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College Level Examination Program

CSSE / Advising is responsible for advising about the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). Through this credit by examination program students are able to receive college credit for prior knowledge that can be applied to core and department requirements or elective credit. The College Level Examination Program, sponsored by the College Entrance Examination Board, provides standardized tests across a diverse array of college-level courses.  For each CLEP examination that awards 3 or 6 credits, MCLA requires a minimum score of 50, representing the mean test score of students who earn a C in the corresponding college level course.  For students seeking 12 credits in foreign language, the following scores are required.  French 62, German 63, Spanish 66.  For a complete list of the exams and each exam description, visit

Students pursuing a degree at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts who wish to obtain CLEP credit must earn the following scores:

Pass any of these 90-minute CLEP Examinations and show your college that you know your stuff:

  • Algebra, College
  • American Government
  • American Literature
  • Analyzing and Interpreting Literature
  • Biology
  • Business Law, Introductory
  • Calculus
  • Chemistry
  • College Composition
  • College Composition Modular
  • Educational Psychology, Introduction to
  • English Literature
  • Financial Accounting
  • French Language
  • German Language
  • History of the United States I: Early Colonization to 1877
  • History of the United States II: 1865 to the President
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Humanities
  • Information Systems and Computer Applications
  • Macroeconomics, Principles of
  • Management, Principles of
  • Marketing, Principles of
  • Mathematics, College
  • Microeconomics, Principles of
  • Natural Sciences
  • Precalculus
  • Psychology, Introductory
  • Social Sciences and History
  • Sociology, Introductory
  • Spanish Language
  • Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648
  • Western Civilization II: 1648 to the Present


CLEP Tests/Credit Level Equivalent @ MCLA

As College Board would say:

Get credit for what you already know, shorten the time it takes to earn a degree, save tuition dollars, place out of a graduation requirement or an introductory course.



Students who would like more information should stop by CSSE / Advising, Eldridge Hall, top floor.