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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.

Which CLEP exams are offered at Fort Lewis College?

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-IBT). The examination is preceded by a tutorial that explains how to navigate through the exam.  CLEP-IBT provides instant unofficial score results to test-takers, so you will know the day of the test how you performed (excluding the College Composition exam).

 

CLEP Test

Minimum 
Score 
Required 
for Credit

 
Fort Lewis College Equivalency

Course Title

Credits

American Government

50

PS 110 - U.S. National Government (SS1)

4

American Literature

50

ENGL 240 - Survey of American Literature (AH2) 

4

Biology

50

BIO 112 - Introduction to Organismic and Evolutionary Biology (SC2)
BIO 190 - Special Topics

4

2

Calculus

50

MATH 221 - Calculus I (MA1)

4

Chemistry

50

CHEM 150 - Fundamentals of Chemistry I: Atoms/Molecules (SC1) 

4

College Algebra

50

MATH 110 - College Algebra (MA1)

4

College Composition

50

COMP 150 - Rhetoric and Research (CO1)

4

College Math

50

MATH 105 - College Mathematics (MA1)

3

English Literature

50

ENGL 230 - Survey of British Literature (AH2)

4

French Language

45-49

ML 147 - Elementary French I 

4

French Language

50-54

ML 147 - Elementary French I 
ML 148 - Elementary French II   

4
4

French Language

55-58

ML 147 - Elementary French I 
ML 148 - Elementary French II  
ML 247 - Intermediate French I (AH4)

4
4
4

French Language

59

ML 147 - Elementary French I 
ML 148 - Elementary French II  
ML 247 - Intermediate French I (AH4)
ML 248 - Intermediate French II (AH4) 

4
4
4
4

Human Growth and Development

50

PSYC 254 - Life Span Human Development 

4

Humanities

50

GS 190 - Special Topics

6

Intro. to Educational Psychology

50

PSYC 190 - Special Topics

4

Introductory Business Law

50

BA 260 - Business Law and Ethics  

4

Introductory Psychology

50

PSYC 157 - Introduction to Psychology  (SS3) 

4

Introductory Sociology

50

SOC 190 - Special Topics

3

Natural Sciences

 

50

BIO 112 - Introduction to Organismic and Evolutionary Biology (SC2)

4

Pre-Calculus

50

MATH 121 - Pre-Calculus  (MA1)

4

Principles of Microeconomics

50

ECON 262 - Principles of Microeconomics (SS1)

3

Principles of Macroeconomics

50

ECON 272 - Principles of Macroeconomics (SS1)

3

Spanish Language

45-49

ML 115 - Elementary Spanish I 

4

Spanish Language

50-56

ML 115 - Elementary Spanish I 
ML 116 - Elementary Spanish II

4
4

Spanish Language

57-62

ML 115 - Elementary Spanish I 
ML 116 - Elementary Spanish II
ML 215 - Intermediate Spanish I (AH4)

4
4
4

Spanish Language

 

63

ML 115 - Elementary Spanish I 
ML 116 - Elementary Spanish II 
ML 215 - Intermediate Spanish I (AH4)
ML 216 - Intermediate Spanish II (AH4)

4
4
4
4

U.S. History I: Early Colonizations to 1877

50

HIST 280 - Survey of US History: 1600-1877 (HI1) 

4

U.S. History II: 1865 to the Present

50

HIST 281 - Survey of US History: 1877-Present (HI1)

4

Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648

50

HIST 160 - Survey of Western Civilization I (HI1)

4

Western Civilization II; 1648 to the Present

50

HIST 261 - Western Civilization II: 1350 to Present(HI1)

4

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What are CLEP exams?

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.

Should I take a CLEP exam?

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 or your College Academic Advisor to discuss it.

How do I register for a CLEP exam?

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 one current photo ID with a signature, such as a driver's license, passport, or state identification card.  

How much does it cost to take a CLEP exam?

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.

How do I pre-pay by credit card?

Are there any limits to which exams I can take?

  • You may earn no more than 24 credits through CLEP.
  • You may not repeat a particular exam within three 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 150
    • 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 150) 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.

How should I study for a CLEP exam?

The College Board makes a compilation study guide each year that covers information and types of questions for all tests.  You may purchase a guide online at https://clep.collegeboard.org or you can rent study material from the FLC library.  A CLEP study guide can also be reserved at the testing center once an appointment has been scheduled.  The guide can only be reserved for one week prior to your scheduled appointment. 

Will CLEP exams show up on my transcript?

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.

When will I get my results from a CLEP exam?

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 three months. If you have taken a CLEP exam at a different location 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.