The American Council on Education (ACE), founded in 1918, is the nation's unifying voice for higher education. ACE serves as a consensus leader on key higher education issues and seeks to influence public policy through advocacy, research and program initiatives. Within ACE, the Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL) is one of the nation's most trusted leaders for evaluating education and training attained outside the classroom. Since 1942, organizations have relied on CLL to document the training and education acquired by adult students outside of colleges and universities.
ACE has conducted periodic reviews of the CLEP program. The ACE team of subject matter experts, from a variety of disciplines, as well as psychometricians, interview CLEP's content and statistical staff. They review detailed reports and analysis across the spectrum of technical and exam content areas. In addition, they examine all publications and general operating procedures. CLEP's procedures, managerial controls, policies, and the content validity and technical adequacy of the exams meet ACE standards.
ACE makes the following credit-granting recommendations:
- ACE recommends a uniform credit-granting score of 50 across all subjects (with the exception of Level 2 French, German and Spanish), representing the performance of students who earn a grade of C in the corresponding course.
- ACE recommends the following scores for Level 2 (four-semester) world-language examinations representing the performance of students who earn a grade of C in the corresponding course: 60 for German language, 59 for French language and 63 for Spanish language.
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70% of CLEP test-takers said their CLEP credits made a difference in their ability to finance tuition and other fees.
91% of CLEP test-takers said CLEP made a difference in helping them complete their degrees.
92% of institutions offer PLA credits to provide a time-saving avenue for degree completion.
More than 50% of PLA students earned a degree in seven years, compared to 21% of non-PLA students.
Students who receive credit-by-examination through CLEP for an introductory course are much more likely to earn an A or B in subsequent courses than students who complete the introductory course.
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