College Level Examination Program – CLEP

The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is a group of standardized tests created and administered by College Board. These tests assess college-level knowledge in thirty-six subject areas and provide a mechanism for earning college credits without taking college courses. They are administered at more than 1,700 sites (colleges, universities, and military installations) across the United States. There are about 2,900 colleges which grant CLEP credit. Each institution awards credit to students who meet the college's minimum qualifying score for that exam, which is typically 50 to 60 out of a possible 80, but varies by site and exam. These tests are useful for individuals who have obtained knowledge outside the classroom, such as through independent study, homeschooling, job experience, or cultural interaction; and for students schooled outside the United States. They provide an opportunity to demonstrate proficiency in specific subject areas and bypass undergraduate coursework. Many take CLEP exams because of their convenience and lower cost (typically $80) compared to a semester of coursework for comparable credit.


  • American Government
  • History of the United States I: Early Colonization to 1877
  • History of the United States II: 1865 to the Present
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Introduction to Educational Psychology
  • Introductory Psychology
  • Introductory Sociology
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Social Sciences and History
  • Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648
  • Western Civilization II: 1648 to the Present


  • American Literature
  • Analyzing and Interpreting Literature
  • College Composition*
  • College Composition Modular
  • English Literature
  • Humanities

*Most recommended test for students transferring ENGL1111 & ENGL1112 (English Composition I & II requirements)


  • Biology*
  • Calculus
  • Chemistry*
  • College Algebra**
  • College Mathematics**
  • Natural Sciences
  • Precalculus

*Most recommended test for students transferring 6 credits towards the Natural Sciences section **Most recommended test for students transferring 3 credits towards the Mathematics requirement


  • Financial Accounting
  • Information Systems*
  • Introductory Business Law
  • Principles of Management
  • Principles of Marketing

*Most recommended test for students transferring 3 credits towards the Computers and Computing requirement


  • French Language (Levels 1 and 2)
  • German Language (Levels 1 and 2)
  • Spanish Language (Levels 1 and 2)

**Most recommended test for students transferring 12 credits towards the Free Electives section by taking Levels 1 and 2.

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