College-level Examination Program (CLEP)

As a national test site, NIU offers CLEP exams to students and community members. A list of the CLEP exams NIU accepts for credit is provided below. If you wish to transfer your CLEP credit to another institution, refer to their CLEP policy.

Follow these steps to register for a CLEP exam at NIU:

  1. Register for the CLEP exam and pay the exam fee.
  2. Schedule your CLEP exam at NIU.

Please note: If you're taking a CLEP test with an optional essay (American Literature, Analyzing and Interpreting Literature, College Composition Modular or English Literature), you must call us at 815-753-1203 before you register online.

Remember to bring your CLEP registration ticket with you on the day of your exam.

Computer-based Exams

General Exams (taken after July 1, 2001)

CLEP General Exam

Score NIU Credit

College Composition*

50 ENGL 103

Humanities

56 Creativity and Critical Analysis, 6 hrs.

Natural Sciences

56 Nature and Technology, 7 hrs.

Social Sciences and History

56 Society and Culture,
6 hrs.

*replaces English Composition with Essay as of 7/1/10

Subject Exams (taken after July 1, 2001)

CLEP Subject Exam

Score Course

Biology*

50

66
BIOS 103 and BIOS 105

BIOS 208, BIOS 210, BIOS 209 and BIOS 211

Chemistry

50 CHEM 210, CHEM 211, CHEM 212 and CHEM 213

Principles of Macroeconomics

50 ECON 261

Principles of Microeconomics

50 ECON 260

American Literature

50 ENGL 116

English Literature

50 ENGL 115

Human Growth and Development

50 HDFS 280

College Level French

50-62

63

FLFR 101 and FLFR 102

FLFR 101, FLFR 102, FLFR 201, and FLFR 202

College Level German

50-62

63

FLGE 101 and FLGE

FLGE 101, FLGE 102, FLGE 201, and FLGE 202

College Level Spanish

50-62

63

FLSP 101 and FLSP 102

FLSP 101, FLSP 102, FLSP 201, and FLSP 202

Calculus

50 MATH 229

American Government

61 POLS 100

Introductory Psychology

52 PSYC 102

Introductory Sociology

50 SOCI 170

*Students wishing to substitute BIOS 103 and BIOS 105 for BIOS 208, BIOS 210, BIOS 209 and BIOS 211 credit should submit a written request to Testing Services within 30 days of being notified of their eligibility for credit.

As of July 1, 2001, all CLEP exams are administered on computer. Scores for exams taken after July 1, 2001 (computer-based examination delivery) are reported differently than exams taken before July 1, 2001 (traditional paper-and-pencil examination delivery). Credit eligibility scores for both computer-based and paper-and pencil examination deliveries are reported below.

General exams (Taken before July 1, 2001)

CLEP General Exam

Score NIU Credit

English Composition
with Essay

480 ENGL 103

Humanities

550 Creativity and Critical Analysis, 6 hrs.

Natural Sciences

550 Nature and Technology, 7 hrs.

Social Sciences and History

550 Society and Culture,
6 hrs.
Subject Exams (taken before July 1, 2001)

CLEP Subject Exam

Score Course

General Biology

46
50
55
BIOS 103
BIOS 104
BIOS 208, BIOS 210, BIOS 209 and BIOS 211

General Chemistry

47 CHEM 210, CHEM 211, CHEM 212 and CHEM 213

Principles of Macroeconomics

44 ECON 261

Principles of Microeconomics

41 ECON 260

American Literature

46 ENGL 116

English Literature

46 ENGL 115

College Level French*

45 FLFR 101, FLFR 102, FLFR 201, and FLFR 202

College Level German*

50-62

FLFR 101 and FLFR 102

College Level Spanish*

48

Calculus w/ Elementary Functions

41 MATH 229

American Government

53 POLS 100

Introductory Psychology

50 PSYC 102

Introductory Sociology

47 SOCI 170

*Students eligible to receive CLEP credit in foreign language must also take NIU's Foreign Language Placement Exam to determine the specific course credit to be awarded. Contact Testing Services for more information.