This testing program gives individuals the chance to earn college credit by examination in a variety of areas of study. There are two types of tests offered—general examinations and subject examinations. Interested students are encouraged to check with a WMU adviser before making testing plans.
CLEP credit cannot be transferred from another institution. CLEP scores for exams taken at previous institutions are evaluated only after WMU receives official CLEP score reports from the Educational Testing Service (ETS). WMU’s college code for student score report requests to CLEP is 1902.
Western awards credit for the thirteen CLEP subject examinations listed below. The required score for credit is a minimum of 50 on each exam. Students cannot qualify for credit if they have already received college credit for an equivalent below. The equivalents shown are subject to change without notice.
|Exam||Required Minimum Score||WMU Equivalent||Credit|
|Algebra, College||50||MATH 1100, 1110||6 sem. hrs.|
|American Government||50||PSCI 2000||3 sem. hrs.|
|Biology, General||50||BIOS 1050, 1120*||6 sem. hrs.|
|Calculus||50 - 59||MATH 2000||4 sem. hrs.|
|60 or higher||MATH 1220||4 sem. hrs.|
|Chemistry||50||CHEM 1100, 1110||4 sem. hrs.|
|History of the United States I||50||HIST 2100||3 sem. hrs.|
|History of the United States II||50||HIST 2110||3 sem. hrs.|
|Precalculus||60||MATH 1180||4 sem. hrs.|
|Principles of Macroeconomics||50||ECON 2020||3 sem. hrs.|
|Principles of Microeconomics||50||ECON 2010||3 sem. hrs.|
|Psychology, Introductory||50||PSY 1000||3 sem. hrs.|
|Sociology, Introductory||50||SOC 2000||3 sem. hrs.|
|Spanish||50 - 55||SPAN 1000||4 sem. hrs.|
|56 - 62||SPAN 1000 and 1010||8 sem. hrs.|
|63 - 67||SPAN 1000, 1010, and 2000||12 sem. hrs.|
|68 - 80||SPAN 1000, 1010, 2000, and 2010||16 sem. hrs.|
|Western Civilization I||50||HIST 1000||3 sem. hrs.|
|Western Civilization II||50||HIST 1010||3 sem. hrs.|
*Lab credit is not granted.
Questions about CLEP policy at Western Michigan University may be directed to the Office of Admissions at (269) 387-2000.