College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

The College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP) offers you the opportunity to receive college credit for what you already know. Earn qualifying scores on any of the 33 introductory-level college subject examinations and accelerate your education. The 90-minute exams, which cost $85 each, are administered at 1,800 test centers, and 2,900 colleges and universities. Refer to the
CLEP Information for Test-Takers booklet for additional information.

University Credit-by-Exam Policy 503.5

UA Little Rock CLEP code: 6368

CLEP transcript request service:

If you did not indicate a score recipient institution at the time of your exam and you want to request your CLEP scores, you may do so by ordering a CLEP Transcript (.pdf/480 KB) from CollegeBoard. This cumulative transcript lists all the CLEP exams you have taken and the scores you earned in the last 20 years.

UA Little Rock requires that an official score report (which is the transcript) be sent directly from College Board; we cannot accept a fax, high school transcript, photocopies, etc.

After your score report is received, the credits earned will be posted to your record. You may view your earned credits through your Boss account. You will need your UA Little Rock “T” number (ID) and pin to access Boss.


Credit at UA Little Rock


This table consists only of those CLEP tests that are accepted for credit at UA Little Rock. There are other CLEP exams. If you are attempting to earn credit at an institution, other than UA Little Rock, you may take any CLEP test that is listed on the current CLEP website. Of course, you should make sure that your institution gives credit for the test(s) you take.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you do not pass your CLEP test but wish to try again, you must wait a minimum of THREE MONTHS before retesting in that particular subject. UA Little Rock requires that one wait six months for some tests, and some exams may not be repeated for credit consideration.

TEST TITLE
(Departmental Order)
PAPER SCOREa COMPUTER SCOREa CREDITS AWARDED
Biology
Biology 50 50 BIOL 1401, Science of Biology
Computer Science
Information Systems
(Prior to 10/15 Information Systems & Computer Applications)
n/a 50 CPSC 1370, Computer Literacy
Economics and Finance
Microeconomics n/a 50 ECON 2322, Principles of Microeconomics
Macroeconomics n/a 50 ECON 2323, Principles of Macroeconomics
Educational Foundations
Introduction to Educational Psychology 47 50 EDFN 3320, Introduction to Educational Psychology
English
American Literature TBD TBD TBD
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature 54b
on multiple-choice AND pass the essay
50b
on multiple-choice AND pass the essay
ENGL 2337, World Literature
English Literature TBD TBD TBD
English Composition
English Composition
(Multiple-choice test only. Discontinued July 1, 2010.)
420 50 RHET 1311, Composition I
English Composition with Essay (Discontinued July 1, 2010.) n/a 50 to 62 RHET 1311, Composition I
n/a 63 RHET 1311 and RHET 1312, Composition I and Composition II
Freshman College Composition (UA Little Rock does not require the optional essay. Discontinued July 1, 2010.) n/a 50 RHET 1311, Composition I
College Composition Modular n/a 50 RHET 1311, Composition I
College Composition n/a 50 RHET 1311 and RHET 1312, Composition I and Composition II
Foreign Languages
French Language 39 50c FREN 1311 and 1312, Elementary French I and II
42 54 FREN 1311, 1312 and 2311, Elementary French I, II, and Intermediate French I
German Language 36 50d
(The score 50 for six credit hours has not changed)
GERM 1311 and 1312, Elementary German I and II
39 55d
(57 if tested prior to June 25, 2008)
GERM 1311,1312 and 2311, Elementary German I, II, and Intermediate German I
42 60d
(63 if tested prior to June 25, 2008)
GERM 1311, 1312, 2311, and 2312, Elementary German I and II, and Intermediate German I and II
Spanish Language 45 50 SPAN 1311 and 1312, Elementary Spanish I and II
50 58e
(56 if tested prior to August 2007)
SPAN 1311,1312 and 2311, Elementary Spanish I, II, and Intermediate Spanish I
63e
(66 if tested prior to August 2007)
SPAN 1311, 1312, 2311, Elementary Spanish I, II, Intermediate Spanish I, and LANG 2312, Intermediate Language II
History
History of the United States I 53 54 HIST 2311, U.S. History to 1877
History of the United States II n/a 55 HIST 2312, U.S. History Since 1877
Social Sciences and History n/a n/a No credit awarded
Western Civilization I n/a 57 HIST 1311, History of Civilization I
Western Civilization II n/a 56 HIST 1312, History of Civilization II
Management
Principles of Management 50 60 MGMT 1300, Introduction to Business
Marketing
Principles of Marketing 48 50 MKTG 3350, Principles of Marketing
Introductory Business Law n/a 50 MKTG 2380, Legal Environment of Business
Mathematics
Calculus 46 55 MATH 1451, Calculus I
College Algebra 50 53 MATH 1302, College Algebra
College Mathematics
(Exam may be taken once every six months.)
n/a 50 MATH 1321, Quantitative and Mathematical Reasoning
Precalculus n/a 55 MATH 1302, College Algebra
Trigonometry
(Test discontinued July 1, 2006. A departmental exam in Trig has taken its place.)
54 58 MATH 1303, Trigonometry
Physics
Natural Sciences n/a 55 PHYS 1310, Physical Concepts
Political Science
American Government 55 55 POLS 1310, American National Government
Psychology
Introductory Psychology 57 64 PSYC 2300, Psychology and the Human Experience
Sociology
Introductory Sociology 60 59 SOCI 2300, Introduction to Sociology


