College bound students at Plainview High School now have another option to earn college credit ahead of time.
The school is certified to offer College Level Examination Program, or CLEP, testing at the high school level, letting students take a 90 minute multiple choice exam to earn college credit.
Gifted and Talented Coordinator Christy Sudderth said the school offered CLEP testing roughly eight years ago, when it was covered by a specific grant.
“I felt like it was a good service for the students so we got re-certified to do it,” Sudderth said.
CLEP testing is similar to Advanced Placement testing in that it lets students test out of college courses, but the two differ. AP testing requires students to take AP courses, which are college level and followed by a three hour AP exam at the end of the year that determines how much college credit they’ve earned. CLEP testing, by contrast, is geared toward students who already have knowledge about a particular topic and would like to earn credit for it quickly.
“They take the AP test in May, and it’s July before they know the results,” Sudderth said. “So if they take the test as a senior, it’s July before they know if they have college credit. Most of them have already had to enroll and they’re kind of in limbo.”
Sudderth said she’s administered the Spanish test to three students so far, two of whom were bilingual.
“Of course they did great, and the other student just took Spanish 1 and Spanish 2 here,” Sudderth said. “They all earned college credit.”
Sudderth said she’s had other students express interest in taking the exam in areas they have special interest in.
“We have study guides with sample questions on it,” Sudderth said. “They can take that, study for it, come in, pay $80 and take the test and they may have three or six hours of credit.”
Students also get to learn how they performed right after they’re done taking the test. If they don’t make a high enough score to earn college credit, they can retry again in six months.
“The thing is, every college has a policy,” Sudderth said. “Sometimes OU will accept one course and OSU won’t.  It’s totally up to the college. They really need to know what college they’re going to before they take one.”