CLEP Exams

The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams are designed to measure what you have learned through informal study, reading, travel, and work, and then equate this knowledge with what students usually learn during the first year of college study. When you earn credits through CLEP exams, you can move directly to more advanced classes. This helps you complete your college education more quickly and at a lower overall cost.

In the College of General Studies, you may earn up to half the credits you need to graduate—60 credits of the required 120—by earning a combination of 3 to 6 credits on each of the 5 general examinations and 3 to 9 credits on certain subject examinations. Be sure to note the scoring requirements in the table below for the test to count for credit.

CLEP Exams Accepted

The chart below lists the CLEP exams (both general and subject exams) that are accepted by the College of General Studies, the minimum score required, and the number of credits and course equivalent received as advanced standing. 

CLEP Exams Minimum Score Credits Course Equivalents Requirements Fulfilled*       
General Exams General Education (pre-Fall 2018) or Electives General Education (Fall 2018 and later) or Electives
College Composition 50 3 ENGCMP 0200 Writing Writing
College Composition Modular 50 3 ENGCMP 0200 Writing Writing
Humanities 50 3 INTERDIS 0000 Humanities Literature or The Arts
College Mathematics 50 3 MATH 0025 Mathematics Algebra
Natural Sciences 50 6 INTERDIS 0000 Natural Sciences Natural Sciences
Social Sciences and History 50 6 INTERDIS 0000 Social Science; History Social Science; History
Subject Exams
American Government 50 3 PS 0200 Social Science Social Science
U.S. History I 50 3 HIST 0600 Social Science; History Social Science; History
U.S. History II 50 3 HIST 0601 Social Science; History Historical Analysis
Western Civilization I 50 3 HIST 0100 Social Science; History; International Perspective Historical Analysis; Specific Geographic Region
Western Civilization II 50 3 HIST 0101 Social Science; History; International Perspective Historical Analysis; Specfic Geographic Region
Introductory Sociology 50 3 SOC 0010 Social Science Social Science
Principles of Macroeconomics 50 3 ECON 0110 Social Science Social Science
Principles of Microeconomics 50 3 ECON 0100 Social Science Social Science
American Literature 50 3 ENGLIT 0570 Humanities; Literature Literature
English Literature 50 3 ENGLIT 0000 Humanities; Literature Literature
Analyzing & Interpreting Literature 50 3 ENGLIT 0300 Humanities Literature
Biology 50 6 BIOSCI 0150 and 0160 Natural Science Natural Science
Chemistry 50 6 CHEM 0110 and 0120 Natural Science Natural Science
Introductory Psychology 50 3 PSY 0010 Natural Science Natural Science
Educational Psychology 50 3 PSYED 1001 Elective Elective
Human Growth & Development 50 3 PSY 0310 Natural Science Elective
Pre-calculus 50 3 MATH 0100 Mathematics Algebra
Calculus 50 3 MATH 0120 Quantitative & Formal Reasoning Quantitative & Formal Reasoning; Algebra
College Algebra 50 3 MATH 0031 Mathematics Algebra
Financial Accounting 50 3 BUSERV 1920 Elective Elective
Introductory Business Law 50 3 LEGLST 0000 Elective Elective
Principles of Management 50 3 BUSERV 1915 Elective Elective
Principles of Marketing 50 3 BUSERV 1940 Elective Elective
Information Systems 50 3 INFSCI 0010 Quantitative Reasoning Quantitative Reasoning
French Language, Level 1 50 6 FR 0001-2 International Perspective Second Language
French Language, Level 2 63 9 FR 0001-3 International Perspective Second Language
German Language, Level 1 50 6 GER 0001-2 International Perspective Second Language
German Language, Level 2 63 9 GER 0001-3 International Perspective Second Language, Specfic Geographic Region
Spanish Language, Level 1 50 6 SPAN 0001-2 International Perspective Second Language
Spanish Language, Level 2 63 9 SPAN 0001-3 International Perspective Second Language

Policies for Accepting CLEP Credits

  1. You must have graduated from high school at least 2 years ago or be at least 20 years of age.
  2. You may take as many of the CLEP general exams as you wish, from 1 to 5. However, the maximum number you can schedule in one day is four.
  3. The CLEP general exams must be taken before you have completed 60 college credits. The 60 credit limit includes courses taken at the University of Pittsburgh, credits taken at another college or university, and other credits received by examination. Credits earned through CLEP general exams may not duplicate credits received from other sources.
  4. The CLEP subject exams must be taken before you have completed 90 college credits. The 90 credit limit includes courses taken at the University of Pittsburgh, credits taken at another college or university, and other credits received by examination. Credits earned through CLEP subject exams may not duplicate credits received from other sources.
  5. Students may earn up to 3 CLEP credits for ENGCMP 0200 through the College Composition or the College Composition Modular general exam. The remaining 6 writing credits must be taken at the University of Pittsburgh.
  6. The number of credits that students may receive from both CLEP and two-year colleges are 60 credits (it cannot exceed this amount). For instance, students who earned 60 credits from a community college are ineligible to earn addtional CLEP credits.
  7. When you select a College of General Studies major, you will need to take courses to satisfy requirements for that major, as well as those for specific knowledge and skills. You should plan to take the introductory courses in your major area as well as the other courses specified regardless of credits earned through CLEP.
  8. Several other colleges and schools at the University of Pittsburgh accept CLEP credits. However, policies regulating the acceptance of CLEP credits for each school vary. Upon admittance to a different school or college at the University of Pittsburgh, a re-evaluation of your CLEP credits will be done. 
  9. A CLEP award may be re-evaluated for students re-admitted to the College of General Studies who were inactive for two full years or more.

How to Schedule and Take Exams

Step one: It is highly recommended that you meet with your College of General Studies academic advisor before registering for an exam to ensure that the CLEP exam(s) taken will count for degree requirements and will not duplicate course work. To make an appointment with your academic advisor, call 412-624-6600.

Step two: To receive more information and a CLEP Registration-Admission Form, call 412-624-6146, or stop in at the University’s Testing Center, Room G33, Cathedral of Learning. The Registration-Admission Form is also available at the College Board website.

*Be sure to check the sections about military students and the CLEP out challenge on the College Board website, if applicable.

Step three: To schedule a CLEP exam at the Testing Center, complete the Request Form. You must bring your admission ticket and photo ID to the Testing Center on your test date. 

The CLEP fee is $87 per test when purchased from the College Board. The University of Pittsburgh service fee is $25 per test; make your check payable to your testing site (fees may vary by testing site).

University of Pittsburgh 
Testing Center
Room G33, Cathedral of Learning
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
412-624-6146 or tests@pitt.edu

Step four: Learn what to expect on the exam. The College Board Web site has the most accurate information about the material covered in both the CLEP general exams and the CLEP subject exams. You may find the practice guides, which include sample tests, to be helpful as you prepare for an exam. 

Obtaining Your Score

Your scores are reported only to you, two weeks after testing. Allow at least seven weeks to receive your score for the general examination in English composition with essay. To have your scores sent to schools, employers, or certifying agencies, an identification code is required. To have your scores sent to the University of Pittsburgh College of General Studies, select University of Pittsburgh College of General Studies (code 2927) on the Internet test site.

This Information is current as of February 18th, 2019. Contact a College of General Studies academic advisor for further details prior to taking any CLEP exam.