College Level Examination Program (CLEP) Policy Information

student taking notesThis testing program gives individuals the chance to earn college credit by examination in a variety of areas of study. There are two types of tests offered—general examinations and subject examinations. Interested students are encouraged to check with a WMU advisor before making testing plans.

CLEP credit cannot be transferred from another institution. CLEP scores for exams taken at previous institutions are evaluated only after WMU receives official CLEP score reports from the College Board. WMU’s college code for student score report requests to CLEP is 1902.  In reference to CLEP credit granted by Western Michigan University and the University's graduation requirements, CLEP credit is not applicable to the required hours completed at an accredited four-year, degree-granting institution. In addition, ten of the last thirty hours must be taken through WMU. CLEP may not be used to satisfy any of the minimum requirements.

CLEP Subject Examinations

Western awards credit for the following CLEP subject examinations listed below. The required score for credit is a minimum of 50 on each exam. Students cannot qualify for credit if they have already received college credit for an equivalent below. The equivalents shown are subject to change without notice.

ExamRequired Minimum ScoreWMU EquivalentCredit
Algebra, College 50 MATH 1100, 1110 6 sem. hrs.
American Government 50 PSCI 2000 3 sem. hrs.
Biology, General 50 BIOS 1050, 1120* 6 sem. hrs.
Calculus 50 - 59 MATH 2000 4 sem. hrs.
60 or higher MATH 1220 4 sem. hrs.
Chemistry 50 CHEM 1100, 1110 4 sem. hrs.
French 50 - 55 FREN 1000 4 sem. hrs.
56 - 62 FREN 1000 and 1010 8 sem. hrs.
63 - 67 FREN 1000, 1010, and 2000 12 sem. hrs.
68 - 80 FREN 1000, 1010, 2000, and 2010 16 sem. hrs.
History of the United States I 50 HIST 2100 3 sem. hrs.
History of the United States II 50 HIST 2110 3 sem. hrs.
Precalculus 60 MATH 1180 4 sem. hrs.
Principles of Macroeconomics 50 ECON 2020 3 sem. hrs.
Principles of Microeconomics 50 ECON 2010 3 sem. hrs.
Psychology, Introductory 50 PSY 1000 3 sem. hrs.
Sociology, Introductory 50 SOC 2000 3 sem. hrs.
Spanish 50 - 55 SPAN 1000 4 sem. hrs.
56 - 62 SPAN 1000 and 1010 8 sem. hrs.
63 - 67 SPAN 1000, 1010, and 2000 12 sem. hrs.
68 - 80 SPAN 1000, 1010, 2000, and 2010 16 sem. hrs.
Western Civilization I 50 HIST 1000 3 sem. hrs.
Western Civilization II 50 HIST 1010 3 sem. hrs.

*Lab credit is not granted. 


Students may take the general CLEP examinations only before completing twenty-four credit hours after entering or re-entering WMU. Students who have already received credit for a college writing class or a college mathematics class cannot receive CLEP credit for those areas. Students who have completed a WMU course or transfer equivalent that applies to the General Education Distribution Areas of Fine Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences or Natural Sciences cannot receive credit for the corresponding CLEP credit. 

ExamRequired Minimum ScoreWMU EquivalentCredit
Humanities 50 Area I Gen Ed
(Fine Arts)
3 sem. hrs.
Social Sciences and History 50 Area V Gen Ed
(Social and Behavioral Sciences)
6 sem. hrs.
College Composition 50 Proficiency 1 Gen Ed
(ENGL 1050)
3 sem. hrs.
Natural Sciences 50 Area VI Gen Ed*
(Natural Sciences) 
3 sem. hrs.
College Mathematics 50 Proficiency 3 Gen Ed
3 sem. hrs.

* Does not satisfy lab requirement for Area VI.

Questions about CLEP policy may be directed to the Office of Admissions at (269) 387-2000.