B-Level Credit Recommendations

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 (number of questions answered correctly) is determined after a panel of college faculty who teach the equivalent course perform a detailed and rigorous review of exam content. The panel of faculty also recommend a scaled score that is equivalent to a grade of B. Although most colleges and universities use the ACE-recommended credit-granting score and ACE does not recommend this B score, it's provided to some schools that print grade equivalents for CLEP exams on student transcripts or some highly specialized programs that require a higher passing score. The recommended B-level score for each exam is shown below.

Exam Title B-Level Score
Financial Accounting 65
Information Systems 66
Introductory Business Law 57
Principles of Management 63
Principles of Marketing 65
Composition & Literature
Exam Title B-Level Score
American Literature 53
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature 59
College Composition 59
College Composition Modular 60
English Literature 63
Humanities 55
History and Social Sciences
Exam Title B-Level Score
American Government 64
History of the United States I 61
History of the United States II 60
Human Growth and Development 58
Introduction to Educational Psychology 63
Introductory Psychology 55
Introductory Sociology 56
Principles of Macroeconomics 62
Principles of Microeconomics 64
Social Sciences and History 63
Western Civilization I 55
Western Civilization II 54
Science and Mathematics
Exam Title B-Level Score
Biology 56
Calculus 64
Chemistry 66
College Algebra 63
College Mathematics 63
Natural Sciences 66
Precalculus 61
World Languages*
Exam Title B-Level Score
French Language Level 1 Proficiency 64
French Language Level 2 Proficiency 69
German Language Level 1 Proficiency 59
German Language Level 2 Proficiency 67
Spanish Language Level 1 Proficiency 56
Spanish Language Level 2 Proficiency 68
Spanish with Writing Level 1 Proficiency 58
Spanish with Writing Level 2 Proficiency 71
* 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, 63 on Spanish Language, and 65 on Spanish with Writing).