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College Level Examination Program (CLEP)Passing ScoreMinimum Semester Credits Earned1Semester Credits Toward GE Breadth CertificationAmerican Institutions and/or GE Breadth Area2Removal Date for GE Breadth3CLEP American Government5033D8CLEP American Literature5033C2CLEP Analyzing and Interpreting Literature5033C2CLEP Biology5033B2CLEP Calculus5033B4CLEP Chemistry503​​3B1​CLEP College Algebra5033B4CLEP College Algebra – Trigonometry5033B4CLEP College Composition5000n/aCLEP College Composition – Modular5000n/aCLEP College Mathematics5000n/aCLEP English Composition (no essay)5000n/aCLEP English Composition with Essay5000n/aCLEP English Literature5033C2F11CLEP Financial Accounting5030n/aCLEP French7 Level I5060n/aCLEP French7 Level II59123C2F15CLEP French7 Level II5993C2CLEP Freshman College Composition5000n/aCLEP German7 Level I5060n/aCLEP German7 Level II60123C2F15CLEP German7 Level II6093C2CLEP History, United States I5033D6+US-1CLEP History, United States II5033D6+US-1CLEP Human Growth and Development5033ECLEP Humanities5033C2CLEP Information Systems and Computer Applications5030n/aCLEP Introduction to Educational Psychology5030n/aCLEP Introductory Business Law5030n/aCLEP Introductory Psychology5033D9CLEP Introductory Sociology5033D0CLEP Natural Sciences5033B1 or B2CLEP Pre-Calculus5033B4CLEP Principles of Accounting5030n/aCLEP Principles of Macroeconomics5033D2CLEP Principles of Management5030n/aCLEP Principles of Marketing5030n/aCLEP Principles of Microeconomics5033D2CLEP Social Sciences and History5000n/aCLEP Spanish7 Level I5060n/aCLEP Spanish7 Level II63123C2F15CLEP Spanish7 Level II6393C2​CLEP Spanish with Writing I7
​​CLEP Spanish with Writing II7
​CLEP Trigonometry
5033B4F06CLEP Western Civilization I5033C2 or D6CLEP Western Civilization II5033D6

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1These units count toward eligibility for admission. The units may not all apply toward certificati​on of the corresponding GE-Breadth area. See Executive Orders 1036 and 1100 for details.

2Areas of GE Breadth (A1 through E) are defined in EO 1100. Areas of American Institutions (US-1 through US-3) are set forth in Sections IA and IB of EO 1061, and at​.

3Students seeking certification in GE Breadth prior to transfer must have passed the test before this date.

4If a student passes more than one AP exam in calculus or computer science, only one exa​​mination may be applied to the baccalaureate.

5Students who pass AP Environmental Science earn 4 units of credit. Tests prior to Fall 2009 may apply to either B1+B3 or B2+B3 of GE Breadth. Fall of 2009 or later, those credits may only apply to B1+B3.

6If a student passes more than one AP exam in physics, only six units of credit may be applied to the baccalaureate, and only four units of credit may be applied to a certification in GE Breadth.​

7If a student passes more than one CLEP test in the same language other than English (e.g., two exams in French), then only one examination may be applied to the baccalaureate. For each test in a language other than English, a passing score of 50 is considered “Level I” and earns six units of baccalaureate credit; the higher score listed for each test is considered “Level II” and earns additional units of credit and placement in Area C2 of GE Breadth, as noted.