The following policy regarding the College Level Examination Program, having been adopted by the University previously and, with current review completed, is effective July 1, 2010. 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: College Algebra Examination, College Mathematics Examination, and the Pre-calculus Examination. Others have been added based on recent departmental review.

A maximum of six BU course credits may be earned from credit granted for achievement on comparable CLEP subject examinations, from credit by examination, or from 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) credit
  • through previously completed Bucknell coursework

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 within the requirements of a major will only occur with the consent of the department chair.

Bucknell students (current or returning) must complete the Permission for College Level Examination Program Form, available from your Academic Dean, and have the necessary approval before scheduling any CLEP examination. This is to insure individuals do not complete an examination for which credit could not be earned.

Bucknell will grant course credit for CLEP Subject Examinations as noted herein. Course credit will be awarded in the form of department "1TR", 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 April1987 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.

CLEP Exams - Minimum Credit Granting Score - Bucknell University

Exam Minimum Grade for Credit BU Credit* Awarded BU Course Awarded
American Governance 58 1 POLS 1TR
American Literature 58 1 ENGL 1TR
Biology 59 1 BIOL 1TR (No Lab)
Calculus 64 1 MATH 201
Chemistry 59 1 CHEM 1TR (no Lab)
College Composition 59 1 ENGL 1TR
College French-Level 1 50 1♦ FREN 1TR
College French-Level 2 58 1♦ FREN 1TR
College German-Level 1 50 1♦ GRMN 1TR
College German-Level 2 63 1♦ GRMN 1TR
College Mathematics -- -- --
College Spanish-Level 1 54 1♦ SPAN 1TR
College Spanish-Level 2 63 1♦ SPAN 1TR
English Literature 59 1 ENGL 1TR
Financial Accounting 59 1 MGMT 2TR
History of the United States-I 58 1 HIST 1TR
History of the United States-II 58 1 HIST 1TR
Human Growth and Development 59 1 PSYC 207
Humanities -- -- --
Information Systems and Computer Applications -- -- --
Introductory Business Law 61 1 ACFM 220
Introductory Education Psychology 59 1 EDUC 201
Introductory Psychology 59 1 PSYC 100
Introductory Sociology -- -- --
Natural Sciences -- -- --
Pre-Calculus -- -- --
Principles of Macroeconomics 54 1 ECON 1TR (See Note)
Principles of Management 59 1 MGMT 1TR
Principles of Marketing 59 1 MGMT 2TR
Principles of Microeconomics 54 1 ECON 1TR (See Note)
Social Sciences and History -- -- --
Western Civilization I: Acient Near East to 1648 59 1 HIST 1TR
Western Civilization II: 1648 to Present 58 1 HIST 1TR


Note: Credit awarded for only one Economics examination. ECON 103 granted if both exams are taken and passed.

*A BU Credit is the equivalent of 4 semester hours.

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

Last revised 1/1/2015