College Level Examination Program (CLEP) 2021-2022

The following chart reflects the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) credits that may be awarded toward Cañada College, College of San Mateo, and Skyline 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. 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

Minimum Semester Credits Earned*

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.
American Government 50 3 3 Area D Social Sciences - Area D
American Literature 50 3 3 Area C2 Humanities - Area C2
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature 50 3 3 Area C2 Humanities - Area C2
Biology 50 3 3 Area B2 Scientific Inquiry & Quantitative Reasoning - Area B2
Calculus 50 3 3 Area B4 Critical Thinking/Analytical Thinking
Meets Math Competency - Area A3
Chemistry 50 3 3 Area B1 Scientific Inquiry & Quantitative Reasoning - Area B1
College Algebra 50 3 3 Area B4 Critical Thinking/Analytical Thinking
Meets Math Competency - Area A3
College Algebra - Trigonometry 50 3 3 Area B4 Critical Thinking/Analytical Thinking
Meets Math Competency - Area A3
College Composition 50 0 0 N/A N/A
College Composition - Modular 50 0 0 N/A N/A
College Mathematics 50 0 0 N/A N/A
English Composition (no essay) 50 0 0 N/A N/A
English Composition (with essay) 50 0 0 N/A N/A
English Literature if taken before Fall 2011 50 3 3 Area C2 Humanities - Area C2
Financial Accounting 50 3 0 N/A N/A
French Level I (1) (2) 50 6 0 N/A N/A
French Level II (1) 59 9** 3 Area C2 Humanities - Area C2
Freshman College Composition 50 0 0 N/A N/A
German Level I (1) (2) 50 6 0 N/A N/A
German Level II (1) 60 9** 3 Area C2 Humanities
History, United States I 50 3 3 Area D & US 1 Social Sciences - Area D & US1
History, United States II 50 3 3 Area D & US 1 Social Sciences - Area D & US1
Human Growth and Development 50 3 3 Area E Life Long Learning and Self Development - Area E
Humanities 50 3 3 C2 Humanities - Area C2
Information System and Computer Applications 50 3 0 N/A N/A
Introduction to Educational Psychology 50 3 0 N/A N/A
Introductory Business Law 50 3 0 N/A N/A
Introductory Psychology 50 3 3 Area D Social Sciences - Area D
Introductory Sociology 50 3 3 Area D Social Sciences - Area D
Natural Sciences 50 3 3 Area B1 or B2 Scientific Inquiry & Quantitative Reasoning - Area B1 or B2
Pre-Calculus 50 3 3 Area B4 Critical Thinking/Analytical Thinking
Meets Math Competency - Area A3
Principles of Accounting 50 3 0 N/A N/A
Principles of Macroeconomics 50 3 3 Area D Social Sciences - Area D
Principles of Management 50 3 0 N/A N/A
Principles of Marketing 50 3 0 N/A N/A
Principles of Microeconomics 50 3 3 Area D Social Sciences - Area D
Social Sciences and History 50 0 0 N/A N/A
Spanish Level I (1) (2) 50 6 0 N/A N/A
Spanish Level II (1) 63 9** 3 Area C2 Humanities - Area C2
Spanish with Writing I(1) 50 6 0 N/A N/A
Spanish with Writing II(1) 63 9 3 Area C2 Humanities - Area C2
Trigonometry if taken before Fall 2006 50 3 3 Area B4 Critical Thinking/Analytical Thinking
Meets Math Competency - Area A3
Western Civilization I 50 3 3 Area C2 or Area D Humanities or Social Sciences - Area C2 or Area D
Western Civilization II 50 3 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 towads 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 System-wide Credit for External Examination policy: https://calstate.policystat.com/policy/7800250/latest/  

CSU College Level Examination Program: https://www2.calstate.edu/apply/transfer/Pages/college-level-examination-program.aspx    

Revised 6/4/2021

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

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

  1. Cañada College, College of San Mateo, and Skyline College apply the external exams (AP, IB, and CLEP) credit to Associate Degree General Education area requirements in the same manner as the CSU system applies the external exams (AP, IB, and CLEP) credit to CSU General Education requirements.
  2. The External exam (AP, IB, and CLEP) results are applied to General Education Area requirements only.  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 the External Exam (AP, IB, and CLEP) results for 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 thoroughly researching if or how an external exam may be applied toward specific subject requirements rests with the student.  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 2.2, section 7.0 Credit By Exam dated June 2021.
  4. At Cañada College, College of San Mateo, and Skyline College External exam evaluation results appear on student Web SMART Degree Works audit. The responsibility for researching if or how an external exam may be applied toward specific subjects or major requirements rests with the student.
  5. 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. Meet with a counselor for assistance.
  6. College courses (taken before or after external exams) may duplicate content. 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.
  7. External exam credit CANNOT be applied to IGETC Area 1B and CSU GE Area A3 (Critical Thinking areas of GE).
  8. Transfer credits awarded for AP and IB exams for admission to CSU and UC is determined by UC and CSU. The CUS and UC polices can be found 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
  • Work with your counselor to develop a comprehensive Student Educational Plan (SEP) 

Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT) Academic Credit

Utilizing the American Council on Education (ACE) recommendations, Cañada College will award three lower division semester units for students who have achieved a passing score on a Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT) in AREA C2 (Humanities) of CSU General Education Breadth and in the local associate degree general education.  For more information refer to the ACE National Guide to College Credit for Workforce Training, and the references listed below.

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:

CSU System-wide credit for external Examination; Guidance for Assigning Academic Credit for the Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT) Passing Scores: https://calstate.policystat.com/policy/7800250/latest/

Revised 6/4/2021