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a Required scores changed in July 2001 as CLEP tests became computer-based. “Paper Score” refers to scores earned on pencil/paper tests during the 2000-2001 testing year. “Computer Score” refers to scores earned on computer-based tests in July 2001 or later. CLEP scores are reported on a scale of 20 to 80. The minimum scores are based on this scale. They are not percentage scores.

b One must pass the multiple choice test AND an essay test.

c IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING FRENCH: April 17, 2008, changes were made in the content of the test, and the required scores were changed. The score you need will depend upon when you tested. You can tell by looking at your score report – if it shows a recommended score of 62 for 12 hours, you tested under the old guidelines (62 for 12 hours and 56 for 9 hours). If your score report shows a recommended score of 59 for 12 hours, you tested under the new guideline (59 for 12 hours and 54 for 9 hours). The score of 50 for 6 credit hours has not changed.

IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING GERMAN: June 25, 2008, changes were made in the content of the test, and the required scores were changed. The score you need will depend upon when you tested. You can tell by looking at your score report – if it shows a recommended score of 63 for 12 hours, you tested under the old guidelines (63 for 12 hours and 57 for 9 hours). If your score report shows a recommended score of 60 for 12 hours, you tested under the new guidelines (60 for 12 hours and 55 for 9 hours). The score of 50 for 6 credit hours has not changed.

e IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING SPANISH: In August 2007, changes were made in the content of the test, and the required scores were changed. The score you need will depend upon when you tested. You can tell by looking at your score report — if it shows a recommended score of 66 for 12 hours, you tested under the old guidelines (66 for 12 hours and 58 for 9 hours). If your score report shows a recommended score of 63 for 12 hours, you tested under the new guidelines (63 for 12 hours and 56 for 6 hours). The score of 50 for 6 credit hours has not changed.


