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.

If you register for any CLEP test, the numerical code for Villanova University is 2959. Your score report will come directly to the Office of Part-Time Studies. A score of 60 or higher on the subject examination will earn credit according to the schedule given below. 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 affect on your cumulative average.

CLEP Subject Examination Villanova Course Credits
American Government PSC 1100 3
History of the United States I HIS 1000 3
History of the United States II HIS 1001 3
American Literature ENG 2103, 2104 6
English Literature ENG 2101, 2102 6
Freshman College Composition ENG 1010 3
General Biology BIO 1505 4
General Chemistry CHM 1050, 1001 4
Introductory Psychology PSY 1000 3
Human Growth & Development PSY 2200 3
Calculus with Elementary Functions MAT 1330, 1335 6
Introductory Sociology SOC 1000 3
Western Civilization II HIS 1050 3
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
Email:  cps.info@villanova.edu

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