College Level Examination Program

The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is a set of standardized tests administered by the College Board to assess college-level knowledge in specific subject areas. Bucknell will apply course credit for students who earn certain minimum grades on some, but not all, CLEP exams, subject to department approval. Only the exams listed below can earn credit.

CLEP Exams Minimum Credit Granting Score


Exam Minimum Grade for Credit BU Credit Awarded* No Credit if Credit Already Received for:
American Governance 58 POLS 1TR


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 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 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 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 a foreign language exam if the exam concerns' the student's native language.
  • 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.
  • Only one economics credit is granted. If both exams are taken and passed, credit to be granted is ECON 103 instead of ECON 1TR.
  • 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 Bucknell 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.
    • Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, General Certificate of Education or A-Level credit.
    • 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 above. Course credit will be awarded in the form of a direct course equivalent where indicated and in the form of departmental "1TR" credit, for example, ENGL 1TR for the American Literature exam.



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