College Level Examination Program

College Level Examination Program

BU participates in the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) of the College Entrance Examination Board, which enables BU to grant course credit for scores earned on written examinations provided by CEEB.

Official CLEP transcripts must be sent to the registrar's office directly from the testing center. BU administers CLEP exams weekly. See for the registration form and available test dates.

Obtaining CLEP Transcripts

If you did not indicate a score recipient institution at the time of your exam, and you want to request your CLEP scores, you can do so by ordering a CLEP Transcript. This transcript is a cumulative score report of all the CLEP exams you have taken and scores you earned in the last 20 years.

To obtain a CLEP Transcript:

Download the Transcript Request Form (.pdf/35k). Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader (latest version recommended). Mail completed form with your payment to CLEP to the address on the form.

Or call (800) 257-9558 if ordering with a credit card. Please provide your name (at testing time), date of birth, social security number, exam title(s), test date, testing location/center, and where you want your scores to be sent.

There are two types of CLEP examinations:

  • General exams, which cover the broad areas of English composition and essay, humanities, college mathematics, natural sciences, and social sciences and history. General exams may only be taken before a student earns any college credits.
  • Subject exams, which cover selected courses and may be taken prior to enrolling at BU or during the period of enrollment.

The College Board annually reviews CLEP examinations and makes recommendations to colleges and universities as to the appropriate number of credit to be granted to students based upon the score achieved on the CLEP examination.

In most instances, the number of credit granted by BU conforms to the CLEP recommendations. Occasionally, upon consultation with the department chairperson of the discipline related to the CLEP examination, the number of credits BU grants may differ from the CLEP recommendation.

Final decisions as to the number of credits BU will grant is at the discretion of the department chairperson in the discipline related to the CLEP examination. See website for the complete academic policy governing CLEP examinations.

Limitations on CLEP Credit

  • If results of both the general examinations and the subject examinations are submitted for identical areas, duplicate credit will not be awarded.
  • The student's official transcript will carry a notation of credit earned, but no grade shall be awarded.
  • A student may not receive CLEP credit for a course they are currently registered, or for a course a passing grade previously was earned, or as a course repeat.
  • Use of the CLEP tests permits BU to provide the well-prepared student with opportunities to demonstrate competence in areas of intellectual concern covered in basic courses, to receive credit in these areas and to enroll in advanced courses earlier.

CLEP Scores, Credits accepted at BU.

General Examinations Scoring BU Equivalent Course Credits
(Note: the general exams must be taken before any college credits have been earned!)
Humanities 50 HUMNTIES.199 Humanities Transfer
College Mathematics 50 MATH.101 Math Thinking
Natural Sciences 50 NATSCI.199 Natural Science and Math Transfer
Social Sciences and History 50 SOCSCI.199 Social Sciences Transfer
Subject Examinations Scoring BU Equivalent Course Credits
American Government 50 POLISCI.120 U.S. Government 3
History of U.S. I 50 HISTORY.121 U.S. History: Colonial to 1877 3
History of U.S. II 50 HISTORY.122 U.S. History: 1877 to Present 3
Human Growth and Development 50 PSYCH.211 Early Child Dev 3
Introductory Psychology 50 PSYCH.101 General Psychology 3
Educational Psychology 50 PSYCH.251 Psych Foundations of Education 3
Introductory Sociology 50 SOC.211 Principles of Sociology 3
Principles of Macroeconomics 50 ECONOMIC.121 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
Principles of Microeconomics 50 ECONOMIC.122 Principles of Microeconomics 3
Western Civilization I 50 HISTORY.125 Western Civilization to 1650 3
Western Civilization II 50 HISTORY.126 Western Civilization from 1650 3
Subject Examinations Scoring BU Equivalent Course Credits
American Literature 50 ENGLISH.152 Literature and Society 3
Analyzing & Interpreting Literature 50 ENGLISH.151 Introduction to Literature 3
*College Composition 50 ENRICH 101 College Writing Enrichment 3
*College Composition Modular 50 ENRICH 101 College Writing Enrichment 3
English Literature 50 ENGLISH.142 Literature and Society 3
*Credit for ENRICH 101 will only be awarded once, in the event you pass both College Composition and College Composition Modular.
Subject Examinations Scoring BU Equivalent Course Credits
Biology 50 BIOLOGY.101 Human Biology 3
General Chemistry 50 CHEM.101 Introductory Chemistry 3
*College Algebra 50 MATH.109 College Algebra
*Not open to students with a C- or higher recorded for MATH.113, MATH.123 or MATH.125
Pre-Calculus 50 MATH.113 Pre-Calculus 3
Calculus 50 MATH.125 Calculus 1 4
Subject Examinations Scoring BU Equivalent Course Credits
Financial Accounting 50 ACCT.220 Financial Accounting 3
Information Systems 50 ITM 175 Info and Tech Mgmt. Applications 3
Introductory Business Law 50 LAW.331 Law and Legal Environments 3
Principles of Management 50 MGMT.244 Principles of Management 3
Principles of Marketing 50 MKTG.310 Marketing Principles and Practices 3
Subject Examinations Scoring BU Equivalent Course Credits
*College French - Level 1 50 FRENCH.101 French 1 and FRENCH.102 French 2 6
*College French - Level 2 63 FRENCH.203 French 3 and FRENCH.204 French 4 6
*College German - Level 1 50 GERMAN.101 German 1 and GERMAN.102 German 2 6
*College German - Level 2 63 GERMAN.203 German 3 and GERMAN.204 German 4 6
*College Spanish - Level 1 50 SPANISH.101 Spanish 1 and SPANISH.102 Spanish 2 6
*College Spanish - Level 2 63 SPANISH.203 Spanish 3 and SPANISH.204 Spanish 4 6