Free tests for college credit offered in N.H.

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Published: 10/5/2020 4:40:55 PM

The state’s partnership with a philanthropic effort means 1,000 free exams are being offered that can be used for college credit.

Under the partnership announced Monday, the Department of Education said a philanthropy called the Modern States Education Alliance will pay for up to 1,000 College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests given by the College Board.  A passed CLEP test can result in free college credit through this program, saving students money. 

Those tests are accepted for credit at 2,900 colleges and universities across the country, including the University System of New Hampshire and the state’s Community College System. Several private colleges in New Hampshire also accept CLEP results for credit, including New England College in Henniker. 

Modern States was started in 2017 by Steve Klinsky, founder of a private equity firm, to reduce the cost of getting a college education. It offers free online college courses, free online textbooks and course materials.

Modern States is connecting with other states, including New York, to offer some CLEP tests for free.

“Modern States paying for the costs of the CLEP tests will effectively let New Hampshire students earn college credit for free,” said Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut.

Modern States says more than 230,000 students have signed up for the program. For more information, visit

CLEP tests are given through the year at a half-dozen locations, including Granite State College and NHTI in Concord.

(David Brooks can be reached at 369-3313 or or on Twitter @GraniteGeek.)
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David Brooks is a reporter and the writer of the sci/tech column Granite Geek and blog, as well as moderator of Science Cafe Concord events. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in mathematics he became a newspaperman, working in Virginia and Tennessee before spending 28 years at the Nashua Telegraph . He joined the Monitor in 2015.

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