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The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) is a series of examinations in 33 introductory college subjects that allow individuals to earn college credit for what they already know regardless of how that knowledge was acquired -- through advanced course work, independent study, work experience, professional development, or extracurricular activities. Our institution awards credit for successful scores on CLEP exams.

CLEP exams are 90 minutes long and are administered on a computer. Students receive instant score reports following completion of the exam with the exception of English Composition with Essay.

There are 33 exams offered by CLEP and Tarleton. They cover courses in the disciplines of business; composition and literature; foreign languages; history and social sciences; and science and mathematics.

Tarleton administers all 33 exams but only gives credit for the list below.

If you are taking this exam for credit at Tarleton State University, please check with your advisor or department to be approved.

  • CLEP exams require college-level knowledge and critical thinking ability; sufficient preparation is required to do well.
  • All CLEP exams are administered on computer.
  • The exams are timed. All are 90 minutes long.
  • With the exception of English Composition with Essay, the tests are composed primarily of multiple-choice questions. Some mathematics exams include fill-in type questions.
  • All exams are scored on a scale of 20 to 80.
  • The American Council on Education (ACE) recommends a credit-granting score of 50 with the exceptions of four-semester language exam scores that are higher. *
  • Score reports are available upon completion of the exam so students know right away how they performed.

* An examinee cannot retest on the same exam within a 6 month period.

*Each institution sets its own policy. Check your college's policy to confirm credit-granting scores.

**Scores for English Composition with Essay are available 2-3 weeks after the exam date.

For more information about the content and format of CLEP exams, please visit College Board: CLEP.

Tarleton Accepted CLEP Examinations
TSU Courses  Name of CLEP exam Score Required Hours Awarded
BIOL 120 General Biology General Biology 50 4
CHEM 105 College Chemistry General Chemistry 50 4
CIS 103 Intro. to Computer Information Systems Information Systems &  
Computer Applications
50 3
ECO 201 Prin. of Economics:  Macro Principles of Macroeconomics 50 3
ECO 202 Prin. of Economics:  Micro Principles of Microeconomics 50 3
ENGL 204 British Literature English Literature w/Essay 50 3
ENGL 203 American Literature American Literature w/Essay 50 3
FREN 101, 102 French College French 57 6
FREN 101, 102, 201, 202 French College French 62 12
G B 432 Business Law I Introductory Business Law 50 3
GERM 101, 102 German College Level German 57 6
GERM 101, 102, 201, 202 German College Level German 63 12
HIST 101 World History to 1700 Western Civilization I 50 3
HIST 102 World History since 1700 Western Civilization II 50 3
HIST 201 History of the U.S. I U.S. History I 50 3
HIST 202 History of the U.S. II U.S. History II 50 3
MATH 107 College Algebra College Algebra 50 3
Math 108 Elementary Applied Mathematics College Mathematics 50 3
MATH 118 Precalculus Precalculus 50 4
MATH 120 Calculus I Calculus 50 4
MGMT 301 Principles of Management Principles of Management 50 3
MKTG 314 Marketing Principles of Marketing 50 3
POLS 201 American Government American Government 50 3
PSY 101 General Psychology Introductory Psychology 50 3
SOC 201 Intro. to Sociology Introductory Sociology 50 3
SPAN 101, 102 Spanish College Spanish 57 8
SPAN 101, 102, 201, 202 Spanish College Spanish 66 14

*Credit for only one course will be assigned.