Recognized in the country’s Top 20 CLEP test centers

  Thursday, November 16, 2023

By Teresa Garcia

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – UTRGV’s Edinburg Testing Center has been given the CLEP Honors National Achievement award for being a top 20 CLEP (College-Level Examination Program) honors test center.   

The center was recognized at the National College Testing Association Annual Conference in August in Las Vegas, for administering high CLEP exam volumes during the 2022-23 school year.   

The annual CLEP Honors Award recognizes CLEP test centers that administer high volumes of CLEP exams, providing students the opportunity to earn college credit and achieve their educational goals.   

To make it into the top 20, national test centers were recognized for administering the highest number of self-funded/DANTES-funded CLEP exams.   

“The CLEP is a credit by examination program that allows students to earn college credits if they pass an exam,” said Cynthia (Cindy) Valdez, associate vice president in the university’s College Access and K-12 Partnerships program.   

“This can be cost effective for students, but the bigger benefit is that they are closer to graduation,” she said. “Recognition by the College Board as one of the top 20 CLEP testing sites in the nation means UTRGV provides a strong variety of opportunities for students to attain a diploma.”    

The College Board website says the CLEP organization values longstanding relationships with institutions and organizations committed to increasing access to higher education. Each test center has been commended for support in promoting CLEP.   

In addition to UTRGV, other UT System institutions in the CLEP Top 20 include UT Arlington, UT Austin and UT San Antonio. 


The CLEP Honors Award is an annual College Board program. The 2023 CLEP Honors Awards for the top 20 qualifying centers were awarded based on exams administered from July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2023. reports that CLEP students are more likely to graduate, as passing a CLEP exam correlates to a 5.5 percent increase in degree completion. The estimate is stronger in groups who traditionally struggle to graduate, such as students at a two-year college, military students, students 25 or older, first-generation students, and underrepresented students.    

“The CLEP Honors National Achievement award for being a top 20 CLEP Test Center is an example of UTRGV's dedication to assisting students in obtaining their degrees,” said Dr. Cynthia Walls, director of P-16 Outreach and Testing Services. “This award is also a testament to the great P-16 Outreach and Testing Services staff who believe in providing students with the best possible testing environment."   

To learn more about CLEP or to register for a test at URGV, visit the link here.    


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund – a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions.

UTRGV has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley including in Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly The University of Texas at Brownsville campus), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American campus), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. UTRGV, a comprehensive academic institution, enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016.