College Level Examination Programs for College Credit

College Can be Difficult

There are varieties of aspects to attending a college or university that can make the process difficult. Chief among these is the actual workload that pertains to the courses a student takes. College students are generally charged with completing more assignments and readings than they were asked to do in high school. They must also complete a certain amount of courses per semester in order to graduate on time and this pressure can sometimes be hard to handle. On top of these difficulties, the student must maintain a strong grade point average if he or she hopes to pursue a successful career after graduation. There are, however, ways to combat these pressures even before a student enters the college or university of his or her choice.

Getting an Advantage in High School

Many high schools offer students the ability to prepare for their college career while still attending secondary school. There are a number of programs that grant college credits to students in high school. Many high schools offer dual enrollment programs for qualifying students where they spend part of their day attending high school and part of it attending college courses. The high school subsidizes a large portion of the tuition under these programs. Students can also take Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate courses that can grant college credit upon successful completion of examinations in the course. Another option available is the College Level Examination Program.

College Level Examination Program

The College Level Examination Program is offered by the College Board and it is a collection of standardized tests that assess college-level knowledge in 33 different subjects. The tests are generally multiple-choice exams (some exceptions include the College Composition exam, which has an essay section) that are scored on a scale of 20 to 80. Most tests correspond to a one or two semester introductory course at the student's chosen college or university and the credit received is based on the student's score. Most colleges grant three credits (the amount for one class) for a score of 50 or higher, while foreign language exams can grant up to 12 credits depending on the student's score. The test currently costs $77 for each subject and there are about 2,900 colleges and universities that grant college credit for the tests.

Exam Procedures

The College Level Examination Program tests are offered at testing centers on more than 1,500 college and university campuses and military installations. Most centers charge a registration fee that generally ranges from $10 to $20. The tests are usually ninety minutes long, with the exception of College Composition which is 120 minutes, and a student can take multiple exams on one day.

Currently Available Exams

Here is a list of the 33 different examinations currently offered:
Business Credits
Financial Accounting 3
Business Law, Introductory 3
Information Systems and Computer Applications 3
Management, Principles of 3
Marketing, Principles of 3
Composition and Literature Credits
American Literature 6
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature 6
College Composition 6
College Composition Modular 3
English Literature 6
Humanities 6
Foreign Languages Credits
French Language, Levels 1 and 2 3-12
German Language, Levels 1 and 2 3-12
Spanish Language, Levels 1 and 2 3-12
History and Social Sciences Credits
American Government 3
Educational Psychology, Introduction to 3
History of the United States I: Early Colonization to 1877 3
History of the United States II: 1865 to Present 3
Human Growth and Development 3
Macroeconomics, Principles of 3
Microeconomics, Principles of 3
Psychology, Introductory 3
Social Sciences and History 6
Sociology, Introductory 3
Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648 3
Western Civilization II: 1648 to Present 3
Science and Mathematics Credits
Biology 6
Calculus 3
Chemistry 6
College Algebra 3
College Mathematics 6
Precalculus 3
Natural Sciences 6


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