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CLEP Testing & Policy

What is CLEP?

The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) is a series of computer-based exams that allows individuals an opportunity to demonstrate prior learning and earn college credit for that knowledge. The exams are composed of multiple-choice questions and are approximately 90 minutes long.

CLEP Subject Exams and Course Equivalents

CLEP Subject Examinations currently approved for credit at ULM and the ULM course equivalents are listed below. Please click on exam title for a detailed description.


CLEP Subject Exam Title

ULM Course Equivalent



Financial Accounting* Accounting 2030 50 3
Biology Biology 1001/1002 50 4
Introductory Business Law Business Law 4001 50 3
Chemistry Chemistry 1007/1008/1009/1010 50 8
Information Systems Computer Information Systems 3050 50 3
Principles of Macroeconomics Economics 2001 50 3
Principles of Microeconomics Economics 2002 50 3
English Literature English 2001/2002 50 6
American Literature English 2005/2006 50 6
College Composition  English 1001
English 1001/1002
College Composition Modular English 1001 50 3
French Language French 1001/1002
French 1001/1002/2001/2002
German Language German 1001/1002
German 1001/1002/2001/2002
Spanish Language Spanish 1001/1002
Spanish 1001/1002/2001/2002
Spanish with Writing Spanish 1001/1002 65 6
American Government Political Science 2001 50 3
Western Civilization I History 1011 50 3
Western Civilization II History 1012 50 3
History of U.S. I History 2001 50 3
History of U.S. II History 2002 50 3
Humanities Humanities 2001 50 3
Principles of Management Management 3001 50 3
Principles of Marketing Marketing 3001 50 3
College Mathematics Mathematics 1018 50 3
College Algebra Mathematics 1011 50 3
Precalculus  Mathematics 1011/1012
or Mathematics 1013
Calculus Mathematics 1031 50 4
Introductory Psychology Psychology 2001 50 3
Human Growth and Development** Psychology 2078 50 3
Introduction to Educational Psychology Psychology 3001 50 3
Introductory Sociology Sociology 1001 50 3


ULM policy prohibits a student from earning credit through CLEP during the semester in which they are scheduled to graduate.  Therefore, all CLEP exams MUST be completed and credit posted prior to a student's final semester.

Examinations may be taken at any test center (website link) offering CLEP examinations; however, only the examinations listed above will be accepted for credit, provided official score reports are sent to ULM.  The student should contact the test center directly for registration procedures. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm that an exam is accepted for their major at ULM prior to taking the exam.

Score Reports and Passing Score Information at ULM

Official student score reports are available immediately after the test administration, with the exception of the College Composition exam. The College Composition exam includes two essays, which have to be scored by CLEP, and score reports are available within four weeks of the test date.  It is the student’s responsibility to have official scores sent to ULM at the time of the test or by requesting an official score report from The College Board (website link).

Each institution awarding credit based on CLEP examinations sets its own passing scores. The passing scores for CLEP examinations are listed with the exams. Course credit is awarded for CLEP examinations and appears on transcripts.  Courses passed by examination count toward graduation.  However, no letter grade will be awarded and the grade will not be calculated in your total grade point average.  If a passing score is earned, the University Registrar will enter the credit earned on the transcript as equivalent to the appropriate ULM course.  Credit will be awarded to prospective ULM students only after they have enrolled at ULM. 

If you pass a CLEP subject examination for a course you are taking, you may (1) stay in the course and get the grade earned in class or (2) drop the course and receive credit by examination. If you drop the course to receive credit by examination, it must be dropped with a “W” by the official ULM catalog final day for dropping a subject for that semester or summer session. If the subject examination passed covers two courses, including a course you are taking, you may finish the course to earn a letter grade and quality points, and still receive credit by examination for the course you have not taken.

NOTE: Credit earned by exam does not count toward hours earned for the Louisiana TOPS Program.