How to register for a CLEP exam

  1. Decide which CLEP test(s) to take.
    • Testing Services administers all CLEP tests, including those that are not accepted for credit at UA Little Rock.
    • Examinees are permitted to take up to 2(two) 90-minute tests (one after the other) during a single appointment. You may register for as many tests as you wish, but only 2 will be administered in a single day.
    • Students seeking credit at other institutions should check with their school for approved tests. Additional information can be found under Credit at Other Institutions.
  2. Create an online account through the CLEP My Account registration portal.
  3. Register online for your test(s).
    • Be prepared to submit the $85.00 CLEP test fee at the time you register.
    • Schedule your appointment to test at UA Little Rock Testing Services computer lab. You will be required to submit $28.50 at the time you make your appointment using our online scheduler or by entering the URL ualr.at/exam . An additional $11.50 essay fee may also be required. Refer to Test Fees.
    • Military personnel and civilian employees may be eligible for reimbursement of the $85.00 CLEP fee, but the UA Little Rock $28.50 and possible $11.50 essay fee will not be waived or reimbursed. Please refer to CLEP for Military, DANTES Eligibility Chart, and the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs. Any reimbursement must be requested through CLEP and/or the Dept. of Veterans Affairs; UA Little Rock is not part of this process.
  4. Print-out your voucher/registration ticket. UA Little Rock requires that you present this voucher on your appointment date to verify your registration with CLEP. You may not test without it.
  5. Review the Test Day – What to Bring section for test center regulations and policies.
  6. Study for your test. Study materials are available in bookstores and on the College Board CLEP website. If you do not pass your CLEP test, but you wish to try again, you must wait THREE MONTHS before retesting in that particular subject.


Appointment days and times


CLEP tests are administered Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. During busy times, we may have to restrict CLEP administrations.

You may take up to two 90-minute exams (one after the other) at a single appointment time.

Schedule your appointment early! Computer space is limited and some dates fill-up quickly, especially at the end of each term.


Test fees


Fees are required at the time you register with CLEP and schedule your appointment with UA Little Rock Testing Services.

    $85 CLEP registration fee
    $28.50 UA Little Rock appointment and test administration fee
    $11.50 UA Little Rock essay fee

Your $85 CLEP test registration fee plus your $28.50 UA Little Rock appointment fee will total $113.50. If an essay is required, your total fee will be $85 + $28.50 + $11.50 = $125 per exam.

The $11.50 applies to the following essays:

  • American Literature essay (This exam is hand-written by the examinee and scored by UA Little Rock faculty.)
  • Analyzing and Interpreting Literature essay
  • English Literature essay
  • The English Composition with essay test consists of a multiple-choice section and an essay section. This is the only CLEP essay that must be typed on the computer. The essay is transmitted electronically to CLEP in New York for scoring.

On your test day, you will take the CLEP multiple-choice test first. If you make a passing score, according to UA Little Rock requirements, you will then take the essay test. Results will be mailed to you usually within 2 weeks of the test date.

NOTE: If you are NOT taking the essay portion of one of the tests listed above, you will NOT be charged the $11.50 essay fee. There is NOT a $11.50 essay fee the College Composition exam.

Example: If you registered for the American Literature exam, and are taking the multiple-choice test only, you will pay $28.50 to UA Little Rock when you make your appointment using our online scheduler. If you need to take the essay portion also, you will pay a total of $38.50 to UA Little Rock. Remember, this charge is per test. If you are registering for two tests, you will pay double the total amount.


What to bring

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  1. One form of acceptable identification is required. It must be government issued, current, photo ID. You will be asked to show this identification prior to testing. The last name on your primary ID must match the name on your registration ticket.
    • Driver’s license
    • Passport
    • Military ID
    • National ID
    • Tribal ID
    • Naturalization card
    • Certificate of citizenship or other government issued identification that includes your photograph, name, and signature.
    • If the test-taker is unable to provide a primary government-issued ID, then the College Board Student ID Form may be used for identification purposes.
    • The Student ID Form can be downloaded from the Exam Day Info page of the CLEP website: http://clep.collegeboard.org/exam-day-info. One can also contact CLEP Services at 800.257.9558, 212.237.1311, or clep@info.collegeboard.org.
  2. Print-out your voucher/registration ticket. UA Little Rock requires that you present this voucher on your appointment date to verify your registration with CLEP. You may not test without it.
  3. Payment of the UA Little Rock test fee ($28.50 or $38.50) is required at the time you make your test day appointment using our online scheduler.
  4. If a calculator is permitted for your test, it will be provided on your computer.
  5. DO NOT bring food, drinks, gum, candy, etc. They are not permitted in our main office or testing lab.
    • Other items such as hats, purses, books, study guides, tissues, pens, pencils, paper, and bookbags are not permitted in the testing lab. If you must bring them, please be prepared to store them in a locker in our office.
    • Cell phones, pagers, watches, cameras, and other electronic devices are NOT permitted in the testing lab, even if they are turned off. Please do not bring these items with you, or be prepared to store them in a locker. Find out more by reading our policy regarding cell phones in the Testing Center.
  6. Please do not bring children with you. They are not permitted in the test room, and Testing Services staff is not permitted to provide child care.


