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College Level Examination Credit (CLEP) Accepted

Cumberland participates in the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). A student may receive credit for selected courses through the Subject Examinations approved by the College. Credit for CLEP Examinations is awarded based upon the recommendations of The American Council on Education (ACE). Credit will be given only for CLEP exams in subject areas that are 100 and 200 level courses. Listed are names of exams, required scores and number of credit hours possible:

Exam Score Credit
Freshman College Composition 50 3
French Language Level 1 (2 semesters) 50 6
French Language Level 2 (4 semesters) 59 12
German Language Level 1 (2 semesters ) 50 6
German Language Level 2 (4 semesters) 60 12
Spanish Language Level 1 (2 semesters) 50 6
Spanish Language Level 2 (4 semesters) 63 12
American Government 50 3
History of the United States I: Early Colonization's to 1877 50 3
History of the United States II: 1865 to the Present 50 3
Human Growth & Development 50 3
Principles of Macroeconomics 50 3
Principles of Microeconomics 50 3
Introductory Psychology 50 3
Introductory Sociology 50 3
Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648 50 3
Western Civilization II: 1648 to the Present 50 3
Biology 50 6
Calculus 50 3
Chemistry 50 6
College Algebra 50 3
College Algebra-Trigonometry 50 3
Trigonometry 50 3
Principles of Accounting 50 3

*When taking a CLEP exam for Spanish or French only 6 hours can count toward a minor.


Requirements to take CLEP Exams:

  • Applicants must be currently enrolled as a full-time student at Cumberland.
  • Each CLEP exam cost $77 (subject to change each year). Must be paid by credit card. A separate $15.00 institutional administration fee is due at the time of application (checks for the institutional fee of $15.00 should be made payable to University of the Cumberlands).
  • Total cost is half the cost of tuition per semester hour, (over 18.50 hours) plus the $77.00 exam application fee and the $15.00 institutional administration fee. The total fee will be noted on the grade contract.
  • You may take a maximum of two exams per exam date.
  • If credit is accepted the course will be posted as 'CL' (CLEP) and will not reflect on your grade point average at Cumberland.
  • At least twenty-five percent of the total semester hours in any degree program must be completed at Cumberland. CLEP exams will not count in the twenty-five percent requirement.
  • You must not have taken the course and earned a grade. You cannot be enrolled in the course you want to CLEP.
  • If you do not pass the CLEP exam, you must wait 6 months before repeating an examination.
  • Application for the exam must be made 4 weeks before the exam date (see dates below).
    • The application must be completely filled out and returned to the Registrar?s Office by the application deadline;
    • Payment must be made by credit card, check or money order to cover the non-refundable exam fee;
    • Present photo identification at the time you submit your application as well as on the testing date;
    • Registrants who must cancel may call the Registrar?s Office 24 hours before the exam time. A $5.00 fee will be charged to anyone who is absent without previous notification.

Cumberland also offers Departmental By-pass examinations in lieu of many courses numbered 100 and 200 not covered by CLEP tests. The following lists exams available:

BACC 233 Managerial Accounting 3 hours
BAS 130 Business Mathematics 3 hours
BLHB 231 Elementary Hebrew 3 hours
BIOL 133 Introduction to Population Biology 3 hours
BIOL 134 Introduction to Cellular Biology 3 hours
BMIS 130 Introduction to Application Software 3 hours
HESS 234 First Aid and Safety 3 hours
MATH 130 Concepts of Mathematics for The Elementary and Middle School Teacher I 3 hours
MATH 131 College Mathematics 3 hours
MATH 136 Precalculus 3 hours
MATH 140 Calculus I 4 hours
MATH 230 Concepts of Mathematics for The Elementary and Middle School Teacher II 3 hours
MATH 240 Calculus II 4 hours
HLTH 236 Health and Wellness 3 hours
RELG 135 Old Testament Survey 3 hours
RELG 136 New Testament Survey 3 hours

Requirements to take Departmental By-Pass Exams:

  • Applicants must be currently enrolled as a full-time student at Cumberland.
  • Departmental Exams are charged a fee of $92.00, which is due at the time of application (checks should be made payable to University of the Cumberlands). This fee is non-refundable.
  • You may take a maximum of two exams per exam date (this includes CLEP Exams).
  • Total cost is half the cost of tuition per semester hour, (over 18.50 hours) plus the $92.00 departmental exam application fee. The total fee will be noted on the grade contract.
  • A grade of 'C' or better is required for credit.
  • At least twenty-five percent of the total semester hours in any degree program must be completed at Cumberland. Department By-pass exams will not meet this requirement.
  • You must not have taken the course and earned a grade. You cannot be enrolled in the course.
  • You have the option to accept or decline credit. If credit is accepted, the credit will be posted as “BP” (by-pass) and will not reflect on your grade point average.
  • If you do not pass the exam, you must wait 6 months before repeating an examination.
  • Application for the exam must be made 4 weeks before the exam date (see dates below).
    • The application must be completely filled out and returned to the Registrar's Office by the exam deadline
    • A check, money order or charge voucher for the Bursar's Office to cover the exam fee (non-refundable after the exam is taken);
    • Present photo identification at the time you submit your application as well as on the testing date.
    • Registrants who must cancel may call the Registrar's Office 24 hours before the exam time. The telephone number is (606) 539-4316. A $5.00 fee will be charged to anyone who is absent without this previous notification.

CLEP Exams and Departmental By-Pass Exams Registration Dates and Deadlines
Fall Semester 2010
Application Deadline – September 22, 2010
Exam Date – October 20, 2010

Spring Semester 2010-2011
Application Deadline – February 2, 2011
Exam Date – March 9, 2011

Applications and additional information may be obtained from the Office of the Registrar, located in the Gatliff Building, Room 111.

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