CLEP Credits and other Credits-by-Exam
CUNY Baccalaureate allows students to earn a maximum of 30 non-classroom credits. CLEP (College-Level Examination Program) offers 90-minute computer-based exams in introductory college-level subjects.
CLEP is the most commonly used exam; other credit-by-exam options can be found at the bottom of this page.
Three credits will be awarded per exam when the earned score is at least 50; 6 credits will be awarded for the College Composition exam.
Students are granted 6-12 credits for the language exams. Six credits (one year) will be awarded per exam when the earned score is at least 50; **Higher scores are required to earn 12 credits (two years). *Six credits of foreign language can be used to fulfill the World Cultures category of Pathways twice, completing the standard requirement and the sixth required course of the Flexible Core.
Refer to the chart at the bottom for details on how CUNY BA applies these exams toward specific degree requirements. Please note that CUNY BA does not offer credits for the optional additional essay sections that are available for the exams in American Literature, Analyzing and Interpreting Literature, English Literature, and College Composition.
Students should be careful not to take exams in subjects for which they have already earned college credit.
CLEP exams are non-collegiate/non-CUNY credit and therefore are not counted toward residency. Consult your CUNY Baccalaureate academic advisor before registering for these exams to ensure that you have room for these credits in your program.
The CLEP code for CUNY BA is 7188. We are listed under the CUNY Graduate Center.
CLEP brochures are available in the CUNY Baccalaureate office. More information can be found at http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/clep/about.html.
CLEP exams accepted for credit by CUNY BA as of Spring 2013; revised for Pathways, Fall 2013
|Exam||Minimum Score||Credits||CUNY BA Core Distribution1985-2012||CUNY PATHWAYS2013 on|
|Composition and Literature (all Liberal Arts)|
(no credit for optional essay)
|50||3||Literature or Humanities||U.S. Experience|
|Analyzing and Interpreting Literature (no credit for optional essay)||50||3||Literature or Humanities||Creative Expression|
|English Literature (no credit for optional essay)||50||3||Literature or Humanities||World Cultures|
|College Composition||50||6||N/A||English Comp 1+2|
|Humanities||50||3||Humanities (updated 3/14/13)||Creative Expression|
|Foreign Languages (all Liberal Arts)**|
|French (Level 1, first two semesters)||50||6||Foreign Language, 2 Semesters||World Cultures*|
|French (Level 2, first four semesters)||59**||9||Foreign Language, 4 Semesters||World Cultures*|
|German (Level 1, first two semesters)||50||6||Foreign Language, 2 Semesters||World Cultures*|
|German (Level 2, first four semesters)||60**||9||Foreign Language, 4 Semesters||World Cultures*|
|Spanish (Level 1, first two semesters)||50||6||Foreign Language, 2 Semesters||World Cultures*|
|Spanish (Level 2, first four semesters)||63**||9||Foreign Language, 4 Semesters||World Cultures*|
|History and Social Sciences (all Liberal Arts)|
|American Government||50||3||Social Science||U.S. Experience|
|Human Growth and Development||50||3||Social Science||Individual and Society|
|Introduction to Educational Psychology||50||3||Social Science||Individual and Society|
|Introductory Psychology||50||3||Social Science||Individual and Society / Scientific World|
|Introductory Sociology||50||3||Social Science||Individual and Society|
|Principles of Macroeconomics||50||3||Social Science||Individual and Society|
|Principles of Microeconomics||50||3||Social Science||Individual and Society|
|History U.S. I: Early Colonization to 1877||50||3||Humanities||U.S. Experience|
|History U.S. II: 1865 to the Present||50||3||Humanities||U.S. Experience|
|Western Civiliz. I: Anc. Near East-1648||50||3||Humanities||World Cultures|
|Western Civiliz. II: 1648 – Present||50||3||Humanities||World Cultures|
|Social Science and History||50||6||Social Science (updated 3/14/13)||Individual and Society|
|Science and Mathematics (all Liberal Arts)|
|Biology||50||6||Science||Life & Phys Science / Scientific World|
|Chemistry||50||6||Science||Life & Phys Science / Scientific World|
|College Algebra||50||3||Math||Math & QR|
|College Mathematics||50||6||Math||Math & QR|
|Pre-Calculus||50||3||Math||Math & QR / Scientific World|
|Calculus||50||4||Math||Math & QR / Scientific World|
|Natural Science||50||6||Science||Life & Phys Science / Scientific World|
|Business (Non-Liberal Arts) Please note that these courses do not fulfill any Core Distribution or Pathways requirements as they are not liberal arts and science courses.|
|Introductory Business Law||50||3||Elective||Elective|
|Info Systems/Computer Applications||50||3||Elective||Elective|
|Principles of Management||50||3||Elective||Elective|
|Principles of Marketing||50||3||Elective||Elective|
Other credit-by-exam options are:
New York University Foreign Language Proficiency Testing
Exams are available in over 40 languages for either 12 credits or 16 credits.|
For Pathways, these exams can be applied to the World Cultures requirement.
School of Continuing Education Foreign Language Department
10 Astor Place, Room 505
New York, NY 10003 (212) 998-7030 (phone) (212) 995-4139 (fax)
If you wish to have any of the following exams applied toward general education requirements, please consult your CUNY BA academic advisor prior to taking the exam.
Excelsior College Exams
Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces is a Web-based, artificially intelligent assessment and learning system. Students can receive college credit for American Council on Education (ACE) credit-recommended ALEKS courses. To receive credit, a student must assess at 70% or greater on the course material for an ACE credit-recommended ALEKS course and be registered with the ACE Credit Online Transcript System. Once ALEKS and ACE have confirmed the student’s completed work in ALEKS, an ACE transcript is provided. The ACE transcript can then be used to request up to three semester hours of college credit per course at educational institutions that grant credit for ACE credit-recommended courses.