CLEP stands for College Level Examination Program.  CLEP Exams are offered by the College Board to give students an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge in academic subjects through a national, standardized exam. If you receive a score of at least 50 on a CLEP exam, you can send in your scores to be awarded academic credit.  

  1. Request your official CLEP scores to be sent from “My CLEP Account” on the College Board website to the Shasta College Admissions and Record Office, P.O. Box 496006 | Redding, CA 96049-6006
  2. Upon receipt of your official CLEP scores, the Admissions and Records Office will determine course/unit equivalencies according to the Shasta College CLEP Credit Matrix (see below), and post coursework and units to your Shasta College transcripts.
  3. Grades and Grade Points will not be assigned to CLEP Credit.
  4. If you haven’t yet taken any CLEP exams, are interested in doing so, but think you might want to refresh your knowledge in a particular subject, Modern States offers free, online courses that align with CLEP exams. 

Please note the following limitations with CLEP exams:

  • The University of California (UC) does not accept credit awarded through CLEP. 
  • The California State University (CSU) has its own CSU CLEP exam policy
  • Private colleges and out of state universities will have their own CLEP exam policies.  If you have specific colleges/universities you are interested in, please look at those institutions’ websites for more information. 

Please Note: If Shasta College awards Credit for Prior Learning coursework and units, they will be used to fulfill your Shasta College graduation requirements. This coursework and associated units will be added to your Shasta College transcript. Financial Aid cannot be used to pay for units earned through CPL.

If you plan to transfer to another institution, please be aware that every college/university has their own policies about Credit for Prior Learning. What was accepted at Shasta College may not be accepted at another institution.

If you are planning to transfer to a California State University, please know that according to CSU Systemwide policy, CSUs will accept coursework earned through CPL for ADT degrees (AST/AAT), and full or partial CSU GE and/or CSU-IGETC certification. If you experience any problem with a CSU accepting your CPL coursework, please reach out to Buffy Tanner, Director of Innovation and Special Projects, so she can intervene with the CSU System on your behalf.  

Credit through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

A student may submit official College Level Examination Program (CLEP) test results to Shasta College from the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB). Contact the CEEB for a testing center location (Shasta College is not a testing center). CEEB established the program to serve students who have a college-level education developed outside of the classroom (e.g. military experience/training). The following restrictions apply:

  • A scaled score of 50 or higher on a CLEP examination will earn credit for most exams. See chart below for exceptions. (For the older General Exams, a score of 500 or better will earn credit).
  • Units awarded for satisfactory completion of CLEP examinations will post as electives, except as noted by departmental policy referenced below.
  • Grades and grade points will not be assigned to CLEP units.
  • Units awarded through CLEP will not apply toward the 12-unit residency requirement for Shasta College.
  • The University of California (UC) does not currently accept credit awarded through CLEP.
  • Where considered by the appropriate department and division, CLEP Examinations may satisfy specific courses or a specific course prerequisite. Contact the appropriate department or Division to determine which, if any, of the examinations may satisfy specific courses or course prerequisites. Minimum scores for Shasta College course equivalencies, where established, may be obtained from Admissions and Records.
  • Contact the Admissions and Records Office or Counseling for more information.
  • Shasta College will grant credit for the following CLEP Subject Exams in accordance with the CSU system-wide policy:
    • College Algebra – Trigonometry/Passing Score: 50/3 semester units
    • Calculus/Passing Score: 50/3 semester units
    • Chemistry/Passing Score: 50/3 semester units
  • For CLEP tests in the same language other than English:
    • Only one exam score may be applied toward the CSU degree.
    • A passing score of 50 is considered “Level I” and earns six units of baccalaureate credit.
    • A passing score higher than 50 is considered “Level II” and earns additional units of credit and placement in Area C2 of GE Breadth.

