Credit by College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

This computer-based program may be used for granting college credits to those who demonstrate proficiency in specific subjects. The following are guidelines for accepting credit:

  1. Credits earned by CLEP are granted to enrolled students. Such credits may be counted toward degrees but count as transfer credit: i.e., they may not be included in the residency requirements for graduation.
  2. The CLEP General Examination for the English Composition with essay will be accepted in lieu of ENG 101. The primary use of the remaining tests will be placement, guiding a student into a particular field and assessing the student’s general background in these areas.
  3. College of Saint Mary accepts the ACE recommended score to award elective credit for CLEP tests, however it is at the discretion of each department to determine the score required to meet a program requirement or additional requirements such as essay parts of tests or laboratory experiences. Students fulfilling additional requirements will be subject to regular charges. Regular tuition will be charged for a one-hour lab requirement.
  4. The College will use the CLEP recommendation for the number of credit hours accepted, except where additional requirements are made (see 3 above).
    No grades or quality points will be assigned to CLEP credits.
  5. A student may not receive credit through CLEP for a course that is a prerequisite for a course already taken or for an equivalent college course already taken.