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College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) gives you the opportunity to receive college credit for what you already know by earning qualifying scores on any of 33 examinations. Through CLEP you can earn credit for knowledge you've acquired through independent study, prior course work, on-the-job training, professional development, cultural pursuits or internships.

To learn more about the CLEP credit-by-examination program including test preparation, examination descriptions and authorized test center locations, visit the official CLEP website.

Scheduling an Appointment

Testing Services administers CLEP examinations by appointment Monday through Friday. To schedule an appointment or get additional information on test requirements, fees and policies, please contact our office. For optimum availability, we recommend that you contact us two weeks prior to a desired test date.

You must also create a CLEP account, purchase the exam you wish to take, and select the institution you want your scores sent to PRIOR to your exam appointment. You will be required to present your printed CLEP Registration Ticket, acceptable photo ID, and the additional test administration fee when you arrive for your exam.

Test Administration Fee: $30 payable on the day of the test by cash or check only. Credit and debit cards are not accepted for payment. Please note that this is in addition to the test fee that you pay to CLEP when you purchase the exam on the CLEP website.

CLEP Credit Opportunities at FHSU

FHSU grants credit for all CLEP examinations. Listed below are each of the CLEP examinations with information on the FHSU required minimum score and credit granted at FHSU. Please be sure that you also read through the "General Information" section so that you can make an informed decision about participating in the CLEP program.

General Information

  • Students should consult their academic advisor and/or the transcript analysts in the Registrar's Office for specific information on how the successful completion of an examination applies to their degree program.
  • A grade of CR (Credit) is recorded on a student's transcript for successful completion of an examination that is accepted for credit.
  • No credit will be awarded for a course that has been previously completed at Fort Hays State University or a transfer institution. If a student has previously enrolled in or audited a course, and received a grade, credit or an incomplete, CLEP is not a consideration.
  • No credit is awarded for an examination that is a prerequisite for a course previously passed.
  • Credit by examination is a form of Credit for Prior Learning (CPL). CPL maxima (all forms) are defined by credential level: Certificate--6 hours; Associate--30 hours; Baccalaureate--60 hours; Master's--6 hours; Education Specialist and Doctoral--Not Allowed.
  • Credit from qualifying credit-by-examination programs is only recorded for enrolled students who are in a signed degree program at Fort Hays State University. FHSU will not record CLEP credit for non-degree students or for students who have not returned to FHSU after a prior enrollment.
  • CLEP credits earned at FHSU may or may not be accepted by other institutions. It is important to verify CLEP credit policies at each institution of attendance.
  • Visit the FHSU Credit for Prior Learning site for additional information.
  • CLEP credit policies are subject to change upon periodic review.
  • Examination information appearing in italics indicates that the version of the examination has been retired/discontinued by CLEP.
  • Policies for paper-based CLEP examinations administered before April 1, 2004 are available on the CLEP Policies for Retired Paper-based Testing page. CLEP paper-based examinations taken before 4/1/04 are a part of the now-retired paper and pencil program. CLEP transcripts show a letter "P" designating that the examinee took a paper-based CLEP test before April 1, 2004.

CLEP Examination Title with FHSU Minimum Score Required and Credit Granted at FHSU

American Government
FHSU Minimum Score Required: 50
Credit Granted: Credit for "American Government" (POLS 101); 3 credit hours

American Literature
FHSU Minimum Score Required: 50
Credit Granted: Credit for "Topics in IDS (non Gen Ed): American Literature CLEP Exam" (IDS 199); 3 credit hours

Analyzing and Interpreting Literature
FHSU Minimum Score Required: 50
Credit Granted: Credit for "Introduction to Literature" (ENG 126); 3 credit hours

Biology
FHSU Minimum Score Required: 50
Credit Granted: Credit for "Principles of Biology" (BIOL 180), 3 credit hours; OR Credit for "Human Biology" (BIOL 100), 3 credit hours

Calculus
FHSU Minimum Score Required: 50
Credit Granted: Credit for "Analytic Geometry and Calculus I" (MATH 234); 5 credit hours

Chemistry
FHSU Minimum Score Required: Level 1--40; Level 2--51; Level 3--66
Credit Granted:
Level 1--Credit for "Chemist's View of the World" (CHEM 100); 3 credit hours
Level 2--Credit for "General Chemistry I" (CHEM 112 lecture only); 2 credit hours
Level 3--Credit for "University Chemistry I" (CHEM 120 lecture only); 3 credit hours
Important Note: If a student wishes to have credit for CHEM 112 with lab or CHEM 120 with lab, this test alone is not sufficient. The department does have an in-house lab practical which the student must pass for lab credit. If the student does not pass the practical but still wants credit for both lecture and lab, they will have to enroll in the co-requisite lecture and lab classes regardless of the score they earned on the CLEP exam.

