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 2012||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 and Computer Applications||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||55||3|
|College French Language||French 1001 - 1002||50||6|
|College German Language||German 1001 - 1002||50||6|
|College Spanish Language||Spanish 1001 - 1002||50||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|
|Principles of Management||Management 3001||50||3|
|Principles of Marketing||Marketing 3001||50||3|
|College Algebra||Mathematics 1011||50||3|
|or Mathematics 1013||50||3|
|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.
NOTE: 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. In addition, other CLEP examination titles may be taken at the ULM Testing Center, regardless of whether they are accepted for credit at ULM. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm that a test is accepted at the attending institution for the course credit being sought.
*Credit by examination in Accounting cannot be used toward a degree in Accounting at ULM, and it cannot be used to satisfy course requirements for taking the CPA exam in Louisiana.
**Credit by examination in Human Growth and Development cannot be used toward a degree in Nursing at ULM.
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.