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CLEP credits 

Students who’ve gained knowledge outside the classroom can receive college credit through a series of exams. Current VCU students can take College-Level Examination Program tests through the VCU Testing Center for a fee. Incoming students who have taken CLEP tests before they enrolled at VCU must request a CLEP transcript from the College Board.

If you're planning to take a CLEP exam, you should refer to the policies in the VCU Bulletin and on the Campus Learning Center website, as well as discuss the decision with your academic advisor before registering for an exam.

Among other rules, you may not attempt a subject or general examination if it duplicates in part or full any VCU course or combination of courses that you have already completed or enrolled in for credit. This includes courses for which you've received a grade of W. Also, a maximum of 54 semester credits can be earned through CLEP examinations.

Deadlines for graduating students: CLEP exams taken to fulfill requirements for graduation must be taken prior to the start of the next term. May graduates must take CLEP exams before Summer Session begins. August graduates must take CLEP exams before fall semester begins. December graduates must take CLEP exams before Intersession begins.

Passing scores on the CLEP exam are equivalent to credit in these VCU courses:

CLEP exam titleVCU equivalentCredit awardedPassing score
Foreign languages
French LanguageFREN 101, 102850
French LanguageFREN 101, 102, 201, 2021459
German LanguageGRMN 101, 102850
German LanguageGRMN 101, 102, 201, 2021463
Spanish LanguageSPAN 101, 102850
Spanish LanguageSPAN 101, 102, 201, 2021466
Spanish with WritingSPAN 201363
Social sciences and history
American GovernmentPOLI 103350
Introduction to Educational PsychologyPSYC 305/EDUS 305350
History of the United States IHIST 103350
History of the United States IIHIST 104350
Human Growth and Development**EDUS 301350
Introductory PsychologyPSYC 101350
Introductory SociologySOCY 101350
Western Civilization IHIST 101350
Western Civilization IIHIST 102350
Science and mathematics
College AlgebraMATH 141350
CalculusMATH 200350
ChemistryCHEM 101, 102650
College MathematicsMATH 131350
PrecalculusMATH 151350
BiologyBIOL 101 or 151350
BiologyBIOL 151/152670
Financial AccountingACCT 203350
Information SystemsINFO 360350
Introductory Business LawBUSN 323350
Principles of ManagementMGMT 310350
Principles of MarketingMKTG 301350
Principles of MicroeconomicsECON 210350
Principles of MacroeconomicsECON 211350
College CompositionUNIV 111350

General regulations, equivalency list and optional essay requirements are subject to change as a review of the curriculum necessitates. Credit is awarded on the general examinations based on the recommendations of the Commission on Educational Credit and Credentials of the American Council on Education.

**Psychology and education majors should consult with their advisors before registering for this exam.


The following CLEP exams are not accepted by VCU (6/2020)
American Literature
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature
College Composition Modular
English Literature
Social Sciences and History
Natural Sciences

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