CLEP Testing – Gaining College Credit Early

CLEP Test Books

Clep-Test-BooksGod has provided so many amazing opportunities for education and career progression! One neat way is through a program called College Level Examination Program (CLEP), which is a way to earn college credit by taking a TEST.

CLEP tests are offered by the same organization that implements the SAT test. They are generally 90-minute long, multiple-choice tests that you can take at MTSU (and many other locations around the world). These tests apply and are recognized at colleges around the United States and give you college-level credit for the course. You can send your score to whatever institutions you choose (for instance, if you take the test in Michigan, you can also use it in Tennessee).

The potential “catch” in this process is that not every college accepts the exact same CLEP tests. In other words, their standards vary…and CLEP tests are not all accepted at all universities. MTSU (Middle Tennessee State University – in Murfreesboro – close to the Nashville area) has a list of several courses that they give CLEP credit for. You will see a long list of those below. Many of these courses apply to the “General Education” hours that ALL students need in order to graduate – no matter what “Major” you select. I am copying the list of CLEP tests and equivalency that MTSU accepts along with the General Education requirements for ther university. If you are attending anywhere else, you will need to check that school’s requirements.

Typically, you only need to make a “C” or better on the test (which generally means a 50 on their scoring scale), and it does not matter if you make 100 percent or 70 percent – you get the same credit with either score. You also get the same credit in college as you would if you took an AP class and test at the high school…only the CLEP tests tend to be a good bit easier and are offered year-round.

It costs about 110 dollars to take a CLEP test. You will need to prepare using some type of “test prep” book geared towards that test. In some cases, the test prep book alone may be enough, but in other cases (like chemistry and biology for instance), you will need to use additional study materials to prepare. We have found the REA test guides to be helpful. The Brentwood Library (here in Brentwood, Tennessee) also offers FREE CLEP test prep and practice tests through their online resources for library card holders. We also have used and a variety of online resources to study and review for these tests. Check out this long list of CLEP test opportunities that exist at MTSU. This will give you a good idea of what is possible. Praise GOD for this ability to explore these great options for your children to gain college credit early!

CLEPCLEP website:

MTSU CLEP acceptance ( – scroll to the bottom for a list)

MTSU General Education Hours –

American Government 3 Political Science 1005
American History I: Early Col. to 1877 3 History 2010
American History II: 1865 to Present 3 History 2020
Western Civ. I: Ancient Near East to 1648 3 History 1010
Western Civ. II: 1648 to Present 3 History 1020
Analysis & Interp. of Literature (Essay) 3 English 2030
Pre-calculus 4 Mathematics 1730
Calculus 4 Mathematics 1910
College Algebra 3 Mathematics 1710
College Mathematics 3 College Mathematics 1010
Biology 4 Biology 1030/1031
Chemistry 8 Chemistry 1110/1111, 1120/1121
Principles of Management 3 Management 3610
Financial Accounting 3 Accounting 2110
Introductory Business Law 3 Commercial Law 3430
Principles of Macroeconomics 3 Economics 2410
Principles of Microeconomics 3 Economics 2420
Introductory Psychology 3 Psychology 1410
Introductory Sociology 3 Sociology 1010
Principles of Marketing 3 Marketing 3820



There are 3 required courses: 3 hours in Oral Presentational Communication and 6 hours in English Composition
COMM 2200 Fundamentals of Communication
ENGL 1010 Expository Writing
ENGL 1020 Research & Argumentative Writing
HISTORY (6 hours)
HIST 2010 Survey of US History I
HIST 2020 Survey of US History II
HIST 2030 Tennessee History
HUMANITIES and/or FINE ARTS (9 hours) 
One course must be in Literature; in order to insure breadth of knowledge, the two other courses selected must be with different rubric prefixes.
ANTH 2210 Introduction to World Prehistory
ART 1030 Art Appreciation
ART 1920 Survey of Western Art I
DANC 1000 Dance Appreciation
ENGL 2020 Themes in Literature and Culture
ENGL 2030 The Experience of Literature
HIST 1010 Survey Western Civilization I
HIST 1020 Survey Western Civilization II
HIST 1110 Survey World Civilization I
HIST 1120 Survey World Civilization II
HUM 2610 Foreign Literature in Translation
MUS 1030 Introduction to Music
PHIL 1030 Introduction to Philosophy
THEA 1030 Theatre Appreciation
MATHEMATICS (3 hours) 
A 4 hour course would be 3 hours General Education and 1 hour toward degree requirements
MATH 1010 Mathematics for General Studies
MATH 1530 Applied Statistics
MATH 1630 College Mathematics for Managerial, Life, and Social Sciences
MATH 1710 College Algebra
MATH 1720 Plane Trigonometry
MATH 1730 Pre-Calculus
MATH 1810 Applied Calculus I
MATH 1910 Calculus I
3 hour class/1 hour lab 
Two different non-sequential courses must be selected for natural-science credit and must be with different rubric prefixes; at most only the first semester of any two-semester discipline-specific sequence may count for General Education natural-science credit.
ASTR 1030/1031 Exploring the Universe
BIOL 1030/1031 Exploring Life
BIOL 1110/1111 General Biology
BIOL 2010/2011 Human Anatomy & Physiology I
BIOL 2020/2021 Human Anatomy & Physiology II
CHEM 1010/1011 Introductory General Chemistry
CHEM 1030/1031 Chemistry for Consumers
CHEM 1110/1111 General Chemistry I
GEOL 1030/1031 Introduction to Earth Science
GEOL 1040/1041 Physical Geology
PHYS 1110 Discovering Physics
PHYS 2010/2011 Non-Calculus-Based Physics I
PHYS 2110/2111 Calculus-Based Physics I
PSCI 1030/1031 Topics in Physical Science
PSCI 1130/1131 Comtemporary Issues in Science
The two courses selected must be with different rubric prefixes.
AAS 2100 Introduction to African-American Studies
ANTH 2010 Cultural Anthropology
ECON 2410 Principles of Economics, Macroeconomics
GEOG 2000 Introduction to Regional Geography
GS 2010 Introduction to Cross-Cultural Experiences
HLTH 1530/1531 Health and Wellness
JOUR/EMC/RI 1020 American Media and Social Institutions
PS 1005 Introduction to American Politics (prev. Amer. Govt. & Politics)
PS 1010 Introduction to Global Politics (prev. Foundations of Govt.)
RS 2030 Religion and Society
PSY 1410 General Psychology
SOC 1010 Introductory Sociology
SOC 2010 Social Problems
WGST 2100 Introduction to Women’s Studies




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