CLEP Policy

 

What is CLEP?

Central Wyoming College acknowledges that our students come to us with a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. Institutional policy permits students to earn up to 32 credits towards an associate degree or 16 credits towards a certificate by alternative methods.
The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is a series of standardized examinations that allow you to demonstrate knowledge and skills you may have gained through job experience, outside course work, or independent learning.
 
There are 36 subject area tests; CWC will accept 27 of them. Students may earn college credit through these exams by scoring at or above the minimum scores established by CWC and listed in this publication.

How Do I Take the Exams?

Follow these simple steps:

  1. Pick up a copy of the "Moving Ahead with CLEP" booklet from the CWC Testing Center or visit the CLEP website at collegeboard.com/CLEP.
  2. Review the descriptions of the examinations to see which you are most interested in and best qualified to take.
  3. Study the CWC CLEP policy to see which exams are accepted by the college (or the college you intend to get credit from), the equivalent courses, and the minimum acceptable scores to earn credit.
  4. Check with your academic advisor to see if the test you wish to take will apply towards the degree you are seeking.
  5. Check out The College Board Guide to the CLEP Examinations for a complete description of each test to familiarize yourself with the test content and format. Sample test questions are also provided. This book is available in the CWC Library or you can purchase it directly from College Board for $25. This information is also available on the College Board's website at collegeboard.com/clep under CLEP Publications. Information on individual exams can be downloaded for $10 per exam.
  6. If you wish to test in Riverton, call the CWC Testing Center located in the library at 307-855-2298 to set a testing date and time

When can I take the exam?

All CLEP exams are computerized and must be taken at an authorized CLEP testing center. CLEP exams are administered whenever a student is ready to take the exam. An appointment to test can be made by contacting the CWC Testing Center. You are not permitted to take a CLEP test for a class in which you are currently enrolled.


How long do the exams take?

Each subject examination is 90 minutes long and is composed of multiple choice questions. The timing is built into the software, so it is important for you to keep an eye on the clock. Some subjects require an additional essay exam. If an essay is required, you will be given an additional 90 minutes to complete it. You must pass the multiple choice portion and the essay portion in order to receive credit for the course.

 

College Composition will include a 50-minute multiple-choice section and a 70-minute online essay section scored by CLEP, for a total of 120 minutes. The two mandatory essays are part of the exam package and will immediately follow the multiple choice section. The essay portion is scored every two weeks.


How much do the CLEP exams cost?

The total cost of each CLEP exam is $95. You pay $80 of the cost directly to the College Board by credit card when you register online for the test. The additional $15 is collected by CWC for administering the test, and can be paid at the CWC Business Office Cashier's window in the Administration Wing in Riverton. The receipt must be presented to the test administrator at the time of the test.

 
 

How will I get my scores?

Score reports will print immediately upon completion for the exam except for College Composition. For this exam, you will receive a combined score after the essay has been scored, usually three to four weeks after your test date. All scores are sent to candidates by first-class mail. Your scores will be sent to one college if you so indicate when you register to take the exam. There is a $20 fee to have a transcript sent to an institution at a later date.

 

CLEP scores are reported as scale scores not raw scores or percentages. Passing scores vary according to the test taken and the score set by the institution granting the credit. A passing score will typically reflect the performance of students who earn a grade of C in the corresponding college course.


What if I do not do well on the exam?

If you decide that you do not want your score reported, notify the CLEP administrator before leaving the test center, or you can notify CLEP in writing within two days after the test date. If you do not score high enough on the exam to earn the college credit, you must wait 6 months to re-take the exam.

 

What will appear on my CWC transcript?

Your transcript will report the equivalent CWC course for which you have been given credit, the number of credits earned, the term in which you tested and a satisfactory (S) grade. Credits earned from CLEP exams are not computed in your GPA since no letter grade is given. If you transfer to another school, that school will require you to have an official score report from CLEP sent directly to them from the College Board.

Transfer Students: A word of warning

 
If you are planning to transfer to a four-year institution, be sure to check their CLEP policy to see what exams they accept and what the minimal acceptable scores are. The University of Wyoming will only accept CLEP exams that have been approved by each individual department on campus. Some departments require a student to take departmental challenge exams, rather than a standardized test.

 
 
For more information, contact:
 
CWC Testing Center
Testing Center Assistant
Central Wyoming College
Riverton, WY 82501
307-855-2298
1-800-735-8418 Ext. 2298
Email
CLEP Subject Examinations
Equivalent CWC
Minimal Acceptable
Credit
Score
Hours
Awarded
BUSINESS
Information Systems and Computer Applications
COSC 1200 
50

3
Introduction to Business Law
BADM 2010
50

3
Principles of Management
MGT 2100
50
3
Principles of Marketing
MKT 2100
50
3
Composition and Literature

American Literature
ENGL 2310 &
2320

50
3
Analysis and Interpretation of Literature w/Essay
ENGL 1020
50

3
English Literature
ENGL 2210 & 2220
50
3
College Composition
ENGL 1010
50
3
Foreign Languages
College French Level 1 (2 sem)
FREN 1010 & 1020
50

8
College French Level 2 (3 sem)

FREN  2030
62


4
College German Level 1 (2 sem)
GERM 1010 & 1020
50

8
College German Level 2 (3 sem)
GERM 2030
63

4
College Spanish Level 1 (2 sem)
SPAN 1010 & 1020
50

8
College Spanish Level 2 (3 sem)
SPAN 2030
66

4
Mathematics
College Algebra
MATH 1400
50
3
Calculus with Elementary Functions
MATH 2200
50

5
History & Social Sciences
American History I
HIST  1210
50
3
American History II
HIST 1220
50
3
American Government
POLS 1000
50
3
Introductory Psychology
PSYC 1000
50
4
Human Growth & Development
PHYC 2300
50

3
Introduction to Education Psychology
EDFD  2040
50

3
Principles of Macroeconomics
ECON 1010
50

3
Principles of Microeconomics

ECON 1020
50


3
Introductory Sociology

SOC 1000
50

3
Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648
HIST 1110
50

3
Western Civilization II: 1648 to Present
HIST 1120
50

3
 

 

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