Credit for College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

A maximum of 30 semester units of credit is given for CLEP (College Level Examination Program) with scores at the 50th percentile or higher. Credit is not awarded for English composition. Official CLEP examination results must be submitted to the Admissions & Records Office. CLEP exams are offered through COD's Partnership and Community Education Division (PaCE) Office, 760.776.7420. CLEP credit will not be used to meet IGETC General Education Requirements for Certification. CLEP may be used to meet CSU General Education requirements for certification. Below is the list of exams for which College of the Desert awards credit. 

Credit for College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) Passing Score Minimum Semester Credits Earned1 Semester Credits Toward GE Breadth American Institutions and/or GE Breadth Area2
American Government 50 3 3 D
American Literature 50 3 3 C2
Analyzing & Interpreting Literature 50 3 3 C2
Biology 50 3 3 B2
Calculus 50 3 3 B4
Chemistry 50 3 3 B1
College Algebra 50 3 3 B4
College Algebra - Trigonometry 50 3 3 B4
French Level II3 59 3 3 C2
German Level II3 60 3 3 C2
History, United States I 50 3 3 D+US-1
History, United States II 50 3 3 D+US-1
Human Growth & Development 50 3 3 E
Humanities 50 3 3 C2
Introductory Business Law 50 3 0 n/a
Introductory Psychology 50 3 3 D
Introductory Sociology 50 3 3 D
Natural Sciences 50 3 3 B1 or B2
Pre-Calculus 50 3 3 B4
Principles of Macroeconomics 50 3 3 D
Principles of Microeconomics 50 3 3 D
Spanish Level II3 63 3 3 C2
Spanish with Writing Level II3 63 3 3 C2
Western Civilization I 50 3 3 C2 or D
Western Civilization II 50 3 3 D

These units count toward eligibility for admission. The units may not all apply toward certification of the corresponding GE Breadth area. See Executive Orders 1033 and 1036 for details.


Areas of GE Breadth (A1 through E) are defined in Executive Order 1100. Areas of American Institutions (US-1 through US-3) are set forth in Sections IA and IB of EO 1061, and at


If a student passes more than one CLEP test in the same language other than English (e.g., two exams in French), then only one examination may be applied to the baccalaureate. For each test in a language other than English, a passing score of 50 is considered "Level I" and earns six units of baccalaureate credit; the higher the score listed for each test is considered "Level II" and earns additional units of credit and placement in Area C2 of GE Breadth, as noted.

Note: College of the Desert does not have comparable courses for all courses listed above.