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2021-2022 General Catalog (Under Revision) 
2021-2022 General Catalog (Under Revision)

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

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College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

The CLEP examinations were designed for undergraduate students who wish to utilize previous knowledge and experience in lieu of required coursework. CLEP is a national program of credit-by-examination, allowing students to obtain recognition for college-level achievement. This privilege is intended to measure information and training gained from practical experience that may be considered the equivalent of the experience and training received by students in an organized course given at the University.

Undergraduate credits may be acquired through the CLEP examinations. These credits may be used to fill General Education requirements and may also be accepted as equivalent to specific courses. Students interested in taking a CLEP exam should contact the University Testing Services Office, University Inn 115.

Individual departments and/or colleges may specify the exact courses required to fill their requirements and may require more than the minimum General Education requirements. Some departments and colleges require specific coursework for General Education, which the CLEP exams may not satisfy.

If, prior to (or after) taking a CLEP examination, a student receives credit (including AP credit) for any coursework equivalent to the subject matter of a CLEP examination, the credits earned for the course will be deducted from the credits awarded for the examination.

A student is not allowed to take and receive academic credit for a CLEP examination after he or she has completed an equivalent or more advanced course within that subject matter. Any exceptions must be approved by a student’s academic college.

USU will accept a maximum of 30 total credits from CLEP, DANTES Standardized Subject Tests (DSST), and cooperative education/internship credit combined.

Other institutions have policies differing from those of USU regarding CLEP scores and credits granted for those scores. For transfer students with less than an associate degree, CLEP credit posted to another institution’s transcript is reevaluated based on USU’s standard.

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) Credit Allocation


 Min. Score


USU Credit Awarded

American Government 50 3 POLS 1100  (BAI)
American Literature - - No credit awarded
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature 52 3 ENGL 2200  (BHU)
Biology 50 3 BIOL 1010  (BLS)
Calculus 50 3 3 (QL ) credits 
Chemistry - - No credit awarded
College Algebra 50 3 3 (QL ) credits 
College Composition 50 3 ENGL 1010  (CL1)
College Composition Modular - - No credit awarded
College Mathematics - - No credit awarded
English Literature - - No credit awarded
Financial Accounting - - No credit awarded
French Language - - No credit awarded
German Language - - No credit awarded
History of the United States I 50 3 HIST 2700  (BAI)
History of the United States II 50 3 HIST 2710  (BAI)
Human Growth and Development 53 3 PSY 1100 
Humanities 50 3 3 elective credits
Information Systems - - No credit awarded
Introduction to Educational Psychology - - No credit awarded
Introductory Business Law 62 2 MGT 2050 
Introductory Psychology 50 3 PSY 1010  (BSS)
Introductory Sociology 55 3 SOC 1010  (BSS)
Natural Sciences 50 3 3 (BLS ) credits 
Precalculus - - No credit awarded
Principles of Macroeconomics 50 3 ECN 1500  (BAI)
Principles of Management - - No credit awarded
Principles of Marketing - - No credit awarded
Principles of Microeconomics 50 3 APEC 2010 /ECN 2010  (BSS)
Social Sciences and History 50 3 3 elective credits
Spanish Language - - No credit awarded
Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648 50 3 HIST 1100  (BHU)
Western Civilization II: 1648 to the Present 50 3 HIST 1110  (BHU)

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