CLEP Scores and Credit Amounts

The scores on this chart represent CLEP Examinations taken on a computer since July 1, 2001. Examinations with later effective dates list the date.

If you have taken a CLEP examination with paper and pencil before July 1, 2001 or a computer-based version before the effective date listed, contact your center's Office of Academic Review or mentor for required scores and available credit.

The required minimum score is 50 for all exams unless otherwise noted.

Business | Composition and Literature | Science and Mathematics | Social Sciences and History | World Languages

Business

Examination TitleMinimum ScoreCredit
Financial Accounting (as of Jan. 2007) 50 3
Information Systems and Computer Applications 50 3
Introductory Business Law (as of May 2002) 50 3
Principles of Accounting (discontinued Jan. 2007) 50 6
Principles of Management 50 3
Principles of Marketing 50 3

Composition and Literature

Examination TitleMinimum ScoreCredit
American Literature 50 6
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature 50 6

College Composition (as of July 2010)
Note: Empire State College does not use the essay portion of the modular version of this examination, however, you can receive 6 credits by taking the regular College Composition examination, which includes an essay evaluated by CLEP.

50 6
College Composition Modular (without essay) 50 3
English Composition (as of July 2003) 50 6
English Literature 50 6
Freshman College Composition (discontinued July 2010) 50 6
Humanities (as of July 2003) 50 6

Science and Mathematics

Examination TitleMinimum ScoreCredit
Biology 50 6
Calculus (as of Oct. 2012) 50 4
Chemistry 50 6
College Algebra 50 3
College Algebra-Trigonometry (discontinued June 2006) 50 3
College Mathematics (as of July 2003) 50 6
Natural Sciences (as of July 2003) 50 6
Precalculus 50 3
Trigonometry (discontinued June 2006) 50 3

Social Sciences and History

Examination TitleMinimum ScoreCredit
American Government 50 3
History of the United States I: Early Colonization to 1877 50 3
History of the United States II: 1865 to the Present 50 3
Human Growth and Development 50 3 advanced-level
Introduction to Educational Psychology 50 3
Introductory Psychology (as of Oct. 2012) 50 3
Introductory Sociology (as of Feb. 2003) 50 3
Principles of Macroeconomics 50 3
Principles of Microeconomics 50 3
Social Sciences and History (as of July 2013) 50 6
Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648 50 3
Western Civilization II: 1648 to the Present 50 3

World Languages

French Language (as of April 2008)

Minimum ScoreTotal CreditAdvanced-level Credit
50 8 0
59 12 4
73 16 8

German Language

Minimum ScoreTotal CreditAdvanced-level Credit
50 8 0
60 12 4
70 16 8

Spanish Language (as of July 2007)

Minimum ScoreTotal CreditAdvanced-level Credit
50 8 0
63 12 4
70 16 8