ACE Credit Recommendations

ACE, B-Level and C-Level Credit-Granting Scores for CLEP Exams

The scores and semester hours that appear in this table are the credit-granting scores and semester hours recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE). They are equivalent to a grade of C in the corresponding course.

The American Council on Education (ACE) recommends a credit-granting score of 50 for each CLEP exam. This is a scaled score, equivalent to earning a C in the relevant course; the corresponding raw score is determined after the panel of college faculty who teach the equivalent course perform a detailed and rigorous review of exam content. The review needs to be approved by the test development committee that oversees each CLEP exam.

In addition to determining the recommended credit-granting score of 50, college faculty members also recommend a scaled score that is equivalent to a grade of B. While ACE has not endorsed this B score, it is useful to those schools that print grade equivalents for CLEP exams on student transcripts, or those specialized programs that require a minimum grade of B on all transferred credit.

Computer Based Testing (CBT)
and Paper and Pencil Testing
Exam TitleACE Recommended
Score Weighting
Semester
Hours
B-LevelC-Level
Business
Financial Accounting5036550
Information Systems and Computer Applications5035950
Introductory Business Law5036050
Principles of Management5036350
Principles of Marketing5036550
Composition & Literature
American Literature5065850
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature5066050
College Composition5065950
College Composition Modular503/66050
English Literature5066250
Humanities5065650
History & Social Sciences
American Government5036350
History of the United States I5035650
History of the United States II5035750
Human Growth and Development5036350
Introduction to Educational Psychology5036250
Introductory Psychology5035950
Introductory Sociology5035950
Principles of Macroeconomics5036250
Principles of Microeconomics5036450
Social Sciences and History5066250
Western Civilization I5035750
Western Civilization II5035650
Science & Mathematics
Biology5065750
Calculus5046450
Chemistry5066550
College Algebra5036350
College Mathematics5066250
Natural Sciences5066250
Precalculus5036150
World Languages
French Language
Level 1
5066450
French Language
Level 2
59126959
German Language
Level 1
5065950
German Language
Level 2
60126760
Spanish Language
Level 1
5065650
Spanish Language
Level 2
63126863