College Level Examination Program (CLEP) 2019-2020

The following chart reflects the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) credits that may be awarded toward Cañada College Associate Degree General Education (GE) requirements only, and/or California State University General Education Certification. Students must submit an official copy of test results to the Admissions and Records Office, and request a SMCCCD transcript Evaluation (TES) at www.smccd.edu/transeval. Students are advised to consult with individual CSU campuses for credits. CLEP cannot be used in IGETC certification.

CLEP Subject Exam Passing
Score
For CSU and
SMCCD Associate Degree

Semester
Units 
Toward CSU GE Breadth Certification

Area of CSU GE Breadth and/or
American
Institutions.

InstitutionsAreas of GE Breadth (A1 through E) are defined in EO 1100 Revised (August 23, 2017). Areas of American Institutions (US-1 through US-3) are set forth in Sections IA and IB of EO 1061, and at assist.org.

Application to Cañada College
Associate Degree General Education
3 semester units
Elective units may apply – the TES evaluation applies CLEP exam results to general education area requirements ONLY, TES does not apply to electives, and will not post them on students’ transcript.
American Government 50 3 Area D Social Sciences - Area D
American Literature 50 3 Area C2 Humanities - Area C2
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature 50 3 Area C2 Humanities - Area C2
Biology 50 3 Area B2 Scientific Inquiry & Quantitative Reasoning - Area C2
Calculus 50 3 Area B4 Critical Thinking/Analytical Thinking
Meets Math Competency - Area B4
Chemistry 50 3 Area B1 Scientific Inquiry & Quantitative Reasoning - Area B1
College Algebra 50 3 Area B4 Critical Thinking/Analytical Thinking
Meets Math Competency - Area B4
College Algebra - Trigonometry 50 3 Area B4 Critical Thinking/Analytical Thinking
Meets Math Competency - Area B4
College Composition 50 0 N/A N/A
College Composition - Modular 50 0 N/A N/A
College Mathematics 50 0 N/A N/A
English Composition (no essay) 50 0 N/A N/A
English Composition (with essay) 50 0 N/A N/A
English Literature if taken before Fall 2011 50 3 Area C2 Humanities - Area C2
Financial Accounting 50 0 N/A N/A
French Level I (1) (2) 50 0 N/A N/A
French Level II (1) 59 3* Area C2 Humanities - Area C2
Freshman College Composition 50 0 N/A N/A
German Level I (1) (2) 50 0 N/A N/A
German Level II (1) 60 3* Area C2 Humanities
History, United States I 50 3 Area D & US 1 Social Sciences - Area D & US1
History, United States II 50 3 Area D & US 1 Social Sciences - Area D & US1
Human Growth and Development 50 3 Area E Life Long Learning and Self Development - Area E
Humanities 50 3 C2 Humanities - Area C2
Information System and Computer Applications 50 0 N/A N/A
Introduction to Educational Psychology 50 0 N/A N/A
Introductory Business Law 50 0 N/A N/A
Introductory Psychology 50 3 Area D Social Sciences - Area D
Introductory Sociology 50 3 Area D Social Sciences - Area D
Natural Sciences 50 3 Area B1 or B2 Scientific Inquiry & Quantitative Reasoning - Area B1 or B2
Pre-Calculus 50 3 Area B4 Critical Thinking/Analytical Thinking
Meets Math Competency - Area B4
Principles of Accounting 50 0 N/A N/A
Principles of Macroeconomics 50 3 Area D Social Sciences - Area D
Principles of Management 50 0 N/A N/A
Principles of Marketing 50 0 N/A N/A
Principles of Microeconomics 50 3 Area D Social Sciences - Area D
Social Sciences and History 50 0 N/A N/A
Spanish Level I (1) (2) 50 0 N/A N/A
Spanish Level II (1) 63 3* Area C2 Humanities - Area C2
Trigonometry if taken before Fall 2006 50 3 Area B4 Critical Thinking/Analytical Thinking
Meets Math Competency - Area B4
Western Civilization I 50 3 Area C2 or Area D Humanities or Social Sciences - Area C2 or D
Western Civilization II 50 3 Area D Social Sciences - Area D

1. If a student passes more than one CLEP test in the same language other than English (e.g., two exams in French), then only one examination may be applied to the associate and baccalaureate. For each test in a language other than English, a passing score of 50 is considered “Level I” and earns six units of associate and baccalaureate credit; the higher score listed for each test is considered “Level II” and earns additional units of credit and placement in Area C2 of GE Breadth.

2. Students may earn 6 units toward Admissions

*These units count toward eligibility for admission. The units may not apply towards Associate Degrees for Transfer (AD-T) or the baccalaureate degree. The units may not all apply toward certification of the corresponding GE-Breadth area. See Executive Orders 1036 and 1100 Revised for details.

Student may earn 12 credits towad admissions if the test was taken before Fall 2015 and 9 units if taken fall 2015 and after. It only credits 3 units for Area C2 of the General Education.

