College of General Studies

CLEP

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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 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 three to six credits on each of the five general examinations and three to nine credits on certain subject examinations. You are required to score at least 50 points or more on each exam you take in order to receive credit from us. Our CLEP information page has more information.

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. A key for the College of General Studies requirement fulfilled column is listed below the chart.

 

CLEP Exams

Score

Credits

Course Equivalents

Requirement Fulfilled*

General Exams

 

 

 

 

College Composition

50

6

ENGCMP 0200

Writing

College Composition Modular

50

3

ENGCMP 0200

Writing

Humanities

50

3

INTERDIS 0000

DS: H

College Mathematics

50

6

MATH 0000

Elective

Natural Sciences

50

6

INTERDIS 0000

DS: N

Social Science and History

50

6

INTERDIS 0000

DS: S, 6

Subject Exams

 

 

 

 

American Government

50

3

PS 0200

DS: S

U.S. History I

50

3

HIST 0600

DS: S, 6

U.S. History II

50

3

HIST 0601

DS: S, 6

Western Civilization I

50

3

HIST 0100

DS: S, 6, 7

Western Civilization II

50

3

HIST 0101

DS: S, 6, 7

Introductory Sociology

50

3

SOC 0010

DS: S

Principles of Macroeconomics

50

3

ECON 0110

DS: S

Principles of Microeconomics

50

3

ECON 0100

DS: S

American Literature

50

3

ENGLIT 0000

DS: H, 5

English Literature

50

3

ENGLIT 0000

DS: H, 5

Analyzing & Interpreting Literature

50

3

ENGLIT 0000

DS: H

Biology

50

6

BIOSCI 0150 and 0160

DS: N

Chemistry

50

6

CHEM 0110 and 0120

DS: N

Introductory Psychology

50

3

PSY 0010

DS: N

Educational Psychology

50

3

PSYED 1001

Elective

Human Growth & Development

50

3

PSY 0310

DS: N

Precalculus

50

3

MATH 0100

DS: 3

Calculus

50

3

MATH 0120

DS: 4

College Algebra

50

3

MATH 0031

DS: 3

Financial Accounting

50

3

BUSERV 1920

Elective

Introductory Business Law

50

3

LEGLST 1330

DS: S

Principles of Management

50

3

BUSERV 1915

Elective

Principles of Marketing

50

3

BUSERV 1940

Elective

French Language, Level 1

50

6

FR 0001-2

DS: 7

French Language, Level 2

50

9

FR 0001-4

DS: 7

German Language, Level 1

50

6

GER 0001-2

DS: 7

German Language, Level 2

50

9

GER 0001-4

DS: 7

Spanish Language, Level 1

50

6

SPAN 0001-2

DS: 7

Spanish Language, Level 2

50

9

SPAN 0001-4

DS: 7


*College of General Studies Requirement Fulfilled Key

DS: H- Humanities

3-Mathematics

6-History

DS: S-Social Sciences

4-Quantitative Reasoning

7-International Perspective

DS: N-Natural Sciences

5-English Literature

 

College of General Studies Policies for Accepting CLEP Credits

  1. You must have graduated from high school at least two 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 one to five. 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. Credits earned by taking Pitt composition courses or their equivalents from another college, will be deducted from the CLEP credits earned through the English composition general exam.
  6. 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.
  7. 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. 
  8. 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.

What you can expect to see on the exams

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. Visit the College Board website: https://clep.collegeboard.org/.

How to get started

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 the College of General Studies front desk at 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 available at, https://clep.collegeboard.org/

Step three: To schedule a CLEP exam at the Testing Center, complete the Request Form at, http://www.uptc.pitt.edu/testing-request-form/. You must bring your admission ticket and photo ID to the Testing Center on your test date.

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.

Affordable and a great long-term value

The CLEP fee is $80 per test when purchased from the College Board. The University of Pittsburgh service fee is $20 per test; make your check payable to your testing site (fees may vary by testing site).

How to prepare for a CLEP exam

You may find the practice guides, which include sample tests, to be helpful as you prepare for an exam. The College Board offers the CLEP Official Study Guide on its website for $24.99 or the individual subject study guides for $10. Prices are subject to change.

 

CLEP testing sites and information

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

 

 This Information is current as of April 2015. Call a College of General Studies academic advisor for the most current information prior to taking any CLEP exam.