The American Council on Education (ACE)

View the credit-granting scores and semester hours recommended by the American Council on Education.

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The American Council on Education (ACE)

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. The American Council on Education's College Credit Recommendation Service (CREDIT®) was established in 1974 to connect workplace learning with colleges and universities by helping students gain access to academic credit for formal training taken outside traditional degree programs.

ACE has conducted periodic reviews of the CLEP program. The ACE team of subject matter experts and psychometricians interview CLEP's content and statistical staff. The experts also 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 exams' content validity and technical adequacy meet ACE standards.

ACE Credit Recommendations

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.

  ACE Recommendations    
Exam Title Credit-Granting
Score (C-Level)
Financial Accounting 50 3 65
Information Systems 50 3 66
Introductory Business Law 50 3 60
Principles of Management 50 3 63
Principles of Marketing 50 3 65
Composition & Literature
American Literature 50 3 53
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature 50 3 59
College Composition 50 6 59
College Composition Modular 50 3 60
English Literature 50 3 62
Humanities 50 3 55
History & Social Sciences
American Government 50 3 63
History of the United States I 50 3 56
History of the United States II 50 3 57
Human Growth and Development 50 3 58
Introduction to Educational Psychology 50 3 62
Introductory Psychology 50 3 59
Introductory Sociology 50 3 56
Principles of Macroeconomics 50 3 62
Principles of Microeconomics 50 3 64
Social Sciences and History 50 6 62
Western Civilization I 50 3 55
Western Civilization II 50 3 54
Science & Mathematics
Biology 50 6 56
Calculus 50 4 64
Chemistry 50 6 65
College Algebra 50 3 63
College Mathematics 50 6 57
Natural Sciences 50 6 62
Precalculus 50 3 61
World Languages*
French Language
Level 1 Proficiency
50 6 64
French Language
Level 2 Proficiency
59 9 69
German Language
Level 1 Proficiency
50 6 59
German Language
Level 2 Proficiency
60 9 67
Spanish Language
Level 1 Proficiency
50 6 56
Spanish Language
Level 2 Proficiency
63 9 68

* For each of the world languages, there is only one exam covering both Level 1 and 2 content. ACE recommends 6 semester hours of credit for mastery of Level 1 content (a score of 50) and 9 semester hours of credit for mastery of both Levels 1 and 2 (a score of 59 on French Language, 60 on German Language, and 63 on Spanish Language).