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College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Students enrolled at Nicholls State University may receive credit for prior learning through the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), a national standardized testing program that offers exams equivalent to final exams in introductory college freshman and sophomore courses. Nicholls accepts credit earned through CLEP for courses only at the freshman and sophomore levels. Students must earn the minimum score of 50 or higher to receive credit. Credit is awarded when the CLEP examination score is reported on an official transcript from CLEP and sent directly by the CLEP transcript service to the Office of Records and Registration. Passing scores for subjects credited through CLEP are recorded by an “S,” by the equivalent Nicholls course number and title, and by the appropriate credit hours. CLEP credits will be accepted from other accredited institutions only if the scores meet Nicholls credit-granting standards. Resident students may not gain credit through CLEP for courses equivalent to or at a lower level than other courses they have already taken at Nicholls. CLEP exams are administered at the Nicholls Testing Center, an official CLEP Test Center, in 212 Elkins Hall (campus map). Students must call 985-493-2596 to schedule a CLEP test. Examinees are required to pay CLEP testing fees online with a credit card at the time of testing. In addition to fees assessed by CLEP, Nicholls charges proctoring fees of $20 for Nicholls students and $40 for non-Nicholls students.  Personal calculators are not permitted.  Information regarding CLEP preparation can be found at the following sites:

 
The following examinations are approved for Nicholls credit:
CLEP Title (CLEP Examinations Descriptions) Minimum Score

Nicholls
Equivalent

Hours Credit
American Government 50 GOVT 101 3
American Literature 50 English Literature Elective** 6
Analyzing & Interpreting Literature 50 English Elective* 3
Biology 50 BIOL 105, 106 6
Calculus 50 MATH 101, 102, 165 11
Chemistry 50 CHEM 101, 102 6
College Algebra 50 MATH 101 3
College Composition 50 ENGL 101 3
College Composition Modular 50 ENGL 101 3
College Mathematics 50 MATH 117 3
English Literature 50 English Literature Elective* 6
Financial Accounting 50 Accounting Elective* 3
French Language 50 FREN 101, 102 6
German Language 50 German Language Elective* 6
History of the U.S. I: Early Colonization to 1877 50 HIST 255 3
History of the U.S. II: 1865 to the Present 50 HIST 256 3
Human Growth and Development 50 PSYC 212 3
Humanities 50 Humanities Elective* 3
Information Systems & Computer Applications 50 CIS 231 3
Introduction to Educational Psychology 50 Psychology Elective* 3
Introductory Business Law 50 BSAD 221 3
Introductory Psychology 50 PSYC 101 3
Introductory Sociology 50 SOCI 151 3
Natural Sciences 50 Biology Elective*
Physical Science Elective*
3
3
Precalculus 50 MATH 101, 108 6
Principles of Macroeconomics 50 ECON 212 3
Principles of Management 50 Management Elective* 3
Principles of Marketing 50 Marketing Elective* 3
Principles of Microeconomics 50 ECON 211 3
Social Sciences and History 50 Social Sciences Elective* 3
Spanish Language 50 SPAN 101, 102 6
Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648 50 HIST 101 3
Western Civilization II: 1648 to the Present 50 HIST 102 3
* Freshman level                                                         ** Sophomore level
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