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The College-Level Examination Program of the College Board

The University cooperates with the College Board in this program, referred to as CLEP. Credit may be awarded for the CLEP examinations depending upon the score earned on the examination and other factors as indicated in the following paragraphs.

An undergraduate student who is a candidate for a degree at the University and who has earned a score equivalent to the fiftieth percentile or higher for performance on a CLEP examination, taken before or after admission to degree candidacy, may receive credit as indicated in the schedule of credits listed below. The student's University record will carry notation of credit, but no grade will be awarded.

Limitations of credit earned through the CLEP examinations are as follows:

  1. Degree programs determine whether the credits earned may be used to meet degree requirements.
  2. A student who has earned credit for a particular course through CLEP examinations may elect to take the same course at Penn State (unless restricted by placement policies of the unit offering the course), but the duplicate credit cannot be used to meet any additional degree requirements.  However, the grade earned in the Penn State course will count towards the student’s grade point average.
  3. Credit(s) will be posted to the student’s record but will not appear on the student’s official transcript until the student has completed a credit-bearing course at Penn State.
  4. The total number of credits that may be awarded from CLEP examinations is limited to 60 credits

General credit may be awarded for a CLEP examination covering material that is not the substantial equivalent of material covered in a specific University course. General credits may be used to fulfill degree requirements in any area; their use is not necessarily limited to General Education or elective requirements. General credits are applied to a student's program of study in accordance with the procedure established by the college or school of enrollment. Information about the use of general credits or specific course credits earned by CLEP examinations in individual programs of study can be obtained from a student's academic adviser or from the office of the dean of a student's college or school.

Undergraduate students interested in receiving credit for CLEP examinations should arrange for their official score reports to be sent directly from Educational Testing Service (ETS) to the Undergraduate Admissions Office, The Pennsylvania State University, 201 Shields Building, Box 3000, University Park, PA 16804-3000, which is responsible for evaluating such reports and awarding credit.

The schedule of credit awarded for CLEP examinations may be revised as a result of periodic review by the faculty.

Current information about CLEP credit awarded by Penn State can be obtained from the Undergraduate Admissions Office, The Pennsylvania State University, 201 Shields Building, Box 3000, University Park, PA 16804-3000; 814-865-5471. The schedule of credit awarded for CLEP examinations also can be obtained from the Undergraduate Admissions Office on the web: College-Level Examination Placement. (Opens New Window)


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