Developed by the College Board, the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) has been the most widely trusted credit-by-examination program for over 40 years, accepted by 2,900 colleges and universities and administered in over 1,800 test centers. CLEP exams test mastery of college-level material acquired in a variety of ways — through general academic instructions, significant independent study or extracurricular work.
Whereas CLEP exams are typically for college-level students (i.e. they can be thought of as the college version of credit-by-exam), it is possible for high school students to use them as credit-by-exams. Though considered to be more challenging than the traditional CBE’s, a student could take a CLEP exam and earn both college and high school credit.
Students may earn credit by exam for subjects in which they have had no prior instruction if the student:
- Scores a three or higher on a College Board advanced placement examination that has been approved by the school district board of trustees for the applicable course,
- Earns a scaled score of 60 or higher on an examination administered through the College-Level Examination Program and approved by the school district board of trustees for the applicable course.
If the student earns credit by exam for a course (via AP or CLEP), the school will record the student’s CBE score as a “pass” mark on the transcript.
Course conversions for credit-by-exams via CLEP are as follows:
|CLEP EXAM||HIGH SCHOOL COURSE||CREDITS|
|American Government||U.S. Government||0.5|
|History of the United States II: 1865 to the Present||U.S. History||1.0|
|Principles of Microeconomics||Economics||0.5|
|Principles of Macroeconomics||Economics||0.5|
|American Literature AND College Composition||English III||1.0|
|English Literature AND College Composition||English IV||1.0|
|French Language Level I||French I||1.0|
|French Language Level II||French II||1.0|
|Spanish Language Level I||Spanish I||1.0|
|Spanish Language Level II||Spanish II||1.0|
|German Language Level I||German I||1.0|
|German Language Level II||German II||1.0|