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Credit by exam

CLEP exams are a national program which allows incoming students to demonstrate mastery of certain introductory college-level material and earn credit toward a degree.

CLEP General Examinations

CLEP general examinations should be taken before a student enrolls in college and must be taken before completion of 15 semester credits of college work and before completion of any college course in the area that is being tested.

  • Credits from these examinations will be counted as fulfilling one experience within the Liberal Education Core listed. The Natural Science exam does not fulfill the lab science requirement for Liberal Education Core (LE-K1 or LE-K2).

For information about the exams and sample questions, consult the CLEP website:

Test Minimum Score Credits Allowed
Humanities 50 6 credits, LE-K3 (Humanities)
Natural Sciences 50 6 credits, LE-K1 (Natural Science)
Social Science-History 50 6 credits, LE-12 (Social Science) 

CLEP Subject Examinations

Course-equivalent exams should be taken before the student is enrolled in the equivalent course or in any higher-level course for which it is a prerequisite. With departmental permission, a student can take the test for a course in which s/he is enrolled, but this must be done before the end of the first week of classes. Business CLEP exams cannot be taken after the student has enrolled in a course within the same discipline.

  • Credit by exam cannot be used to repeat already attempted at or transferred to UWEC.
  • You must wait three months to retake a CLEP exam.
Exam Minimum Score Credits Granted
Analysis & Interpretation Literature 55 3 credits, English 150
Foreign Languages  



8 credits, French 101, 102

16 credits, French 101, 102, 201, 202




8 credits, German 101, 102

16 credits, German 101, 102, 201, 202

Spanish Language



8 credits, Spanish 101, 102

16 credits, Spanish 101, 102, 201, 202

Spanish with Writing



8 credits, Spanish 101, 102

16 credits, Spanish 101, 102, 201, 202

Social Sciences  
Human Growth & Development 50 3 credits, Psychology 230
Introduction to Educational Psychology 50 3 credits, Psychology 260
Introductory Psychology 50 3 credits, Psychology 100
Introductory Sociology 59 3 credits, Sociology 101
Principles of Macroeconomics 50 3 credits, Economics 104
Principles of Microeconomics 50 3 credits, Economics 103
Science & Mathematics  
Chemistry 62 3 credits, LE-K1 (Natural Science)
4 credits, Chemistry lab science may be granted upon successful completion of lab practical examination
College Algebra 63 4 credits, Math 109
Precalculus 61 4 credits, Math 112
Calculus 61 4 credits, Math 114
Financial Accounting 65 3 credits, Upper Division Elective
Information Systems & Computer Applications 66 3 credits, Upper Division Elective
Principles of Marketing 65 3 credits, Upper Division Elective
Principles of Management 63 3 credits, Upper Division Elective
Introductory Business Law 57 3 credits, Upper Division Elective
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