CLEP Test

The College Board administers the College Level Examination Program (CLEP).  It is a credit- by -examination program, which allows students to acquire college credits, by demonstrating their knowledge of college level introductory subjects by gaining passing scores in any of the 33 examinations.  The CLEP is a program successfully continuing since 40 years and accepted by 2900 colleges and universities and administered across 1700 test centers.

The CLEP is beneficial to students who have gained their knowledge of subjects either by self study, work experience or cultural interaction or have been home-schooled.  Such students can demonstrate their proficiency in their subject areas by taking the CLEP and hence bypassing the undergraduate course.

Benefits of CLEP

  • CLEP allows students space in introductory classes
  • CLEP helps students complete their degrees earlier thereby saving time and tuition costs.  The cost of a CLEP exam is $70, whereas the tuition cost of the course is easily $70,000.  The number of credits the student is awarded for CLEP, if successful,  is the same as the student would have got by completing the course in the normal way.
  • CLEP promotes better retention rates in the classroom
  • CLEP is constructed by 600 in service faculty members
  • A passing score on any of the 33 exams earns a student nearly 3 to 12 college credits.

CLEP- benefits high school graduates, college students, returning students, transfer students, military personnel, and international students.  The students must inquire about the exams which their college will accept before taking the CLEP exam.  Some colleges accept nearly all CLEP exams, and some have a limited acceptance.  The introductory courses the CLEP favors are in five general domains:

  • Literature and Composition
  • Foreign languages
  • History and social sciences
  • Science and math
  • Business

Test Scores

CLEP exams are multiple choice exams except the essay section and are scored on a scale of 20 to 80. The score for which credit is granted is 50, but individual colleges may vary slightly on credits awarded.

Study Material

The College Board offers numerous resources and practice exams for preparing for the CLEP.  Study guides, practice sessions, practice exams and exam review are available or students to acquaint themselves with the CLEP format.

33 CLEP Exams List

American Government

  • 30%-35% - Institutions and Policy Processes: Presidency, Bureaucracy, and Congress
  • 15%-20% - Federal Courts, Civil Liberties, and Civil Rights
  • 15%-20% - Political Parties and Interest Groups
  • 10%-15% - Political Beliefs and Behavior
  • 15%-20% - Constitutional Underpinnings of American Democracy

American Literature

  • 15% The Colonial and Early National Period (Beginnings-1830)
  • 25% The Romantic Period (1830-1870)
  • 20% The Period of Realism and Naturalism (1870-1910)
  • 25% The Modernist Period (1910-1945)
  • 15% The Contemporary Period (1945-Present)

Analyzing and Interpreting Literature

Genre

  • 35%-45% Poetry
  • 35%-45% Prose (fiction and nonfiction)
  • 15%-30% Drama

National Tradition

  • 50%-65% British Literature
  • 30%-45% American Literature
  • 5%-15% Works in translation

Period

  • 3%-7% Classical and pre-Renaissance
  • 20%-30% Renaissance and 17th Century
  • 35%-45% 18th and 19th Centuries
  • 25%-35% 20th and 21st Centuries

Biology

  • 33% - Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • 34% - Organismal Biology
  • 33% - Population Biology

Calculus

  • Perform calculations
  • Find numerical solutions to equations
  • Find points of intersection of graphs of functions
  • Find minima/maxima of functions
  • Find zeros of functions
  • Generate a table of values for a function
  • Graph functions and analyze the graphs

Chemistry

  • 20% - Structure of Matter
  • 19% - States of Matter
  • 12% - Reaction Types
  • 10% - Equations and Stoichiometry
  • 7% - Equilibrium
  • 4% - Kinetics
  • 5% - Thermodynamics
  • 14% - Descriptive Chemistry
  • 9% - Experimental Chemistry

College Algebra

  • 25% - Algebraic operations
  • 25% - Equations and inequalities
  • 30% - Functions and their properties
  • 20% - Number systems and operations

College Mathematics

  • 10% - Sets
  • 10% - Logic
  • 20% - Real Number System
  • 20% - Functions and Their Graphs
  • 25% - Probability and Statistics
  • 15% - Additional Topics from Algebra and Geometry

English Literature

  • 35%-40% - Knowledge
  • 60%-65% - Ability

Financial Accounting

  • 20%-30% - General Topics
  • 20%-30% - The Income Statement
  • 30%-40% - The Balance Sheet
  • 5%-10% - Statement of Cash Flows
  • Less than 5% - Miscellaneous

French Language

  • 15% - Listening: Rejoinders
  • 25% - Listening: Dialogues and Narratives
  • 60% - Reading

German Language

  • 15% - Listening: Rejoinders
  • 25% - Listening: Dialogues and Narratives
  • 60% - Reading

History of the United States I: Early Colonization to 1877

  • 35% Political institutions, political developments, behavior, and public policy
  • 25% Social developments
  • 10% Economic developments
  • 15% Cultural and intellectual developments
  • 15% Diplomacy and international relations

History of the United States II: 1865 to the Present

  • 35% Political institutions, behavior, and public policy
  • 25% Social developments
  • 10% Economic developments
  • 15% Cultural and intellectual developments
  • 15% Diplomacy and international relations