Reference:

CSU Chancellor Office, Coded Memorandum ASA-2019-03: System-wide Credit for External Examination: https://www2.calstate.edu/csu-system/administration/academic-and-student-affairs/Pages/default.aspx 

Coded Memorandum ASA-2018-06: System-wide Credit for External Examination, attachment 2: https://www2.calstate.edu/csu-system/administration/academic-and-student-affairs/Pages/default.aspx 

Revised 6/3/2019

Additional Information on External Examinations (AP, IB, CLEP):

Issues around credit for external exams are complex. Please read below for more information:

  1. San Mateo Community College district applies AP, IB, and CLEP credit to Associate Degree General Education area requirements in the same manner as the CSU system applies AP, IB, and CLEP credit to CSU GE area.
  2. The AP, IB, and CLEP charts outline how the results of these exams may apply to General Education requirements.  The AP chart also provides information about transfer credit generated by external exams for the purpose of admissions.
  3. These charts do not provide information about if or how external exam results apply to major courses.  The application of AP, IB, and CLEP results to university majors and degree requirements is determined by each transfer institution. Where there is common use for general education areas as indicated in AP, IB, and CLEP charts, the use of external exams to meet major requirements is complex and specific to the receiving transfer institution.  The responsibility for researching if or how an external exam may be applied toward specific subject requirements rests with the students.  Students are encouraged to use the following resources for additional information, limitations,  and restrictions applied to external exams:  The California State University Office of the Chancellor Coded Memorandum ASA-2019-03 dated January 28, 2019; CSU Executive Order 1036, Section 1.2.4;  Standards, Policies & Procedures for Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum Version 1.9, Section 7.0 Credit By Exam dated May 2018, SMCCD Transcript Evaluation website at www.smccd.edu/transeval.
  4. At Cañada College, College of San Mateo, and Skyline College, each instructional division determines if or how AP, IB, and/or CLEP credit is applied to associate degree major or certificate requirements.
  5. College courses (taken before or after external exams) may duplicate the content earned through AP, IB, and/or CLEP exams.  Where duplication exists between the exam course content and the college course content, students do not get credit/units for both the external exam and the college course.
  6. Each AP exam may be applied to one CSU GE Breadth/IGETC area as satisfying one course requirement with the exception of language other than English (LOTE). Space does not permit discussion of how AP credit is granted for every university and students are advised to thoroughly investigate AP credit as it relates to a University.
  7. Transfer credits awarded for AP and IB exams for admission to CSU and UC is determined by UC and CSU policies that are available at:

External exam policies for UC and CSU are subject to periodic modifications.

To receive credit for External Examination, AP, IB or CLEP:

If you plan to complete an associate degree and/or CSUGE or IGETC certification within the San Mateo County Community College District you must:

  • Submit official AP, IB, or CLEP exam results to the Admissions and Records Office
  • Request a SMCCCD Transcript Evaluation at smccd.edu/transeval
  • Work with your counselor to develop a comprehensive Student Educational Plan (SEP) after the TES evaluation is completed and appears on Degree Works.

Note:

  • Beginning in fall 2013, when students request the TES evaluation, the results will appear on Web SMART Degree Works Audit.
  • The TES evaluation applies external exam results to GENERAL EDUCATION AREA REQUIREMENTS ONLY.
  • Visit TES web site, www.smccd.edu/transeval, for more information about the application of external exams and the unit values applied to general education areas, admission units generated by external exams, and other information and restrictions.

Guidance for Assigning Academic Credit for the Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT) Passing Scores:

Based on the recommendation by American Council on Education, and as noted on the Coded Memorandum ASA-2018-06, California State University developed systemwide standards to credit the Defense Language proficiency Test.  The Coded Memorandum ASA-2019-03 Attachment 4 provides Guidance for Assigning Academic Credit for the Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT) Passing Scores:

Utilizing the American Council on Education (ACE) recommendations as described below, three lower division semester hours for language shall equate to three semester units (or their quarter equivalent) in CSU GE Breadth Subarea C2. When assigning academic credit using the DLPT, campus articulation officers and credit transfer evaluators should refer to the ACE National Guide to College Credit for Workforce Training. This ACE online guide organizes foreign language test scores and credit recommendations by language, version of test and modality of language. The Guide then provides lower and upper division credit recommendations based on the DLPT test score in the following modalities: listening, reading, and oral. Campuses may continue to award additional GE and/or major course credit as they have done in the past. An internal CSU guide for reviewing the DLPT is posted on the CSU Veterans Affairs SharePoint site (here).

Documentation:

The following documents may be accepted to award DLPT GE or course credit:

  • Official Defense Language Institute Foreign Language (DLIFLC) Transcripts
  • Official Joint Services Transcripts (JST)
  • Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) DLPT Examinee Results
  • DA Form 330 Language Proficiency Questionnaire

Reference:

The Coded Memorandum ASA-2019-03 Attachment 4 https://www2.calstate.edu/csu-system/administration/codedmemos/Pages/academic-and-student-affairs-coded-memos.aspx

Revised 6/2019