College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

The College Level Examination Program is a nationwide credit-by-examination program which offers persons of all ages and backgrounds an opportunity to obtain recognition for college-level achievement, regardless of where, when, or how the knowledge has been acquired—through formal study, independent reading, employment, noncredit courses or other learning experiences.

Bowling Green State University offers academic credit for some, but not all CLEP subject examinations offered by the College Board. CLEP general examinations are not accepted at BGSU. Examinations accepted and criteria for awarding credit are listed in the table below. Equivalencies can be adjusted due to changes in American Council on Education recommendations.

Subject examinations are computer-based and measure achievement in specific college courses. If you meet the criteria established for the examination, you will be awarded credit for the specific courses allowed by the appropriate academic department. Most subject examinations are objective tests, but some include a separate essay section which candidates should take if the academic department requires it (noted in the following table). For helpful information concerning content of tests and preparation for them, please visit the following link to the CLEP Prep Center.

As a national testing center, BGSU administers CLEP examinations on the Bowling Green campus through the Testing Center in the Counseling Center. The Testing Center schedules and administers the tests (419-372-7533). More information about CLEP examination scheduling, costs, and score reporting can be found at their CLEP web site.

All fees, credit awards and testing procedures are subject to change. Questions about CLEP credit should be directed to Transfer Evaluation Services in the Office of Registration and Records, transfer@bgsu.edu or (419) 372-7959.

Criteria and Credit Awarded for Select CLEP subject Examinations

CLEP Subject Examination

Current Criteria for Granting Credit

BGSU Credit Awarded

Comments

American Government

Scaled score of 50 or higher

3 hours of credit for POLS 1100

Exam is computer-based version offered 7-1-2001 or later

American Literature

Scaled score of 50 or higher

6 hours of credit for ENG 2740 and ENG 2750

 

Analysis & Interpretation of Literature (essay version of the examination required)

Scaled score of 64 or higher

3 hours of credit for ENG 2010

Paper and pencil tests (taken July 1, 2001 or prior) earned 3 hours of credit for ENG 2010 for a score in the 70th percentile and approved essay

Biology

Scaled score of 50 or higher

10 hours credit for BIOL 2040 and 2050

Paper and pencil tests (taken July 1, 2001 or prior) earned 10 hours of credit for BIOL 2040 and 2050 for a score in the 70th percentile

Calculus

Scaled score of 50 or higher

5 hours credit for MATH 1310

 
College Algebra Scaled score of 50 or higher 3 hours credit for MATH 1210  

English Literature

Scaled score of 50 or higher

6 hours of credit for ENG 2640 or 2650

 

French Language

Scaled score of 55 or higher

Scaled score of 66 or higher

4 hours of credit for FREN 1020

3 hours of credit for FREN 2020

Credit for only one course awarded.
Exams are computer based offered after 7-1-2001.

German Language Scaled score of 50 or higher

Scaled Score of 63 or higher
4 hours of credit for GERM 1020

3 hours of credit for GERM 2020
Credit for only one course awarded.

Exams are computer based offered after 7-1-2001.

History of the US I:
Early Colonization to 1877

Scaled score of 50 or higher 3 hours of credit for HIST 2050  
History of the US II:
1877 to Present
Scaled score of 50 or higher 3 hours of credit for HIST 2060  
Introductory Psychology Scaled score 55 or higher 4 hours of credit for PSYC 1010 Exams are computer based offered after 7-1-2001

Introductory Sociology

Scaled score of 50 or higher

3 hours of credit for SOC 1010

Paper and pencil tests (taken July 1, 2001 or prior) earned 3 hours credit for SOC 1010 for a scaled score of 46

Principles of Marketing

Scaled score of 62 or higher

3 hours of credit for MKT 3000

 
Principles of Macroeconomics Scaled score of 64 or higher 3 hours of credit for ECON 2030  
Principles of Microeconomics Scaled score of 64 or higher 3 hours of credit for ECON 2020  
Spanish Language

Scaled score of 50 or higher

Scaled score of 66 or higher

4 hours of credit for SPAN 1020

3 hours of credit for SPAN 2020

Credit for only one course awarded.
Exams are computer based offered after 7-1-2001.
Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648 Scaled score of 50 or higher 3 hours of credit for HIST 1510  

Western Civilization II: 1648 to the Present

Scaled score of 50 or higher

3 hours of credit for HIST 1520