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CLEP Exams

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 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 CEEB must be presented. 

For the Baccalaureate Degree, a maximum of 12 units* may be earned through CLEP 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 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 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 (prior to Fall 2018) FULFILLMENT (starting Fall 2018)
BUSINESS
Financial Accounting 50 3 units GS VIIA. QL1 elective 
Introductory Business Law 50 3 units GS IIIG elective 
Principles of Microeconomics 50 3 units GS IIIF GE 5B Community requirement 
Principles of Macroeconomics 50 3 units GS IIIG elective 
Introductory System and Computer  50 3 units  CIS I  CIS I 
COMPOSITION AND LITERATURE
American Literature 50 3 units GS III B elective 
Analyzing & Interpreting Literature 50 3 units GS III B elective 
College Composition Modular 50 6 units GS I A GE 2 (ENG 1A & 1B fulfillment) 
English Composition 50 6 units GS I A GE 2 (ENG 1A & 1B fulfillment) 
English Literature 50 3 units GS III B elective 
HISTORY AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
History of the United States-1 50 3 units GS III C elective 
History of the United States-2 50 3 units GS III C elective 
Western Civilization I 50 3 units GS III C GE 5C Global requirement 
Western Civilization II 50 3 units GS III C GE 5C Global requirement 
Introductory Psychology 50 3 units GS III F PSY 1 
Human Growth & Development 50 3 units GS III F elective 
SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS
Pre-Calculus 50 No credit Substitute for Placement Exam Substitute for Placement Exam 
Calculus with Elementary Functions 50 3 units GS III E, GS VIII B GE 3A Math Reasoning requirement 
Chemistry 50 4 units GS III D elective 
College Mathematics 62 3 units GS IIIE, scores of 50-61 only receive 3 units of elective credit GE 3A Math Reasoning requirement, scores of 50-61 only receive 3 units of elective credit 
WORLD LANGUAGES
French-1 50 4 units GS IV GE 4 Modern Language requirement (FRE 1 & FRE 2) 
French-2 59 4 units GS IV GE 4 Modern Language requirement (FRE 1 & FRE 2) 
German-1 50 4 units GS IV GE 4 Modern Language requirement 
German-1 60 4 units GS IV GE 4 Modern Language requirement 
Spanish-1 50 4 units GS IV GE 4 Modern Language requirement (SPA 1 & SPA 2) 
Spanish-2 63 4 units GS IV GE 4 Modern Language requirement (SPA 1 & SPA 2)