All CSU campuses will accept the exams shown below toward fulfillment of the designated General Education-Breadth area if the examination is included in a full or subject-area certification. The CSU campus to which the student is transferring determines the total number of units awarded for successful completion of a CLEP examination and the applicability of the examination to other graduation requirements.

Please note that transfer institutions may not allow and/or may limit CLEP credit.

CLEP Exam Passing Score Equivalent Shasta College Course Min. Sem. Credits Earned Toward CSU Admssn* shasta college ge area CSU GE Area Removal Date for GE Breadth
American Government 50 POLS 2 3 Social/Behavioral Science D  
American Literature 50 ENGL 11A or ENGL 11B 3 Humanities C2  
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature 50 N/A 3 Humanities C2  
Biology 50 BIOL 10 3 Natural Sciences B2  
Calculus 50 MATH 3A 3 Language and Rationality B4  
Chemistry 50 N/A 3 Natural Sciences B1  
College Algebra 50 N/A 3 Language and Rationality B4  
College Algebra – Trigonometry 50 N/A 3 Language and Rationality B4  
College Composition 50 ENGL 1A♦♦ 0 Language and Rationality N/A  
College Composition – Modular 50 N/A 0 N/A N/A  
College Mathematics 50 N/A 0 N/A N/A  
English Composition (no essay) 50 N/A 0 N/A N/A  
English Composition with essay 50 N/A 0 N/A N/A  
English Literature 50 ENGL 13A or ENGL 13B 3 Humanties C2 F11**
Financial Accounting 50 ACCT 2 3 N/A N/A  
French Level I 50 N/A 6 N/A N/A  
French Level II 59 N/A 9 Humanities C2  
Freshman College Composition 50 N/A 0 N/A N/A  
German Level I 50 N/A 6 N/A N/A  
German Level II 60 N/A 9 Humanities C2  
History, United States I 50 HIST 17A 3 Social/Behavioral Science D + US-1  
History, United States II 50 HIST 17B 3 Social/Behavioral Science D + US-1  
Human Growth and Development 50 ECE 1 3 Social/Behavioral Science E  
Humanities 50 N/A 3 Humanities C2  
Information Systems and Computer Applications 50 N/A 3 N/A N/A  
Introduction to Educational Psychology 50 N/A 3 N/A N/A  
Introductory Business Law 50 BUAD 6 3 N/A N/A  
Introductory Psychology 50 PSYC 1A 3 Social/Behavioral Science D  
Introductory Sociology 50 SOC 1 3 Social/Behavioral Science D  
Natural Sciences 50 N/A 3 Natural Sciences B1 or B2  
Pre-Calculus 50 MATH 2 3 Language and Rationality B4  
Principles of Accounting 50 N/A 3 N/A N/A  
Principles of Macroeconomics 50 ECON 1B 3 Social/Behavioral Science D  
Principles of Management 50 BUAD 91 3 N/A N/A  
Principles of Marketing 50 BUAD 77 3 N/A N/A  
Principles of Microeconomics 50 ECON 1A 3 Social/Behavioral Science D  
Social Sciences and History 50 N/A 0 N/A N/A  
Spanish Level I 50 N/A 6 N/A N/A  
Spanish Level II 63 N/A 9 Humanities C2  
Trigonometry 50 N/A 3 3 B4 F06**
Western Civilization I 50 HIST 2 3 Humanities or Social/Behavioral Sciences C2 or D  
Western Civilization II 50 HIST 3 3 Social/Behavioral Sciences D  

* These units count toward eligibility for admission to CSU. The units may not apply towards Associate Degrees for Transfer (AD-T) or the baccalaureate degree. The units may not all apply toward certification of the corresponding GE-Breadth area. See Executive Orders 1036 and 1100 Revised for details.

** Students seeking certification in GE Breadth prior to transfer must have passed the test before this date.

♦♦ The CLEP-equivalent course at Shasta College course differs from what a CSU system school would award for CSU GE area credit. Check with a counselor for restrictions.

See Board Policy/Administrative Procedure 4235 for more information.

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