College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is a group of standardized tests created and administered by College Board. These tests assess college-level knowledge in thirty-six subject areas and provide a mechanism for earning college credits without taking college courses. As a College of Professional Studies (CPS) student, you can gain credit by means of the CLEP Subject Examinations as long as:

  • The credit is applicable to your degree program
  • Credit will be given for the Subject Examinations listed below and NOT for the CLEP General Examinations

Note: Villanova considers credits earned through the CLEP Subject Examinations transfer credits. Villanova will apply a maximum of 60 transfer credits, from any combination of appropriate sources toward your degree program.

When registering for any CLEP test, the numerical code for Villanova University is 2959; your score report will be sent directly to the College of Professional Studies. Your record will carry notation of credit for the courses specified, but will not carry a grade. Thus, CLEP Subject Examinations will not have an effect on your cumulative average.

CLEP examinations with a score of 60 or higher are accepted for the following subjects only: 

  • American Government 
  • History of US I 
  • History of US II 
  • American Literature 
  • English Literature 
  • General Biology 
  • General Chemistry 
  • Introductory Psychology 
  • Human Growth & Development 
  • Calculus with Elementary Functions 
  • Introductory Sociology 
  • Western Civilization II 


CLEP Test Centers in this Area
Bucks County Community College Newtown 215-968-8466
Delaware County Community College Media 610-359-5322
Delaware Valley Four-Year Independent College Doylestown 215-345-1500
Drexel University Philadelphia 215-895-2594
Gwynedd-Mercy University
Upper Gwynedd 215-646-7300
Immaculata University Immaculata 610-647-4400 x3239

Contact Information

Villanova University
College of Professional Studies
800 E. Lancaster Avenue
Vasey Hall, Room 104
Villanova, PA 19085
Phone: 610-519-4300
Fax:     610-519-7910

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