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College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

The examinations offered under the CLEP were designed primarily to allow people who may not have been formal students for many years to achieve college-level credit for knowledge acquired through self-education and experience. By successful performance on CLEP examinations, many have been encouraged to pursue further a college or university education.

Additionally, these examinations are seen increasingly as of value to students formally engaged in degree programs, as a means of satisfying certain course or area requirements, or for earning extra course credits, without having to enroll formally in the courses. CLEP exams must be taken by UA students prior to the completion of 55 units. Transfer students must take CLEP exams before finishing 55 units or before completing two regular semesters at the University. Students should consult their academic advisers or the offices of their college deans for more information.

For both prospective and currently enrolled students utilizing CLEP examinations, credit will not be awarded in subjects at the same level. In addition, resident students will not be awarded credit through CLEP for courses equivalent to, or at a lower level than, other courses they have already established in formal course work.

Passing scores for subjects credited through the CLEP are recorded simply as CR (credit), and may not necessarily be stated in terms of a specific course equivalent. No record is made of failing scores.

The University of Arizona accepts CLEP for college credit, providing satisfactory scores are attained. Not all CLEP exams are awarded credit at the UA. Credit is determined from the CLEP credit table that applies to the date when you took the exam. Credits you earn based on your exam performance may be counted toward your major or minor fields of study or General Education requirements.   Contact your External Linkacademic advisor to confirm how course credit will apply toward a specific program.

All CLEP examinations are available through the Testing Office at The University of Arizona.

Contact Information:

UA Testing Office
The University of Arizona
1600 E. 1st Street
Tucson, AZ 85719
External Link Testing Office Homepage


2011-12 CLEP TABLE

   

APPLICATION TO UA DEGREE

 

Exam Title

Score

General Education and Foundations

*

Course Credit

CLEP Credit

American Government 50 T2 Individuals & Societies or T1 POL 150   POL 201 3 units
American Literature 55 T2 Humanities or T1 ENGL 160C1   Elective credit 3 units
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature 50 T2 Humanities or T1 ENGL 160B1   Elective credit 3 units
Calculus with Elementary Functions 50 Satisfies Math requirement for all students   MATH 125 3 units
College Algebra 50 Satisfies G & M Math strand requirement   MATH 112 3 units
College Composition Modular

Note: Students should only take the multiple-choice portion of this exam. 

Students who have transferred 60 units or more are not eligible to take this exam.  See the Writing Program Coordinator, Mod. Lang. 380, for options.

50 After taking the multiple-choice portion of the College Composition Modular, students must take the UA Writing Program administered essay exam.

The UA Writing Program's essay exam is required, even if the student has taken the essay portion of the College Composition Modular exam.
  With a minimum score of 50 on the College Composition Modular exam, and a passing score on the UA Writing Program essay exam, CLEP credit may be given for ENGL 101 and/or 102.  If the student obtains credit for ENGL 101, half of the composition requirement is satisfied; if the student obtains credit for both 101 and 102, the composition requirement is satisfied.  If the student does not pass the essay exam, no CLEP credit is awarded, nor is the requirement satisfied. 0 - 6 units
College Level French Language

Note: students enrolled in their first language class (102, 201, or 202) may take the CLEP exam to earn additional language credit, if the exam is taken before the end of the 7th week of the fall or spring semester.

63 Satisfies foreign language requirement for all students   FREN 101, 102, 201, & 202 16 units
54 Satisfies foreign language requirement for non-BA students   FREN 101, 102, & 201 12 units
49 Satisfies foreign language requirement for non-BA students   FREN 101 & 102 8 units
39 None   FREN 101 4 units
College Level German Language

Note: students enrolled in their first language class (102, 201, or 202) may take the CLEP exam to earn additional language credit, if the exam is taken before the end of the 7th week of the fall or spring semester.

60 Satisfies foreign language requirement for all students   GER 101, 102, 201, & 202 16 units
51 Satisfies foreign language requirement for non-BA students   GER 101, 102, & 201 12 units
46 Satisfies foreign language requirement for non-BA students   GER 101 & 102 8 units
39 None   GER 101 4 units
College Level Spanish Language

Note: students enrolled in their first language class (102, 201, or 202) may take the CLEP exam to earn additional language credit, if the exam is taken before the end of the 7th week of the fall or spring semester.

68 Satisfies foreign language requirement for all students   SPAN 101, 102, 201, & 202 16 units
66 Satisfies foreign language requirement for non-BA students   SPAN 101, 102, & 201 12 units
55 Satisfies foreign language requirement for non-BA students   SPAN 101 & 102 8 units
50 None   SPAN 101 4 units
College Mathematics  50 Satisfies 'G' Math strand requirement   MATH departmental elective credit 3 units
English Literature 55 T2 Humanities or T1 ENGL 160C1   Elective credit 3 units
Financial Accounting 60 None ACCT 200 3 units
General Biology 50 T2 Natural Sciences and T1 ECOL 170   ECOL departmental elective credit 6 units
General Chemistry 50 T2 Natural Sciences and T1 CHEM 170 OR* CHEM departmental elective credit 6 units
History of the United States I:  Early Colonization to 1877 50 T2 Humanities or T1 HIST 160C1 OR* HIST departmental elective credit 3 units
History of the United States II:  1865 to Present 50 T2 Individuals & Societies or T1 HIST 150C3 OR* HIST departmental elective credit 3 units
Human Growth and Development 50 None   FSHD 117 3 units
Humanities   None   None None
Information Systems and Computer Applications   None   None None
Introduction to Educational Psychology   None   None None
Introductory Business Law   None   None None
Introductory Psychology 54 T2 Individuals & Societies or T1 PSY 150A1 OR* PSY 101 3 units
Introductory Sociology 50 T2 Individuals & Societies or T1 SOC 150B1 OR* SOC 101 3 units
Natural Science 56 T2 Natural Sciences and T1 GEOG 170 OR* Elective credit 6 units
53 T2 Natural Sciences or T1 GEOG 170 OR* Elective credit 3 units
Precalculus 50 Satisfies 'G' & 'M' Math strand requirement   MATH 120R  3 units
Principles of Macroeconomics 50 None   ECON 201B 3 units
Principles of Management   None   None None
Principles of Marketing   None   None None
Principles of Microeconomics 50 T2 Individuals & Societies OR* ECON 201A 3 units
Social Science/History 50 T2 Individuals & Societies and T1 HIST 150 OR* Elective credit 6 units
Western Civilization I:  Ancient Near East to 1648 50 T2 Humanities or T1 HIST 160B1 OR* HIST departmental elective credit 3 units
Western Civilization II:  1648 to Present 50 T2 Individuals & Societies or T1 HIST 150C1 OR* HIST departmental elective credit 3 units

* Students have the option of using exam score for Gen Ed/Foundations or for specific non-Gen Ed/Foundations course credit. This option should be exercised with the assistance of a college advisor.

 

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