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CLEP

The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is the most widely accepted credit-by-examination program. More than 2,900 accredited institutions of higher education, including Fort Lewis College, award credit for satisfactory scores on CLEP exams. CLEP offers a way to receive credit for "what you know." At FLC, students can earn between 3 and 16 credits from taking a single exam.

Taking CLEP exams can shorten the time it takes to earn your degree, allow you to skip general introductory courses, and even satisfy a proficiency requirement by demonstrating that you've already mastered the content. CLEP exams can reduce the number of courses you need to graduate, saving hundreds of dollars in tuition.

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  • You may earn no more than 24 credits through CLEP.
  • You may not repeat a particular exam within six months of a previous attempt.
  • You may not take credit-by-exam for a course that is equivalent to a class that you have already taken. (For example, you may not take the College Algebra exam if you have already completed Math 110.)
    Exceptions to this policy: If you have a "W" (withdrawal) for the equivalent course, you are still eligible to test in that subject. If you have an "I" (incomplete) for the equivalent course, you are not eligible to test. If you discuss this issue with the instructor of the course, and he/she chooses to change your "I" to a "W", then you would be eligible.
  • You may not take credit-by-exam to get credit for a course that is more elementary than a course that you have previously completed or are currently enrolled in. For example, if you are currently enrolled in Comp 250, you may not take the College Composition exam to receive credit for Comp 125 and 126.
    Exceptions to this policy: If a CLEP exam covers more than one course ( multiple semesters of Modern Language) and you have taken one of those courses, you must prove your eligibility to take the exam.
    Eligible students:
    a) Have received a grade of C or higher in that class; and
    b) Acknowledge that any grades previously earned by equivalent coursework will not be replaced by CLEP “X” credit.
  • CLEP Policy from the Writing Program (Effective 5-1-2010): Fort Lewis College will not grant credit for a CLEP examination if a student has successfully completed (with a C- or higher) a more advanced course in the sequence (including transfer credit) or is currently enrolled in a more advanced course in the sequence. For example, CLEP credit for CO-1 (COMP 126) will not be given if a student has already successfully completed or transferred in a CO-2 course (COMP 250, 252, or 253; SOC 210; HIST 250; ENGL 268) with a C- or higher or is currently enrolled in CO-2.

The College Board makes a compilation study guide each year that covers information and types of questions for all tests.  You may purchase this guide or you can rent it from the library. CLEP Study Guides are reserved at the library.  Please ask at Library front counter.

CLEP exams are recommended for students who have a strong background in a subject (from high school or self-education) and want to skip elementary level classes in that subject. For example, a student who lived in Spain for six months may feel more comfortable taking the Spanish Language CLEP exam instead of introductory level Spanish classes. Or a student who took an AP Biology class in high school but didn't take the AP exam may want to take the CLEP Biology exam to get credit for his/her higher level of knowledge in that subject.

CLEP exams are not recommended for students who want to skip a subject because he or she doesn't like it or doesn't usually do well in it. For example, a student who didn't like Mathematics classes in high school and earned C's and D's in them shouldn't take a CLEP exam just to finish the Mathematics portion of General Education.

If you want to know if you are a good candidate for a CLEP exam, please contact the Testing Center Coordinator to discuss it.

The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is the most widely accepted credit-by-examination program. More than 2,900 accredited institutions of higher education, including Fort Lewis College, award credit for satisfactory scores on CLEP exams. CLEP offers a way to receive credit for "what you know." At FLC, students can earn between 3 and 16 credits from taking a single exam.

Taking CLEP exams can shorten the time it takes to earn your degree, allow you to skip general introductory courses, and even satisfy a proficiency requirement by demonstrating that you've already mastered the content. CLEP exams can reduce the number of courses you need to graduate, saving hundreds of dollars in tuition.

When you complete the computer-based CLEP, you will receive an unofficial score report immediately (excluding English Composition with Essay). This is the only score report you will receive. An official score report is mailed to the college or university of your choice once your payment has cleared and CLEP verifies that you have not tested within the last 6 months. If you have taken the CLEP and need your scores mailed to Fort Lewis College, call CLEP at (609) 771.7865.

For more information about CLEP, please visit CLEP's website.