Human Growth and Development

  • 10% - Theoretical Perspectives
  • 5% - Research Strategies and Methodology
  • 10% - Biological Development Throughout the Life Span
  • 7% - Perceptual Development Throughout the Life Span
  • 12% - Cognitive Development Throughout the Life Span
  • 8% - Language Development
  • 4% - Intelligence Throughout the Life Span
  • 10% - Social Development Throughout the Life Span
  • 8% - Family, Home, and Society Throughout the Life Span
  • 8% - Personality and Emotion
  • 8% - Learning
  • 5% - Schooling, Work, and Interventions
  • 5% - Atypical Development

Humanities

  • 50% - Literature
  • 50% - The Arts

Information Systems and Computer Applications

  • 25% - Information Systems and Office Application Software in Organizations
  • 20% - Hardware and Systems Technology
  • 15% - Information Systems Software Development
  • 25% - Programming Concepts and Data Management
  • 15% - Business, Social, and Ethical Implications and Issues

Introduction to Educational Psychology

  • 5%- Educational Aims and Philosophies
  • 15% - Cognitive Perspective
  • 11% - Behavioral Perspective
  • 15% - Development
  • 10% - Motivation
  • 17% - Individual Differences
  • 12% - Testing
  • 10% - Pedagogy
  • 5% - Research Design and Analysis

Introductory Business Law

  • 5%-10% - History and Sources of American Law/Constitutional Law
  • 5%-10% - American Legal Systems and Procedures
  • 25%-35% - Contracts
  • 25%-30% - Legal Environment
  • 10%-15% - Torts
  • 5%-10% - Miscellaneous

Introductory Psychology

  • 8-9% - History, Approaches, Methods
  • 8-9% - Biological Bases of Behavior
  • 7-8% - Sensation and Perception
  • 5-6% - States of Consciousness
  • 10-11%- Learning
  • 8-9% - Cognition
  • 7-8% - Motivation and Emotion
  • 8-9% - Developmental Psychology
  • 7-8% - Personality
  • 8-9% - Psychological disorders and health
  • 7-8% - Treatment of psychological disorders
  • 7-8% - Social Psychology
  • 3-4% - Statistics, Tests, and Measurement

Introductory Sociology

  • 20% - Institutions
  • 15% - Social Patterns
  • 20% - Social Processes
  • 30% - Social Stratification
  • 15% - The Sociological Perspective

Natural Sciences

  • 50% - Biological Science
  • 50% - Physical Science

Precalculus

  • 20% - Algebraic Expressions, Equations, and Inequalities
  • 15% - Functions: Concept, Properties, and Operations
  • 30% - Representations of Functions: Symbolic, Graphical, and Tabular
  • 10% - Analytic Geometry
  • 15% - Trigonometry and its Applications
  • 10% - Functions as Models

Principles of Macroeconomics

  • 8-12% - Basic Economic Concepts
  • 12-16% - Measurement of Economic Performance
  • 10-15% - National Income and Price Determination
  • 15-20% - Financial Sector
  • 20-30% - Inflation, Unemployment, and Stabilization Policies
  • 5-10% - Economic Growth and Productivity
  • 10-15% - Open Economy: International Trade and Finance

Principles of Management

  • 15%-25% - Organization and Human Resources
  • 10%-20% - Operational Aspects of Management
  • 45%-55% - Functional Aspects of Management
  • 10%-20% - International Management and Contemporary Issues

Principles of Marketing

  • 8%-13% - Role of Marketing in Society
  • 17%-24% - Role of Marketing in a Firm
  • 22%-27% - Target Marketing
  • 40%-50% - Marketing Mix

Principles of Microeconomics

  • 8%-14% - Basic Economic Concepts
  • 55%-70% - The Nature and Functions of Product Markets
  • 10%-18% - Factor Markets
  • 12%-18% - Market Failure and the Role of Government

Social Sciences and History

  • 40% - History
  • 13% - Government/Political Science
  • 11% - Geography
  • 10% - Economics
  • 10% - Psychology
  • 10% - Sociology
  • 6% - Anthropology

Spanish Language

  • 15% - Listening: Rejoinders
  • 25% - Listening: Dialogues and Narratives
  • 60% - Reading

Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648

  • 8%-10% - Ancient Near East
  • 15%-17% - Ancient Greece and Hellenistic Civilization
  • 15%-17% - Ancient Rome
  • 13%-17% - Renaissance and Reformation
  • 10%-15% - Early Modern Europe, 1560-1648

Western Civilization II: 1648 to the Present

  • 7%-9% - Absolutism and Constitutionalism, 1648-1715
  • 4%-6% - Competition for empire and economic expansion
  • 5%-7% - The scientific view of the world
  • 7%-9% - Period of Enlightenment
  • 10%-13% - Revolution and Napoleonic Europe
  • 7%-9% - The Industrial Revolution
  • 6%-8% - Political and cultural developments, 1815-1848
  • 8%-10% - Politics and diplomacy in the Age of Nationalism, 1850-1914
  • 7%-9% - Economy, culture, and imperialism, 1850-1914
  • 10%-12% - The First World War and the Russian Revolution
  • 7%-9% - Europe between the wars
  • 8%-10% - The Second World War and contemporary Europe

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