Taking and retaking a CLEP test


Before beginning your exam, spend some time on the CLEP tutorial to familiarize yourself with the testing software.

You will receive your score immediately after testing. Exceptions:

  1. The “College Composition” test score will be sent to you from CLEP. Check CLEP Scoring for more information. (Note: The essay portion of the College Composition test must be typed. All other essays are handwritten.)
  2. Handwritten essays will be scored in the appropriate academic department. We cannot guarantee a turnaround date for essays that are graded by the departments.  It can often take an extended amount of time for such an essay to be graded.  Please plan accordingly.

Take your personal copy of your score report with you. The College Board (the company in New York that coordinates national CLEP testing) will send an official copy to the college or university that you indicated on the computer. Official score reports usually reach the recipients within two weeks of your test date. Please note that UA Little Rock does not send scores to other institutions.

If you are applying for credit at UA Little Rock and you passed your exam, your credit will be processed automatically. Note that you must have a current transcript for credits to be posted. If this is your first semester at UA Little Rock, or if you have not enrolled, your credits cannot be processed until you have enrolled and are attending courses at UA Little Rock.

If you do not pass your CLEP test but wish to try again, you must wait a minimum of THREE MONTHS before retesting in that particular subject. UA Little Rock requires that one wait six months for some tests and some exams may not be repeated for credit consideration. To verify the current length of the waiting period, candidates may contact CLEP Services at 800.257.9558, 212. 237.1331, or clep@info.collegeboard.org.


Accommodation


Testing Services and the Disability Resource Center (DRC) have collaborated to improve the way students are accommodated in academic testing. For more detailed information, visit Accommodated Exams in Testing Services for UA Little Rock course-based testing.

CLEP accommodation policy can be found online in the booklet Information for Test Takers


How credit is earned through CLEP tests


CLEP credit comes from colleges and universities, not from CLEP scores. Sometimes students think that taking a CLEP test means automatic college credit wherever you enroll, or even if you don’t enroll anywhere. This is not the case.

When you take a CLEP test, you must send the score to an approved college or university if you want credit. Even if you earn an outstanding score on a CLEP test, you still have no credit until that score has been sent to and approved by your college or university.

Remember that CLEP policies vary from campus to campus. Do not take CLEP tests until you are sure where you will attend school and what that school’s policies are.

To earn CLEP credit at UA Little Rock, you must submit current transcript, and make the required score set by UA Little Rock faculty.

If you have never attended UA Little Rock and do not plan to attend UA Little Rock, please do not send your CLEP scores to UA Little Rock. No credits can be awarded unless you are currently enrolled and are attending courses.


Credit at other institutions


UA Little Rock is an open center for any person who wants to take a CLEP test. If you wish to earn credit at some other institution, make sure you find out which CLEP tests are accepted for credit and what the cutoff scores are for that institution. Cut-scores vary from school to school. If you do not know the required score for your test, you will not know if you passed!

Before the test begins, you will select the institution where you want your official score report sent. All colleges and universities that are approved to receive CLEP scores will be listed on the CLEP website.

Check the list of Colleges and Universities that grant CLEP credit by using the College Board’s CLEP College database. If you do NOT see your school listed, contact your school NOW and ask how to have your scores sent to them. If they give you a mailing address, bring it with you on your test date. Code numbers are NOT necessary.