College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

The university cooperates with the College Board in this program, through which credit may be awarded for the CLEP subject examinations that have been approved by the academic departments as appropriate measures of academic achievement in their courses. Elective credit may be granted for examinations covering material which is not the substantial equivalent of any specific Western Carolina University course. These elective credits may be applied toward graduation requirements if the student fulfills certain liberal studies requirements or complies with other conditions prescribed by the appropriate deans and department heads. The subject examinations also may be used to validate credits earned at unaccredited institutions or courses taken through military service and to earn credit for courses failed at the university or other institutions.

Subject examinations that are repeated within less than one year from the date of previous testing will not be considered for credit. Credits earned through CLEP will be posted on the transcript, but no grades are recorded. The student’s GPA will not be affected. Duplicate credit is not awarded in any case. CLEP credits earned at other institutions will be evaluated in the same manner as the equivalent courses at those institutions. The same policies and procedures used in evaluating the applicability of other advanced-standing and transfer credits toward a degree will be applied.

The following is a list of Subject Examinations of the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) for which Western Carolina University may award academic credit. In order to receive credit for a CLEP subject exam, the candidate must achieve a score equivalent to the American Council on Education (ACE) recommended credit granting score of 50 on computer based tests. Non-computer based testing (prior) to July 2001, requires a minimum score equivalent to the 50th percentile or the minimum ACE recommended score.

For more information about CLEP and other exams offered by WCU, please contact Continuing Education at 828.227.7397.

Subject Exam

Required
Score

WCU Equivalent

Semester Credit Hours

Accounting, Financial

50

ACCT-251

3

American Government

50

PSC-101

3

American Literature

50

LS-P4

3

Analyzing & Interpreting Literature

 

No Equivalent

0

Biology

50

BIOL-140

4

Calculus

50

MATH-153

4

Chemistry

50

CHEM-139

4

Chemistry

65

CHEM-139, CHEM-140

8

College Algebra

50

MATH-130

3

College Composition

50

ENGL-101, ENGL-202

6

College Composition Modular Exam

 

No Equivalent

0

College Mathematics

50

MATH-101

3

English Literature

50

LS-P4

3

French Language Level 1

50

FREN-101, FREN-102

6

French Language Level 2

59

FREN-231, FREN-232

6

German Language Level 1

50

GER-101, GER-102

6

German Language Level 2

60

GER-231, GER-232

6

History of the United States I

50

HIST-131

3

History of the United States II

50

HIST-132

3

Human Growth & Development

50

BK-363

3

Humanities

50

LS-P4

3

Information Systems

50

CIS-251

3

Business Law, Introductory

50

LAW-230

3

Macroeconomics, Principles

50

ECON-232

3

Management, Principles

50

MGT-300

3

Marketing, Principles

50

MKT-201

3

Microeconomics, Principles

50

ECON-231

3

Natural Sciences

50

BIOL-103, BIOL-105

6

Precalculus

50

MATH-146

4

Psychology, Introductory

50

PSY-150

3

Social Sciences & History

50

ELEC-19A

3

Sociology, Introductory

50

SOC-103

3

Spanish Language Level 1

50

SPAN-101, SPAN-102

6

Spanish Language Level 2

50

SPAN-231, SPAN-232

6

Western Civilization I

50

HIST-221

3

Western Civilization II

50

HIST-222

3

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