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Policies: College Level Exam Program (CLEP)

Academic Policies and Procedures » College Level Exam Program (CLEP)

CLEP exams are offered by the College Board at test centers around the country. There are tests in many subject matter areas, but they are not connected to any preparatory course. Preparation for the tests is accomplished through independent study of texts and resources recommended by the Board. The College's minimum satisfactory scores in subject tests are listed below (New Paltz does not honor the CLEP General Exams). Achievement of the minimum score will result in transcript credit for the equivalent course at New Paltz. CLEP tests may be taken at any time, except for the Freshman Composition test, which must be taken prior to enrollment as a regularly admitted student. The acceptable scores for the CLEP examinations change over time. To learn more about the tests contact CLEP at 609-771-7865 or via the website, www.collegeboard.org/clep. New Paltz is no longer a test center. The following are the test centers closest to New Paltz.

Dutchess Community College (14 miles from New Paltz)

Registrar

53 Pendell Road

Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

845-431-8099

 

Orange County Community College (43 miles from New Paltz)

Office Manager, Counseling and Guidance Center

115 S Street

Middletown, NY 10940

845-341-4073

 

Rockland Community College (53 miles from New Paltz)

Office of Assessment & Placement 1

45 College Road

Suffern, NY 10901

845-574-4525

 

Columbia-Greene Community College (47 Miles from New Paltz)

Director of Admissions-Registration

4400 Route 23

Hudson, NY 12534

518-828-4181

 

Hudson Valley Community College (77 miles from New Paltz)

Director, Center for Counseling

80 Vandeburgh Avenue

Troy, NY 12180
518-629-7320

 

The following CLEP subject tests are acceptable at New Paltz.

CLEP Subject Examination TitleMinimum ScoreCorresponding CreditEssayRemarks
Biology
General Biology 49 4 credits in BIO201   4 additional credits in BIO202 upon departmental evaluation
Business Administration
Principles of Management 47 3 credits in BUS250 not required  
Intro. Business Law 51 3 credits in BUS271 not required  
Chemistry
General Chemistry 48 4 credits in CHE201   4 additional credits in CHE202 upon departmental evaluation
Economics
Principles of Microeconomics 47 3 credits in ECO206 not required  
Principles of Macroeconomics 48 3 credits in ECO207 not required  
English
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature 49 3 credits in ENG200 essay required  
College Composition 70 See * below not required See * below (CLEP notes for English)
Foreign Language
College-Level French 62 3 credits in FRN201 (Intermediate French I) additional essay required at SUNY New Paltz Possibility of 3 additional credits in FRN202 (Intermediate French II) upon satisfactory interview at SUNY New Paltz
College-Level German 50 3 credits GER201 (Intermediate German 1) additional essay required at SUNY New Paltz Possibility of 3 additional credits in GER202 (Intermediate German II) upon satisfactory interview at SUNY New Paltz
College-Level Spanish 66 3 credits in SPA201 (Intermediate Spanish I) additional essay required at SUNY New Paltz Possibility of 4 additional credits in SPA202 (Intermediate Spanish II) upon satisfactory interview at SUNY New Paltz
History
History of the United States I 46 4 credits in HIS221 not required  
History of the United States II 46 4 credits in HIS222 not required  
Mathematics
Calculus with Elementary Functions 55 4 credits MAT251   See + below (CLEP Note for Math)
College Algebra 55 3 credits MAT152   See + below (CLEP Note for Math)
College Algebra/Trigonometry 55 4 credits MAT181   See + below (CLEP Note for Math)
Political Science
American Government 47 4 credits in POL216 not required  
Psychology
Introductory Psychology 47 3 credits in PSY272 not required  
Human Growth and Development 47 3 credits in PSY343 not required  
Sociology
Introductory Sociology 47 3 credits SOC100 not required  

* Notes for use of CLEP in meeting English requirements.

  1. Composition I and Composition II are taken in a two-semester sequence upon matriculation to complete the General Education III (GEIII) requirement. If, FOR ANY REASON, the Composition courses are taken out of sequence, this does not provide exemption status for Composition I. Both courses cover specific writing techniques and skills and are not redundant syllabi. CLEP scores must be received before the student matriculates; AP and IB scores must be received within the first week of classes of the semester that the student matriculates.

  2. Subject exam entitled College Composition is the only acceptable exam. The CLEP General exams in English Composition are not acceptable.
  3. If a student receives a score of 70 or above on the CLEP exam (the College Composition Exam only, NOT the Composition Modular Exam), he or she may be exempt from Composition I. CLEP scores must be received prior to matriculation.

+ Note for use of CLEP in meeting Math requirements.

Credits awarded for the courses shown may be applied as prerequisites to the next higher course.