-Win Strategy for Maximum Security, recently notified me that the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) has ceased offering their paper-based examination option.  This means that CLEP testing is now technologically unavailable to virtually all incarcerated students, since most of these students lack access to internet connected computers or testing centers.

The letter from CLEP reads, in part: “Unfortunately, the College Board has decided to discontinue the paper and pencil testing program as of December 31, 2011 due to decreasing test-taker volumes and an increase in program maintenance costs. . . Since CLEP paper and pencil testing will be discontinued, you may want to investigate taking a correspondence course as an alternative solution to fulfill your educational goals. . . Once again, we at the College Board thank you for your interest in taking CLEP exams and we wish you the best of luck in your future educational endeavors.”

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