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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 exams.

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Composition and Literature
CLEP Exam Credit-Granting Score Credit Hours Granted Equivalent Course
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*
CLEP Exam Credit-Granting Score Credit Hours Granted Equivalent Course
French Language Level 1 Proficiency 50 6 hours French 101, 102
French Language Level 2 Proficiency 62 9 hours French 101, 102, 201
German Language Level 1 Proficiency 50 6 hours German 101, 102
German Language Level 2 Proficiency 60 9 hours German 101, 102, 201
Spanish Language Level 1 Proficiency 50 6 hours Spanish 101, 102
Spanish Language Level 2 Proficiency 63 9 hours Spanish 101, 102, 201
Spanish with Writing Level 1 Proficiency 50 6 hours Spanish 101, 102
Spanish with Writing Level 2 Proficiency 65 12 hours Spanish 101, 102, 201, 202
* 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).
History and Social Sciences
CLEP Exam Credit-Granting Score Credit Hours Granted Equivalent Course
American Government 50 3 hours History 201
History of the United States I 50 3 hours History 110
History of the United States II 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 50 3 hours History 101
Western Civilization II 50 3 hours History 102
Science and Mathematics
CLEP Exam Credit-Granting Score Credit Hours Granted Equivalent Course
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
CLEP Exam Credit-Granting Score Credit Hours Granted Equivalent Course
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