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 academic 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 academic advisor to confirm how exam credit will apply toward a specific program.
UA Testing Office
* 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.