Academic Policies

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

4/7/14 Update: Effective Fall 2014, CLEP exams are not restricted to freshmen and sophomores.

The examinations offered through the CLEP test students' mastery of college-level material acquired in ways other than formal course work, such as self-study, extracurricular activities, or living abroad. CLEP examinations may be utilized by nontraditinal learners, military service members and veterans, as well as traditional students.  The examinations are increasingly valuable to degree-seeking students as a means of satisfying certain course or subject area requirements, or for earning elective credits without enrolling in those courses.

Prospective and currently enrolled students utilizing these examinations cannot earn credit through CLEP for subjects or courses equivalent to, or at a lower level than, other courses for which they have already earned credit through formal course work. Students should consult with their External Linkacademic advisor to make sure they are eligible to take a specific subject exam.

The University of Arizona accepts CLEP for college credit, providing satisfactory scores are attained. 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. Units earned through CLEP and other exams (i.e., AP, IB, department competency/proficiency exams, and special exams) cannot exceed 60 units for a baccalaureate degree.

CLEP examinations are available through the Testing Office at The University of Arizona. However, not all CLEP exams are awarded credit at the UA. Credit is determined from the CLEP credit table that applies to the date when the exam was taken. Credits earned are based on the student's exam performance and may be applied toward the major, minor, or General Education requirements.   Students should contact their External Linkacademic advisor to confirm how exam credit will apply toward a specific program.

Contact Information:

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


2014-15 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  OR* POL 201 3 units
American Literature 55 T2 Humanities or T1 ENGL 160C1  OR* Elective credit 3 units
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature 50 T2 Humanities or T1 ENGL 160B1  OR* 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

Note: As of 4/15/14, the Writing Program will no longer accept the College Composition Modular exam.

50 ENGL 101

The student must still take ENGL 102 to complete the Composition Requirement.
 OR* ENGL department elective credit and placement into ENGL 109H (Honors Composition). 3 units
College Level French Language

Note: students enrolled in their first language class 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 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 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
English Literature 55 T2 Humanities or T1 ENGL 160C1  OR* ENGL department elective credit 3 units
Financial Accounting 50 or above None ACCT departmental elective credit 3 units
General Biology 50 T2 Natural Sciences or T1 ECOL 170 OR* ECOL departmental elective credit 3 units
General Chemistry 50 T2 Natural Sciences or T1 CHEM 170 OR* CHEM 151 4 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
Introductory Business Law 50 or above None   MGMT departmental elective credit 3 units
Introductory Psychology 50 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 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.