College Algebra
FHSU Minimum Score Required: 50
Credit Granted: Credit for "College Algebra" (MATH 110); 3 credit hours

College Algebra-Trigonometry (Exam discontinued by CLEP effective July 1, 2006)
FHSU Minimum Score Required: 50
Credit Granted: Credit for "Pre-Calculus Mathematics" (MATH 130); 5 credit hours

College Composition
FHSU Minimum Score Required: One Semester of Credit = 50 / Two Semesters of Credit = 59
Credit Granted: One Semester of Credit (3 credit hours total): English Composition I (ENG 101)--3 credit hrs. / Two Semesters of Credit (6 credit hours total): English Composition I (ENG 101)--3 credit hrs. and English Composition II (ENG 102)--3 credit hrs.

College Composition Modular
FHSU Minimum Score Required: 50
Credit Granted: Credit for "Topics in IDS (non Gen Ed): College Composition Modular CLEP Exam" (IDS 199); 3 credit hours

College Mathematics
FHSU Minimum Score Required: 50
Credit Granted: Credit for "Liberal Arts Mathematics" (MATH 101); 3 credit hours

English Composition (Exam discontinued by CLEP effective July 1, 2010)
FHSU Minimum Score Required: Not Accepted
Credit Granted: No Credit Awarded

English Composition with Essay (Exam discontinued by CLEP effective July 1, 2010)
FHSU Minimum Score Required: Not Accepted
Credit Granted: No Credit Awarded

English Literature
FHSU Minimum Score Required: 50
Credit Awarded: Credit for "Topics in IDS (non Gen Ed): English Literature CLEP Exam" (IDS 199); 3 credit hours

Financial Accounting
FHSU Minimum Score Required: 50
Credit Granted: Credit for "Principles of Accounting I" (ACCT 203); 3 credit hours

French Language (Score reports show ACE scores: 2 semesters--50 / 3 semesters--59)
FHSU Minimum Score Required: One Semester of Credit = 50 / Two Semesters of Credit = 55
Credit Granted: One Semester of Credit (5 credit hours total): Beginning French I (MLNG 201)--5 credit hrs. / Two Semesters of Credit (10 credit hours total): Beginning French I (MLNG 201)--5 credit hrs. and Beginning French II (MLNG 202)--5 credit hrs.

Retired Version: French Language (CBT Version 2 retired April 2008)
Score reports show ACE recommended scores: 2 semesters--50 / 4 semesters--62
FHSU Minimum Score Required: One Semester of Credit = 50 / Two Semesters of Credit = 56
Credit Granted: One Semester of Credit (5 credit hours total): Beginning French I (MLNG 201)--5 credit hrs. / Two Semesters of Credit (10 credit hours total): Beginning French I (MLNG 201)--5 credit hrs. and Beginning French II (MLNG 202)--5 credit hrs.

Retired Version: French Language (CBT Version 1 retired March 2003)
Score reports show ACE recommended scores: 2 semesters--50 / 4 semesters--52
FHSU Minimum Score Required: One Semester of Credit = 50 / Two Semesters of Credit = 51
Credit Granted: One Semester of Credit (5 credit hours total): Beginning French I (MLNG 201)--5 credit hrs. / Two Semesters of Credit (10 credit hours total): Beginning French I (MLNG 201)--5 credit hrs. and Beginning French II (MLNG 202)--5 credit hrs.

Freshman College Composition (Exam discontinued by CLEP effective July 1, 2010)
FHSU Minimum Score Required: (Important Note: Examinee must complete and pass both the computer-based test and the optional essay section.) Computer-based score must be at least 50 and examinee must receive a passing evaluation on the essay section. (The essay section is evaluated by the FHSU English Department.)
Credit Granted: Credit for "English Composition I" (ENG 101); 3 credit hours.

German Language (Score reports show ACE scores: 2 semesters--50 / 3 semesters--60)
FHSU Minimum Score Required: One Semester of Credit = 50 / Two Semesters of Credit = 55
Credit Granted: One Semester of Credit (5 credit hours total): Beginning German I (MLNG 208)--5 credit hrs. / Two Semesters of Credit (10 credit hours total): Beginning German I (MLNG 208)--5 credit hrs. and Beginning German II (MLNG 209)--5 credit hrs.

Retired Version: German Language (CBT Version 1 retired June 2008)
Score reports show ACE recommended scores: 2 semesters--50 / 4 semesters--63
FHSU Minimum Score Required: One Semester of Credit = 50 / Two Semesters of Credit = 56
Credit Granted: One Semester of Credit (5 credit hours total): Beginning German I (MLNG 208)--5 credit hrs. / Two Semesters of Credit (10 credit hours total): Beginning German I (MLNG 208)--5 credit hrs. and Beginning German II (MLNG 209)--5 credit hrs.

