CLEP Applicants

A person making application for the fall term as a "special" (CLEP) student must satisfy the admission requirement by taking and passing the CLEP examination before the 1st year courses begin in late August.  Upon passing the examination the student's status is changed to a regular student.

Informational Links To:

State Bar of California's Policy Regarding CLEP

College Board's Recommended Credit-Granting Scores And Semester Hours For CLEP Exams

Exam Descriptions    

How Exams Are Scored

College Board's  Information Brochure

Registration Form

Sending CLEP Test Scores

Search CLEP Test Centers

Free Practice Tests

 

REQUIRED SUBJECT

EXAM

SUBJECT HOURS

Composition and Literature

EITHER College Composition**,
or College Composition Modular**
Description of College Composition Exams

6 semester hours

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Two other examinations, each designed to correspond to full-year courses (6 semester hours each)

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four other examinations, each designed to correspond to semester courses (3 semester hours each)

OR A COMBINATION OF

One other examination, each designed to correspond to full-year courses (6 semester hours each)

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two other examinations, each designed to correspond to semester courses (3 semester hours each).

Examinations can be selected from any of the following subjects:

Please Note:

A 3 semester hour exam is 90 minutes long, a 6 semester hour exam is 90 minutes long.

SUBJECT

EXAM

SUBJECT HOURS

Composition and Literature

(full-year course)

6 semester hour exams to choose from:

Humanities examination only

6 semester hours each

6 semester hours

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Foreign Languages (any 1 exam)

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French Level I

German Level I

Spanish Level I

6 semester hours

6 semester hours

6 semester hours

History and Social Sciences

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Social Sciences and History

3 semester hours exams to choose from:

American Government

History of the United States I: Early Colonization to 1877

History of the United States II: 1865 to Present

Human Growth and Development

Introduction to Educational Psychology

Introductory Psychology

Introductory Sociology

Principles of Macroeconomics

Principles of Microeconomics

Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648

Western Civilization II: 1648 to Present

6 semester hours

3 semester hours each

3 semester hours

3 semester hours

3 semester hours

3 semester hours

3 semester hours

3 semester hours

3 semester hours

3 semester hours

3 semester hours

3 semester hours

3 semester hours

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Sciences and Mathematics

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6 semester hour exams to choose from:

Biology

Chemistry

College Mathematics

Natural Sciences

3 semester hour exams to choose from:

Calculus

College Algebra

Pre-calculus

6 semester hours each

6 semester hours

6 semester hours

6 semester hours

6 semester hours

3 semester hours each

3 semester hours

3 semester hours

3 semester hours

Business

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3 semester hour exams to choose from:

Financial Accounting

Information Systems and Computer Applications

Introductory Business Law

Principles of Management

Principles of Marketing

3 semester hours each

3 semester hours

3 semester hours

3 semester hours

3 semester hours

3 semester hours

Effective July 1, 2001 the credit granting score for each examination is 50 or higher.  The total scaled scores fall between 20 and 80; the maximum total credits granted is 60 for successful performance on CLEP examinations.  The credit granting score is based upon the minimum score for awarding credit recommended by the American Council on Education.

**On July 1, 2010, CLEP introduced two new exams-College Composition and College Composition Modular. These exams replaced English Composition and English Composition with Essay, which have been discontinued:

English Composition has been replaced by College Composition Modular.

English Composition with Essay has been replaced by College Composition

Description of College Composition and College Composition Modular examinations

Recognition of Passing Scores - The Committee of Bar Examiners recognize the passing score of an exam based on the date the exam was taken and the passing score required at that time, even if all required exams have yet to be passed.

There are books that may be purchased at book stores on how to prepare for the CLEP.  The following are books geared toward the Full-Year Exam Subjects of English Composition, Humanities, Social Sciences and History, Natural Sciences, and Mathematics.  Each book costs around $25.

CLEP Official Study Guide by the College Board

Cracking the CLEP by The Princeton Review

   Barron's CLEP (also available w/CD ROM) by Barron's Educational Series 

The Best Test Preparation for CLEP: General Exams, by Research & Education Association

Master the CLEP by ARCO.

Although the exams are offered on a year-round basis, some test centers do not administer the exam during the summer months of June and July.  Check with the test center for its schedule.

It is recommended that a person apply to take the CLEP as soon as possible so that score results are received before classes begin in late August, early September.

The exam must have been passed and the scores must be on file in the office before the beginning of Fall semester 1st year courses.

Repeating Examinations

You may not repeat an examination within 180 days of the testing date.  If you retake the examination within the 180-day period, the administration will be considered invalid, the score will be canceled, and any test fees will be forfeited.

Score Recipient

Applicants must request that official score reports be sent by CLEP to California Southern Law School, 3775 Elizabeth Street, Riverside CA 92506-2508.   The College Board Code number for the law school is 3937.  Visit this College Board webpage on Sending CLEP Test Scores.

Exam Descriptions - Full-Year Subjects and Semester Subjects - Visit this College Board webpage for their link to Exam Descriptions of any of the above CLEP Examination subjects.

CLEP Scoring - Visit this College Board webpage for a discussion on How Exams Are Scored.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA CLEP TESTING CENTERS

The test centers listed below are open test centers (open to all persons) rather than limited test centers (open to the school's enrolled/admitted students only).  A person must phone one of these open test centers to inquire as to what months examinations are given at that test center, and how many examinations a person may take per test date. The cost for each exam is approximately $80.00. You should inquire whether the test center requires a fee to secure a testing appointment.  La Sierra requires a non-refundable scheduling and proctoring fee of $50 during registration.  You should also verify that the test center is still an open test center.  Visit this College Board webpage to search for open CLEP Test Centers in your area not listed below.

BAKERSFIELD

Office Supervisor

Bakersfield College (code # - 4015)

1801 Panorama Drive

Bakersfield CA 93305

Telephone: 661-395-4468

RIVERSIDE

Associate Director

La Sierra University (code # - 4380)

4500 Riverwalk Parkway

Riverside CA 92515

Telephone: 951-785-2453

FULLERTON

Testing Coordinator

Fullerton College (code # - 4314)

321 East Chapman Ave.

Fullerton CA 92832

Telephone: 714-992-7485

SANTA CLARITA

CLEP Testing

The Masters College & Seminary (code# - 4411)

21726 Placerita Canyon Road

Santa Clarita CA 91321

Telephone: 661-259-3540

RIDGECREST

Departmental Assistant II

Cerro Coso Community College (code# - 4027)

3000 College Heights Blvd.

Ridgecrest CA 93555

Telephone: 760-384-6161

WHITTIER

Testing Technician

Rio Hondo College (code# - 4663)

3600 Workman Mill Road

Assessment Center

Whittier CA 90601

Telephone: 562-692-0921, Ext 3247