College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Credit may be granted and a grade of "S" assigned upon receipt in the Office of Admissions and Records of an official score report, showing completion of at least one general examination with a score of 50 or above, or subject examinations with a score of 50 or above. Such credit may need to be supported by a satisfactory essay, where specified.

The general examination(s) must be completed before the student achieves sophomore classification at the university. Subject examinations may be taken at any time.

An "e" notation in the chart below means an essay is required in addition to the objective test. This essay must be arranged with the appropriate academic department.

Examination University Course Equivalent Credit Granted
College Composition (including essay) ENG 101, ENG 102 3 or 6 e1
Humanities None 6
College Mathematics MATH 120 3
Natural Sciences None 6
Social Sciences and History None 6
General Biology None 3 e
Principles of Management None 3
Principles of Accounting ACC 201 , ACC 202 6
Information Systems and Computer Applications IS 101 3
Introductory Business Law None 3 e
Principles of Marketing None 3 e
General Chemistry CHEM 121A 3e2
Principles of Microeconomics ECON 102 3
Principles of Macroeconomics ECON 103 3
Introduction to Educational Psychology None 3
American Literature ENG 240 3 e
Analyzing and Interpretating Literature ENG 203 3 e
College Composition Modular (including essay) ENG 101 3 or 6 e3
English Literature ENG 235 or ENG 236 3 e
Foreign Languages
College French None 3
College German None 3
College Spanish None 3
U.S. History I: Early Colonizations to 1877 HIST 101 5 3 e
U.S. History II: 1865 to the present HIST 102 5 3 e
Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648 HIST 105 5 3 e
Western Civilization II: 1648 to the present HIST 106 5 3 e
Human Development and Family Studies
Human Growth and Development HDFS 201 3 e
Calculus MATH 181 4
College Algebra MATH 126R
Precalculus MATH 128 5
Political Science
U.S. Government PSC 101 4 3 e
Introductory Psychology PSY 101 3 e
Introductory Sociology SOC 101 3 e

1 General English Examination: Scores earned prior to October 1978 or after April 1986 require a satisfactory essay and a score of 500 to 639 for three credits, or 640 or higher for six credits (which satisfies the English requirement at the University of Nevada, Reno). 

2 Credit awarded only after successful completion of the laboratory course, CHEM 121L (1 credit) at the University of Nevada, Reno.

3 English Subject Examinations: With an objective test score of 64 or higher and a satisfactory essay examination, six credits are granted (satisfying the English requirement at the University of Nevada, Reno).

4 Does not satisfy the Nevada Constitution requirement.

5 Does not satisfy the Core Humanities requirement.

Note: Students pursuing a bachelor's degree may earn a maximum of 30 semester credits in courses graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory (S/U) basis, subject to the approval of each college.  See "Requirements for Registration" link in this catalog.

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