The following policy regarding CLEP (College Level Examination Program), having been adopted by the University previously and, with current review completed, was approved November 2018. Any deviation in policy must be with the approval of the Registrar's Office.

At a May 1972 meeting, the Faculty approved the policy of giving credit for Subject Examinations of the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). As a part of the approval, it was noted that some examinations are not acceptable for Bucknell credit; only those exams listed below can earn credit.

CLEP exams are not intended to test a student’s mastery of a subject based on material already learned elsewhere; rather, the intent is to study and learn new material on which to be tested to earn college credit in place of taking a college course for credit. Credit will not be granted for uses of CLEP that violate the intent described above.

A maximum of six BU course credits may be earned from credit granted for achievement on comparable CLEP subject examinations, credit by examination and/or nontraditional study courses.

Credit for CLEP examinations will not be granted when an individual has previously received credit for the same subject material by any of the following means:

  • transfer credit through course completion at another college/university
  • through Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate (IB)/General Certificate of Education (GCE)/A-Level credit
  • through previously completed Bucknell coursework

CLEP may not be taken in the same subject as the student’s major. Many departments have limits on the number of 100 level courses a student may complete; credit will not be granted when the CLEP examination would exceed the established academic department limit. Use of a CLEP transfer credit to fulfill requirements of a major will only occur with the consent of the department chair.

Credits from CLEP cannot be used to satisfy the following College Core Curriculum requirements: Learning Goals, Intellectual Skills or Tools for Critical Engagement.

Bucknell students (current or returning) must complete the Permission for College Level Examination Program Form, available from the student’s Academic Dean, and have the necessary approval before scheduling any CLEP examination. This is to ensure individuals do not complete an examination for which credit could not be earned. Failure to do so may result in the inability to transfer the credit.

Bucknell will grant course credit for CLEP Subject Examinations as noted herein. Course credit will be awarded in the form of a direct course equivalent where indicated and in the form of departmental "1TR" credit, i.e. ENGL 1TR for the American Literature exam.

The American Council on Education (ACE) recommends a credit-granting score of 50 for each CLEP examination. This is a scaled score, equivalent to earning a C (C-Level Recommendation) in the relevant course. The same group of faculty that developed the ACE standard also established a scaled score that is equivalent to a grade of a B (B-Level Recommendation). During an April 1987 review of CLEP, the university adopted the following change in policy on the acceptable minimum granting score for BU acceptance of credit:

"Bucknell course credit will be given for CLEP Subject Examinations, if approved by the department, at the 80th percentile or above."

Qualifying minimum scores consistent with this criterion are provided below. One credit is given for each exam. For foreign language CLEP, one credit is given for a score received between level 1 and level 2; two credits are given for a score at level 2 or above. See Note 1 for more information about foreign language CLEP.

CLEP Exams - Minimum Credit Granting Score - Bucknell University

Exam Minimum Grade for Credit BU Credit* Awarded No Credit if Credit Already Received for:
American Governance 58 POLS 1TR POLS 1AP
POLS 140
American Literature 58 ENGL 1TR ENGL 1AP (Lit)
Biology 59 BIOL 1TR
(no lab)
BIOL 1AP
Calculus 64 MATH 201 MATH 201
Chemistry 59 CHEM 1TR
(no lab)
CHEM 1AP
College Composition 59 ENGL 1TR ENGL 1AP (Comp)
College French-
Level 1
50 FREN 1TR*
(See Note 1)
FREN 1AP
FREN 101
College French-
Level 2
58 FREN 1TR*
(See Note 1)
Above FREN 101
College German-
Level 1
50 GRMN 1TR*
(See Note 1)
GRMN 1AP
GRMN 101
College German-
Level 2
63 GRMN 1TR*
(See Note 1)
Above GRMN 101
College Spanish-
Level 1
54 SPAN 1TR*
(See Note 1)
SPAN 1AP
SPAN 101
College Spanish-
Level 2
63 SPAN 1TR*
(See Note 1)
Above SPAN 101
English Literature 59 ENGL 1TR
Financial Accounting 59 MGMT 2TR
History of the United
States-I
58 HIST 1TR HIST 1AP (American)
History of the United
States-II
58 HIST 1TR HIST 1AP (American)
Human Growth and
Development
59 PSYC 207 PSYC 207
Information Systems and
Computer Applications
59 MGMT 1TR
Introductory
Business Law
61 ACFM 201 ACFM 201
Introductory
Education Psychology
59 EDUC 201 EDUC 201
Introductory Psychology 59 PSYC 100 PSYC 100
Principles of
Macroeconomics
54 ECON 1TR
(See Note 2)
ECON 1AP (Macro)
ECON 103
Principles of
Management
59 MGMT 1TR
Principles of
Marketing
59 MGMT 2TR
Principles of
Microeconomics
54 ECON 1TR
(See Note 2)
ECON 1AP (Micro)
ECON 103
Western Civilization I:
Ancient Near East
To 1648
59 HIST 1TR
Western Civilization II:
1648 to Present
58 HIST 1TR

*Students will not be granted CLEP credit for an exam taken in the individual's native language.

Note 1: Credit will not be given for languages which the student already has experience with beyond the 101 level. Students who have experience at the 101 level must receive a score qualifying for level 2 and will only receive one credit. Only students without any experience in the language may receive credit for a level 1 score.

Note 2: Only one Economics credit is granted. If both exams are taken and passed, credit to be granted is ECON 103 instead of ECON 1TR.