College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

 

Eligibility

Before deciding to take any of the CLEP exams, please carefully read the following information.  Refer to the chart on reverse side for scores, credit, GENERAL EDUCA­TION and University course equivalent information.  For additional credit and require­ment details, contact a transfer counselor in the Undergraduate Admissions Office, Mather Building, at (413) 545-0222.

 

CLEP Score Reports

CLEP score reports should be forwarded to the Records Office, 213 Whitmore, University of Massa­chusetts Amherst (Code #3917).

 

Credit and Degree Requirement Guidelines

  1. University Freshmen/Sophomores who have completed most of their GENERAL EDUCATION requirements are not eligible to take the General exams.
     
  2.  Juniors/Seniors may take Subject exams only.
     
  3. Students who have taken upper level courses in Science and/or Math may not earn credit by CLEP exams for lower level (pre-requisite) courses.
     
  4. No credit is awarded for CLEP exams when a comparable college course has been completed and passing grade earned; i.e., grades of 'D' or 'Pass' or other such designations.
     
  5. Credit awarded through CLEP and other non-University achievement or place­ment examina­tions is TRANSFER CREDIT, not 'residence' credit.
     
  6. No credit is awarded for:
  • Foreign language CLEP exam or professional subject matter areas
  • General Math CLEP exam

The University of Massachusetts administers its own Placement Tests for Foreign Language, and College Math, as well as its own Nursing Challenge Exam.

**IMPORTANT**  Seniors taking the CLEP exams must file a "Senior Prior Approv­al" form with the Undergraduate Records Office. ***

 

College Level Examination Program (CLEP) Tests (DANTES/DSST)

Score levels and credits awarded are based on College Board and/or University department recommendations.

General Exams Score Credit GenEd UMass Equivalent
College Composition 63 3 CW ENGLWRIT 112
College Composition Modular -- No Credit -- --
English Composition (with Essay) 63 3 CW ENGLWRIT 112
Humanities (Fine Arts + Literature) 50 3+3 AT+AL No equivalent 
College Math -- No Credit -- --
Natural Science (Biology + Physical) 50 3+3 BS+PS No equivalent (non-lab)
Social Science (Soc/Behav + History) 50 3+3 SB+HS No equivalent

 

Subject Exams:

Subject Exams Score Credit GenEd UMass Equivalent
Accounting, Principles 50 6 -- No equivalent
Algebra, College 50 2 R1 MATH 102
Algebra/Trigonometry, College 50 3 R1 MATH 102, MATH 103
American Government 50 4 SB POLISCI 101
American Literature 50 3+3 AL, AL ENGLISH electives
Analyzing & Interpreting Literature 50 3+3 AL, AL ENGLISH electives
Biology, General 50 3+3 BS, BS BIOLOGY electives
Business Law, Introductory 50 3 -- No equivalent
Calculus with Elementary Functions 50 3+3 R2, R2 MATH 127, MATH 128
Chemistry, General 50 3+4 PS, PS CHEM 101, CHEM 102
Educational Psychology, Introductory 50 3 -- PSYCH 305
English Literature 50 3+3 AL, AL ENGLISH electives
Financial Accounting 50 6   No equivalent
French, College-Level 1 & 2 -- No Credit -- --
Freshman College Composition -- No Credit -- --
German, College-Level 1 & 2 -- No Credit -- --
History of the United States 1 50 4 HS HISTORY 150
History of the United States 2 50 4 HS HISTORY 151
Human Growth & Development 50 3 SB PSYCH 350
Info Systems & Computer Applications 50 3 -- No equivalent
Macroeconomics, Principles of 50 4 SB ECON 104
Microeconomics, Principles of 50 4 SB ECON 103
Management, Principles of 50 3 -- No equivalent
Marketing, Principles of 50 3 -- No equivalent
Precalculus 50 3 R1 MATH 104
Psychology, Introductory 50 4 SB PSYCH 100
Sociology, Introductory 50 3 SB SOCIOL elective
Spanish, College-Level 1 & 2 -- No Credit -- --  
Trigonometry -- No Credit -- --
Western Civilization 1  50 4 HS HISTORY 100
Western Civilization 2 50 4 HS HISTORY 101