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CLEP & PEP Exams

In selected departments, course credit by challenge examination is available on a limited basis and at the discretion of the department chairperson.  The student must file the approved form with the Office of Registrar.  Only units of CREDIT will be awarded for these examinations (No record of failures will appear on a student's transcript).  All credit awarded in this manner will be so noted on the student's transcript.  A course may only be challenged by examination once.

Students may take externally administered standard proficiency exams, such as the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) from the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) in those areas approved by Mount St. Mary’s University, Los Angeles (MSMU). An original transcript/score report of exam scores from CEEB must be received by MSMU.

All units from CLEP exams are brought in as lower division units.

Credit for CLEP or PEP exams taken prior to enrolling at Mount St. Mary’s University and which appear on the transcript or record from another college or university will be accepted according to the transfer of credit procedure.  If there has been no official awarding of credit, an original transcript from ACT or CEEB must be presented. 

For the Baccalaureate Degree, a maximum of 12 units* may be earned through CLEP/PEP exams in areas approved by Mount St. Mary’s University, Los Angeles (See list below). All units earned in this manner are held in escrow until the student has successfully completed 30 units* of course work at MSMU.

For the Associate Degree, a maximum of 8 units* of credit may be earned through CLEP/PEP exams in areas approved by Mount St. Mary’s University, Los Angeles (See list below). All units earned in this manner are held in escrow until the student has successfully completed 24 units* of course work at MSMU.

Students who have taken courses sponsored by the armed forces or other non-collegiate agencies may apply for an evaluation of these learning experiences. 

In some cases; in addition to earned units, students may fulfill a College General Studies requirement.

Students must earn a minimum score of 50 on any examination to receive credit by a CLEP exam.

Accepted CLEP Exams by MSMU:

CLEP EXAM SCORE MAXIMUM UNIT(S) AWARDED FULFILLMENT
BUSINESS
Introductory Accounting 50 3 units BUS 15A
Introductory Business Law 50 3 units GS IIIG
Introductory Micro & Macro Economics 50 3 units GS IIIF
Information Systems 50 3 units CIS I
COMPOSITION AND LITERATURE
American Literature 50 3 units GS III B
Analyzing & Interpreting Literature 50 3 units GS III B
College Composition Modular 50 6 units GS I A
English Composition with Essay 50 6 units GS I A
English Literature 50 3 units GS III B
HISTORY AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
History of the United States-1 50 3 units GS III C
Western Civilization 50 3 units GS III C
History of the U.S. 50 3 units GS III C
General Psychology 50 3 units GS III F
Human Growth & Development 50 3 units GS III F
Introductory Sociology 50 3 units SOC 1, GS III F, GS VI
SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS
Pre-Calculus 50 No credit Substitute for Placement Exam
Calculus with Elementary Functions 50 3 units GS III E, GS VIII B
Chemistry 50 4 units GS III D
College Mathematics 62 3 units GS IIIE, scores of 50-61 only receive 3 units of elective credit
WORLD LANGUAGES
French-1 50 4 units GS IV
French-2 59 4 units GS IV
German-1 50 4 units GS IV
German-1 60 4 units GS IV
Spanish-1 50 4 units GS IV
Spanish-2 63 4 units GS IV