Sample CLEP Policy

Consider our sample CLEP policy when establishing your institution's credit-granting scores.

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The following is a sample CLEP policy for an institution that grants credit for all CLEP exams. The credit-granting scores and credit hours listed are those recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE).

CLEP Policy at XYZ University

XYZ University welcomes students from a wide variety of backgrounds and learning experiences. Many students come to our institution with a firm grounding in a particular discipline. We recognize their prior learning by accepting a full range of College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP®) exams, which measure mastery of college-level, introductory course content.

Students who achieve required credit-granting scores on these exams can earn the credits and course exemptions listed below. Our institution will grant a total of 60 credits for successful performance on CLEP examinations.

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CLEP Examination

Credit-Granting Score

Credit Hours Granted

Equivalent Course

Composition and Literature

American Literature

50

3 hours

English 105

Analyzing and Interpreting Literature

50

3 hours

English 115

College Composition

50

6 hours

Writing 101, 102

College Composition Modular

50

3 hours

English 101

English Literature

50

3 hours

English 121

Humanities

50

3 hours

Humanities elective

World Languages *

French Language, Level 1

50

6 hours

French 101, 102

French Language, Level 2

62

9 hours

French 101, 102, 201

German Language, Level 1

50

6 hours

German 101, 102

German Language, Level 2

60

9 hours

German 101, 102, 201

Spanish Language, Level 1

50

6 hours

Spanish 101, 102

Spanish Language, Level 2

63

9 hours

Spanish 101, 102, 201

History and Social Sciences

American Government

50

3 hours

History 201

History of the United States I: Early Colonization to 1877

50

3 hours

History 110

History of the United States II: 1865 to the Present

50

3 hours

History 111

Human Growth and Development

50

3 hours

Psychology 103

Introduction to Educational Psychology

50

3 hours

Psychology 104

Introductory Psychology

50

3 hours

Psychology 101

Introductory Sociology

50

3 hours

Sociology 101

Principles of Macroeconomics

50

3 hours

Economics 101

Principles of Microeconomics

50

3 hours

Economics 102

Social Sciences and History

50

6 hours

Social science elective

Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648

50

3 hours

History 101

Western Civilization II: 1648 to the Present

50

3 hours

History 102

Science and Mathematics

Biology

50

6 hours

Biology 101, 102

Calculus

50

4 hours

Math 111, 112

Chemistry

50

6 hours

Chemistry 101, 102

College Algebra

50

3 hours

Math 103

College Mathematics

50

6 hours

Math 101, 102

Natural Sciences

50

6 hours

Nonlab, science elective

Precalculus

50

3 hours

Math 109

Business

Financial Accounting

50

3 hours

Accounting 201

Information Systems

50

3 hours

Computer science 101

Introductory Business Law

50

3 hours

Business 203

Principles of Management

50

3 hours

Business 101

Principles of Marketing

50

3 hours

Business 201

* 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).