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 register for CLEP tests and pay CLEP testing fees prior to scheduling a testing appointment with the testing center. In addition to fees assessed by CLEP, Nicholls charges proctoring fees of $20 for Nicholls students and $40 for non-Nicholls students at the time of testing.  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 ENGL 215, ENGL 2XX 6
Analyzing & Interpreting Literature 50 ENGL 1XX 3
Biology 50 BIOL 105, 106 6
Calculus 50 MATH 101, 102, 165 11
Chemistry 50

70

CHEM 105

CHEM 105, 106

3

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 ENGL 215, ENGL 2XX 6
Financial Accounting (max credit earned is 3 hours) 50

65

ACCT 1XX

ACCT 205

3

3

French Language 50 FREN 101, 102 6
German Language 50 GERM 1XX 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 HUMA 1XX 3
Information Systems & Computer Applications 50 CIS 231 3
Introduction to Educational Psychology 50 PSYC 1XX 3
Introductory Business Law 50 BSAD 221 3
Introductory Psychology 50 PSYC 101 3
Introductory Sociology 50 SOCI 151 3
Natural Sciences 50 BIOL 1XX

GEOL 1XX

3

3

Precalculus 50 MATH 101, 108 7
Principles of Macroeconomics 50 ECON 212 3
Principles of Management 50 MNGT 1XX 3
Principles of Marketing 50 MKTG 1XX 3
Principles of Microeconomics 50 ECON 211 3
Social Sciences and History 50 HIST 1XX 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 and Sophomore (lower-level) courses where there is no direct equivalent are articulated as 100- or 200-level, 1XX or 2XX.