Credit earned by exam becomes part of your permanent academic record after you successfully complete one semester of regular coursework at FLC. This means that you may take as much credit-by-exam as you like, provided it is under the 24 credit limit. However, it will not become part of your academic record until you complete your first semester. If you leave FLC before the end of your first semester, credit-by-exam will not appear on your transcripts.

Fort Lewis College offers credit for only the College Board CLEP exams listed above. FLC only recognizes the passing scores listed on our CLEP brochure, available at the Testing Center. FLC does offer credit for some locally prepared challenge exams. Students may receive credit-by-exam similar to CLEP credit by taking such an exam.

There are 26 CLEP exams accepted by FLC.  All cover traditional college subject areas. The majority of exams are 90 minutes long. With the exception of English Composition which has an essay component, the tests are composed of multiple choice and fill-in questions. All CLEP exams are administered on a computer (CLEP-CBT). The examination is preceded by a tutorial that explains how to take the exam.  CLEP-CBT provides instant scores results to test-takers, so you will know the day of the test how you performed (excluding the College Composition exam).

Click on the exam names to read a description of the test.

Test Name Credits Received
(with a score of 50)
FLC Course Equivalency
Composition and Literature
American Literature
4 credits
ENGL 240
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature***
College Composition
4 credits
COMP  150
English Literature
4 credits
ENGL 230
Freshman College Composition***
Humanities
6 credits
GS 190
Foreign Languages
French Language (with a score of 45 -49)
4 credits
ML 147
(with a score of 50-54)
8 credits
ML 147, 148
(with a score of 55-58)
12 credits
ML 147, 148, 247
(with a score of 59 or higher)
16 credits
ML 147, 148,
247, 248
German Language (with a score of 45-49)
4 credits
ML 123
(with a score of 50-54)
8 credits
ML 123, 124
(with a score of 55-59)
11 credits
ML 123, 124, 223
(with a score of 60 or higher)
14 credits
ML 123, 124,
223, 224
Spanish Language (with a score of 45-49)
4 credits
ML 115
(with a score of 50-56)
8 credits
ML 115, 116
(with a score of 57-62)
12 credits
ML 115, 116, 215
(with a score of 63 or higher)
16 credits
ML 115, 116,
215, 216
History and Social Sciences
American Goverment
4 credits
PS 110
Human Growth and Development
4 credits
PSYC 254
Introduction to Educational Psychology
4 credits
PSYC 190
Introductory Psychology
3 credits
PSYC 157
Introductory Sociology
3 credits
SOC 190
Principles of Macroeconomics
3 credits
ECON 272
Principles of Microeconomics
3 credits
ECON 262
Social Sciences and History***
US History I: Early Colonizations to 1877
3 credits
HIST 280
US History II: 1865 to the Present
3 credits
HIST 281
Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648
3 credits
HIST 160
Western Civilization II: 1648 to the Present
3 credits
HIST 261
Science and Mathematics
Biology
6 credits
BIO 112, 190
Calculus
4 credits
MATH 221
Chemistry
4 credits
CHEM 150
College Algebra
4 credits
MATH 110
College Mathematics
3 credits
MATH 105
Natural Sciences***
Pre-Calculus
4 credits
MATH 121
Business
Financial Accounting***
Introductory Business Law
3 credits
BA 260
Information Systems & Computer Applications***
Principles of Management ***
Principles of Marketing***

***These exams may be taken at the Fort Lewis College Testing Center,
but are not yet eligible for FLC credit.

There are two steps to register for a CLEP exam: 

1.  Contact the Testing Center to schedule your date and time.  You can email us at testingcenter@fortlewis.edu, call us at 970-382-6938 or stop by the Center in Noble Hall, room 280.  

2.  Create a CLEP site account at the website: clep.collegeboard.org.  Here you will purchase your exam and print a registration voucher.  You MUST bring the registration voucher to your appointment.  You MUST also bring two current photo ID, such as a driver's license, passport, or state identification card.  

The total cost for CLEP exams is $105, but it must be paid in two separate parts.

  • $80 to CLEP, payable online when you register for your exam on the CLEP website: clep.collegeboard.org.  Remember to print your registration and payment voucher.  Bring this to your appointment.  
  • $25 to FLC, payable by cash, personal check, or charged to your student account at the time of your appointment.