UMGC CLEP* Acceptance - Which Exams to Take and How to Prep
CLEP* exams are one of the best ways to save time and money on a degree at University of Maryland Global Campus. That is because they accept ALL 34 of the CLEP exams and require the minimum weighted score of 50 recommended by ACE.
CLEP Equivalency Chart
The below table shows the list of CLEP exams, the course they are equivalent to at UMGC, and the minimum passing score (out of a max score of 80). Be sure to check with an adviser at UMGC before taking any of the following exams as degree requirements are often changing.
Note that InstantCert offers study guides for most of these subjects; clicking on the subject title will take you to more information about our test prep.
|CLEP Exam Title||Credits||Transfers In As|
|American Government||3 LL||GVPT 170|
|American Literature||3 LL||ENGL 221|
|Analyzing and Interpreting Literature||3 LL||Literature elective|
|Biology||6 LL||(3 Credits, BIOL 101) + 3 s.h. BIOL (not lab. science)|
|Calculus||4 LL||MATH 140|
|Chemistry||6 LL||CHEM 103 and CHEM 113|
|College Algebra||3 LL||MATH 107|
|College Composition||6 LL||Second written communications general education requirement and 3 LL elective credits|
|College Composition Modular||3 LL||Second written communications general education requirement|
|College Mathematics||6 LL||MATH 106 and Elective (3 credits)|
|English Literature||3 LL||ENGL 211|
|Financial Accounting||3 LL||ACCT 220|
|History of the United States I: Early Colonization to 1877||3 LL||HIST 156|
|History of the United States II: 1865 to the Present||3 LL||HIST 157|
|Human Growth and Development||3 LL||PSYC 351|
|Humanities||3 LL||HUMN 100|
|Information Systems||3 LL||IFSM 201|
|Introduction to Educational Psychology||3 LL||PSYC 442|
|Introductory Business Law||3 LL||BMGT 380|
|Introductory Psychology||3 LL||PSYC 100|
|Introductory Sociology||3 LL||SOCY 100|
|Natural Sciences||6 LL||(3 Credits, NSCI 100) and (3 Credits, BIOL 101)|
|Precalculus||3 LL||MATH 115|
|Principles of Macroeconomics||3 LL||ECON 201|
|Principles of Management||3 LL||BMGT 364|
|Principles of Marketing||3 LL||MRKT 310|
|Principles of Microeconomics||3 LL||ECON 203|
|Social Sciences and History||6 LL||GVPT Elective (3 credits) and HIST Elective (3 credits)|
|Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648||3 LL||HIST 141|
|Western Civilization II: 1648 to the Present||3 LL||HIST 142|
Where to take the CLEP exam
CLEP exams can be taken in person at a college testing center or they can also be taken online. To find a test center near you, check out the official CollegeBoard Test Center Search tool.
For more information about taking the exam at home or anywhere else you have access to the Internet, see our article on How to Take Your CLEP Exam Online.
How to Prep for your CLEP exam
If you already have a lot of background knowledge in a subject, you may decide to try taking a CLEP test without studying. However, feedback from our students has shown that even in those cases, just a little bit of specialized studying for the exam can dramatically increase your chances of getting a PASS on your first attempt.
If you are looking for a quick and effective way to learn just enough to pass the exam, InstantCert's flashcards are a very popular option. Click on any of the test titles in the table above to see more details on our CLEP prep materials for that subject.
Or for more information on how our flashcards work, check out our article, "How InstantCert's Study Guides Can Help You Pass Your CLEP and DSST Exams."
Other Exams Like CLEP
CLEP is the most popular of the examination programs for "testing out" of credit, but there are two other exam programs that are extremely valuable for earning credit at UMGC: DSST exams and UExcel exams.
The advantage of DSST and UExcel exams are that they offer other subjects that are not offered by CLEP, and more importantly, they include UPPER-level exams, i.e. 300 or 400-level classes you can get credit for.
For more information, check out UMGC's page for DSST: Earn Credit at UMGC through the DSST program.
InstantCert also offers prep materials for most DSST and UExcel exams. For a complete list of our study guides, check: Our DSST Study Guides
InstantCREDIT Courses for Credit at UMGC
A lesser-known option for quick and affordable credit at University of Maryland Global Campus is our InstantCREDIT courses. These are self-paced courses that you take on our website. These are a great option if you do not have a testing center nearby or do not like the CLEP or DSST format, where everything rides on one test.
To see how InstantCREDIT courses are accepted at UMGC, check out our article on "Earning Transfer Credit at University of Maryland Global Campus".
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