History of the United States I: Early Colonization to 1877
FHSU Minimum Score Required: 50
Credit Granted: Non-History Majors: Credit for "United States History to 1877" (HIST 130); 3 credit hours

History of the United States II: 1865 to the Present
FHSU Minimum Score Required: 50
Credit Granted: Non-History Majors: Credit for "United States History Since 1877" (HIST 131); 3 credit hours

Human Growth and Development
FHSU Minimum Score Required: 50
Credit Granted: Credit for "Human Growth and Development" (TEEL 231); 3 credit hours

Humanities
FHSU Minimum Score Required: 50
Credit Granted: Credit for "Topics in IDS (non Gen Ed): Humanities CLEP Exam" (IDS 199); 3 credit hours

Information Systems (formerly Information Systems and Computer Applications)
FHSU Minimum Score Required: 50
Credit Granted: Credit for "Introduction to Computer Information Systems" (INF 101); 3 credit hours

Introduction to Educational Psychology
FHSU Minimum Score Required: 50
Credit Granted: Credit for "Educational Psychology" (TEEL 431); 3 credit hours

Introductory Business Law
FHSU Minimum Score Required: 50
Credit Granted: Credit for "Business Law I" (GBUS 204); 3 credit hours

Introductory Psychology
FHSU Minimum Score Required: 50
Credit Granted: Credit for "General Psychology" (PSY 100); 3 credit hours

Introductory Sociology
FHSU Minimum Score Required: 50
Credit Granted: Credit for "Introduction to Sociology" (SOC 140); 3 credit hours

Natural Sciences
FHSU Minimum Score Required: 50
Credit Granted: Credit for “Topics in IDS (non Gen Ed): Natural Sciences CLEP Exam” (IDS 199); 3 credit hours

Precalculus
FHSU Minimum Score Required: 50
Credit Granted: Credit for "Precalculus Mathematics" (MATH 130); 3 credit hours

Principles of Accounting (Exam discontinued by CLEP effective July 1, 2007)
FHSU Minimum Score Required: 50
Credit Granted: Credit for "Principles of Accounting I" (ACCT 203); 3 credit hours AND credit for “Principles of Accounting II" (ACCT 204); 3 credit hours (6 credit hours total)

Principles of Macroeconomics
FHSU Minimum Score Required: 50
Credit Granted: Credit for "Principles of Macroeconomics" (ECON 202); 3 credit hours

Principles of Management
FHSU Minimum Score Required: 50
Credit Granted: Credit for "Principles of Management" (MGT 301); 3 credit hours

Principles of Marketing
FHSU Minimum Score Required: 50
Credit Granted: Credit for "Marketing Principles" (MKT 301); 3 credit hours

Principles of Microeconomics
FHSU Minimum Score Required: 50
Credit Granted: Credit for "Principles of Microeconomics" (ECON 201), 3 credit hours

Social Sciences and History
FHSU Minimum Score Required: 50
Credit Granted: Credit for "Topics in IDS (non Gen Ed): Social Sciences and History CLEP Exam" (IDS 199); 3 credit hours

Spanish Language (Score reports show ACE scores: 2 semesters--50 / 3 semesters--63)
FHSU Minimum Score Required: One Semester of Credit = 50 / Two Semesters of Credit = 57
Credit Granted: One Semester of Credit (5 credit hours total): Beginning Spanish I (MLNG 225)--5 credit hrs. / Two Semesters of Credit (10 credit hours total): Beginning Spanish I (MLNG 225)--5 credit hrs. and Beginning Spanish II (MLNG 226)--5 credit hrs.

Retired Version: Spanish Language (CBT Version 2 retired July 2007)
Score reports show ACE recommended scores: 2 semesters--50 / 4 semesters--66
FHSU Minimum Score Required: One Semester of Credit = 50 / Two Semesters of Credit = 58
Credit Granted: One Semester of Credit (5 credit hours total): Beginning Spanish I (MLNG 225)--5 credit hrs. / Two Semesters of Credit (10 credit hours total): Beginning Spanish I (MLNG 225)--5 credit hrs. and Beginning Spanish II (MLNG 226)--5 credit hrs.

Retired Version: Spanish Language (CBT Version 1 retired March 2003)
Score reports show ACE recommended scores: 2 semesters--50 / 4 semesters--54
FHSU Minimum Score Required: One Semester of Credit = 50 / Two Semesters of Credit = 52
Credit Granted: One Semester of Credit (5 credit hours total): Beginning Spanish I (MLNG 225)--5 credit hrs. / Two Semesters of Credit (10 credit hours total): Beginning Spanish I (MLNG 225)--5 credit hrs. and Beginning Spanish II (MLNG 226)--5 credit hrs.

Trigonometry (Exam discontinued by CLEP effective July 1, 2006)
FHSU Minimum Score Required: 50
Credit Granted: Credit for "Plane Trigonometry" (MATH 122); 3 credit hours

Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648
FHSU Minimum Score Required: 50
Credit Granted: No credit awarded for a specific course. Credit awarded is 3 credit hours of elective credit toward degree.

Western Civilization II: 1648 to the Present
FHSU Minimum Score Required: 50
Credit Granted: No credit awarded for a specific course. Credit awarded is 3 credit hours of elective credit toward degree.

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