The College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is a series of standardized examinations recognized by many colleges and universities. Successful completion of these tests enables students to receive credit for courses for which they have gained commensurate knowledge. Currently, Kentucky State University awards semester credit hours for 21 University courses through CLEP examinations.

The CLEP exams are given at the University by appointment. Students should consult with their Academic Advisor before selecting and purchasing CLEP exams to ensure its acceptance for the major and course required. Once the appropriate test is confirmed and approved by the Advisor, students should register for the appropriate CLEP examination  the semester before enrolling in the corresponding Kentucky State University course. If unsuccessful on the CLEP exam, students can register for the course during the next semester.

Appointments for CLEP exams should be completed with the University’s Testing Services after you have registered with the CLEP College Board. For most of the CLEP examinations, Kentucky State University uses the minimum passing score on the objective portions recommended by the Commission on Educational Credit of the American Council on Education. The scores below are effective fall of 2011 and will be retroactive for students who are currently enrolled at Kentucky State University.

More information, including the current fees, is available at the University’s Testing Services. The University courses for which CLEP credit is given, as well as the appropriate CLEP examination for each minimum score required to receive University credit, are the following:


ExaminationMinimum ScoreKSU CourseCredit Hours
American Literature50ENG 324 or ENG 3253
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature50ENG 211 or ENG 2153
College Composition (with Essay)50ENG 1013
College Composition (Modular)50ENG 1013
English Literature 50ENG 322 or ENG 3233
Humanities50PHI 2003
French Languages (Level 1)50FRE 101, FRE 102 6
German Languages (Level 1)50Elective 6
Spanish Languages (Level 1)50SPA 101, SPA 1026
American Government50POS 1013
Human Growth and Development50EDU 2213
Introductory Psychology50PSY 2003
Introductory Sociology50SOC 2033
Principles of Macroeconomics50ECO 2023
Principles of Microeconomics50ECO 2013
Social Sciences and History 50Elective 3
History of the U.S. I: Colonies to 187750HIS 201 3
History of the U.S. II: 1865 to Present50HIS 2023
Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East - 164850HIS 1013
Western Civilization II: 1648 to the Present50HIS 1023
Biology50BIO 1013
Biology 50BIO 1114
Calculus50MAT 1315
Chemistry 50CHE 101, CHE 1104
College Algebra50MAT 1153
College Mathematics50MAT 1113
Natural Sciences50BIO 1033
Pre-Calculus50MAT 1204
Financial Accounting50ACC 2013
Business Law50BUA 3213
Information Systems and Computer Applications50COS 1003
Macroeconomics50ECO 2023
Principles of Management50MGT 3013
Principles of Marketing50MKT 3013