College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Please consult with a counselor for questions and up to date information regarding exams.  Units vary depending on the university. 

College credit may be granted for the General and Subject examinations offered through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) by the College Examination Board when satisfactory scores have been earned. Southwestern College will grant credit to students who have attained a score at or above the 50th percentile level on each of the General Examinations and Subject Examinations. A maximum of six (6) semester units of credits will be granted or three (3) units of credit granted for each Subject Examination passed. No credit will be granted for scores below the 50th percentile ad no credit will be allowed in subject areas wherein previous college credit has been earned. Credit will not be posted to the student’s permanent record.

Examination Score SWC Units and/or GE Area CSU-GE Certification* CSU Units Towards Transfer**
American Government 50 3 units, Area D 3 units, Area D 3 units
American Literature 50 6 units, Area C 3 units, Area C2 3 units
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature 50 6 units, Area C 3 units, Area C2 3 units
Biology 50 3 units, Area B 3 units, Area B2 3 units
Calculus 50 5 units, Area A2 and Mathematics Competency 3 units, Area B4 3 units
Chemistry 50 3 units, Area B 3 units, Area B1 3 units
College Algebra 50 5 units, Area A2 and Mathematics Competency 3 units, Area B4 3 units
College Algebra – Trigonometry 50 3 units, Area A2 and Mathematics Competency 3 units, Area B4 3 units
College Mathematics 50 3 units, Area A2 and Mathematics Competency N/A N/A
College Composition 50 N/A N/A N/A
College Composition - Modular 50 N/A N/A N/A
English Literature
(Prior to Fall 2011^)
50 6 units, Area C 3 units, Area C2 3 units
Financial Accounting 50 4 units, Elective N/A 3 units
French Level I1 50 5 units, Area C N/A 6 units
French Level II2
(Prior to Fall 2015^)
59 12 units, Area C 3 units, Area C2 12 units
French Level II1
(Effective Fall 2015)
59 9 units, Area C 3 units, Area C2 9 units
Freshman Composition 50 3 units, Elective N/A N/A
German Level I1 50 5 units, Area C N/A 6 units
German Level II2
(Prior to Fall 2015^)
60 12 units, Area C 3 units, Area C2 12 units
German Level II1
(Effective Fall 2015)
60 9 units, Area C 3 units, Area C2 9 units
History, United States I 50 3 units, Area D 3 units, Area D and US-1 3 units
History, United States II 50 3 units, Area D 3 units, Area D and US-1 3 units
Human Growth and Development 50 3 units, Area D 3 units, Area E 3 units
Humanities 50 3 units, Area C 3 units, Area C2 3 units
Information Systems and Computer Applications 50 3 units, Area A2 N/A 3 units
Introduction to Educational Psychology 50 3 units, Area D N/A 3 units
Introduction to Business Law 50 3 units, Elective N/A 3 units
Introductory Psychology 50 3 units, Area D 3 units, Area D 3 units
Introductory Sociology 50 3 units, Area D 3 units, Area D 3 units
Natural Sciences 50 3 units, Area B 3 units, Area B1 or B2 3 units
Pre-Calculus 50 3 units, Area A2 and Mathematics Competency 3 units, Area B4 3 units
Principles of Accounting 50 4 units, Elective N/A 3 units
Principles of Macroeconomics 50 3 units, Area D 3 units, Area D 3 units
Principles of Management 50 3 units, Elective N/A 3 units
Principles of Marketing 50 3 units, Elective N/A 3 units
Principles of Microeconomics 50 3 units, Area D 3 units, Area D 3 units
Social Science and History 50 3 units, Area D N/A N/A
Spanish Level I1 50 5 units, Area C N/A 6 units
Spanish Level II2
(Prior to Fall 2015^)
63 12 units, Area C 3 units, Area C2 12 units
Spanish Level II1
(Effective Fall 2015)
63 9 units, Area C 3 units, Area C2 9 units
Trigonometry
(Prior to Fall 2006^)
50 3 units, Area A2 and Mathematics Competency 3 units, Area B4 (prior to Fall 2006) 3 units
Western Civilization I 50 3 units, Area C or D 3 units, Area C2 or D 3 units
Western Civilization II 50 3 units, Area C or D 3 units, Area D 3 units
N/A-

 Not Applicable

H/L-

 Higher Level

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Students seeking certification in GE Breadth prior to transfer must have passed the test before this date.

*

 Areas of GE Breadth (A1 through E) are defined in EO 1100. Areas of American Institutions (US-1 through US-3) are set forth in Sections IA and IB of EO 1061, and at assist.org.

**

 These units count toward eligibility for admission. The units may not apply towards Associate Degrees for Transfer (AD-T) or the baccalaureate degree. The units may not all apply toward certification of the corresponding GE-Breadth area. See Executive Orders 1036 and 1100 for details.

1

For CLEP tests in the same language other than English:  Only one exam score may be applied towards the CSU degree; A passing score of 50 is considered "Level I" and earns six units of baccalaureate credit; A passing score higher than 50 is considered "Level II" and earns additional units of credit and placement in Area C2 of GE Breadth. 

2

French Level II, German Level II, or Spanish Level II prior to Fall 2015 earn 12 units toward CSU admission.

 Credit may not be awarded for exams which duplicate credit for the same content earned through other means.

 IB tests may be requested from your high school.

 The IB curriculum offers language at various levels for native and non -native speakers. Language B course are offered at the intermediate level for non-natives. Language A1 and A2 are advanced courses in literature for native and non-native speakers, respectively.