The CLEP examinations were designed for undergraduate students who wish to utilize previous knowledge and experience in lieu of required coursework. CLEP is a national program of credit-by-examination, allowing students to obtain recognition for college-level achievement. This privilege is intended to measure information and training gained from practical experience that may be considered the equivalent of the experience and training received by students in an organized course given at the University.
Undergraduate credits may be acquired through the CLEP examinations. These credits may be used to fill General Education requirements and may also be accepted as equivalent to specific courses. Students interested in taking a CLEP exam should contact the University Testing Services Office, University Inn 115.
Individual departments and/or colleges may specify the exact courses required to fill their requirements and may require more than the minimum General Education requirements. Some departments and colleges require specific coursework for General Education, which the CLEP exams may not satisfy.
If, prior to (or after) taking a CLEP examination, a student receives credit (including AP credit) for any coursework equivalent to the subject matter of a CLEP examination, the credits earned for the course will be deducted from the credits awarded for the examination.
A student is not allowed to take and receive academic credit for a CLEP examination after he or she has completed an equivalent or more advanced course within that subject matter. Any exceptions must be approved by a student’s academic college.
USU will accept a maximum of 30 total credits from CLEP, DANTES Standardized Subject Tests (DSST), and cooperative education/internship credit combined.
Other institutions have policies differing from those of USU regarding CLEP scores and credits granted for those scores. For transfer students with less than an associate degree, CLEP credit posted to another institution’s transcript is reevaluated based on USU’s standard.
College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) Credit Allocation
|CLEP Test||Min. Score||Credits||USU Credit Awarded|
|American Government||50||3||POLS 1100(BAI) (3)|
|American Literature||50||3||ENGL 2200(BHU) (3)|
|Analyzing and Interpreting Literature||50||3||ENGL 2200(BHU) (3)|
|Biology||50||3||BIOL 1010(BLS) (3)|
|Calculus||64||4||MATH 1210(QL) (4)|
|Chemistry||50||3||CHEM 1010(BPS) (3)|
|College Algebra||63||4||MATH 1050(QL) (4)|
|College Composition||50||3||ENGL 1010(CL1)|
|College Composition Modular||-||-||No credit awarded|
|College Mathematics||55||3||MATH 1030(QL) (3)|
|English Literature||50||3||ENGL 2200(BHU) (3)|
|Financial Accounting||-||-||No credit awarded|
|French Language, Level 1*||50-58||4||4 elective credits at the 1000 level|
|French Language, Level 2*||59||8||4 elective credits at the 1000 level + 4 credits at the 2000 level|
|German Language, Level 1*||50-58||4||4 elective credits at the 1000 level|
|German Language, Level 2*||59||8||4 elective credits at the 1000 level + 4 credits at the 2000 level|
|History of the United States I: Early Colonization to 1877||50||3||HIST 2700(BAI) (3)|
|History of the United States II: 1865 to the Present||50||3||HIST 2710(BAI) (3)|
|Human Growth and Development||50||3||PSY 1100(3)|
|Humanities||-||-||No credit awarded|
|Information Systems||-||-||No credit awarded|
|Introduction to Educational Psychology||-||-||No credit awarded|
|Introductory Business Law||62||3||MGT 2050(3)|
|Introductory Psychology||50||3||PSY 1010(BSS) (3)|
|Introductory Sociology||50||3||SOC 1010(BSS) (3)|
|Natural Sciences||-||-||No credit awarded|
|Precalculus||61||3||MATH 1060(2) + 1 elective credit (satisfies QL requirement)|
|Principles of Macroeconomics||50||3||ECN 1500(BAI) (3)|
|Principles of Management||-||-||No credit awarded|
|Principles of Marketing||50||3||3 elective credits at the 1000 level|
|Principles of Microeconomics||50||3||ECN 2010(BSS) (3)|
|Social Sciences and History||-||-||No credit awarded|
|Spanish Language, Level 1*||50-58||4||4 elective credits at the 1000 level|
|Spanish Language, Level 2*||59||8||4 elective credits at the 1000 level + 4 credits at the 2000 level|
|Spanish with Writing, Level 1*||50-58||4||4 elective credits at the 1000 level|
|Spanish with Writing, Level 2*||59||8||4 elective credits at the 1000 level + 4 credits at the 2000 level|
|Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648||50||3||HIST 1100(BHU) (3)|
|Western Civilization II: 1648 to the Present||50||3||HIST 1110(BHU) (3)|
*Upon advisement from an academic advisor.