College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) consists of computer-based exams that enable students to earn college credit by examination. Anyone may take CLEP exams to demonstrate his or her college-level competency no matter how this knowledge has been acquired. 

Each CLEP exam is 90 to 120 minutes long (depending on the exam) and, except for College Composition, is made up primarily of multiple-choice questions.

The results are available immediately following the exam, with the exception of College Composition.

The essay portion of the College Composition exam is scored twice a month. If taking the College Composition exam close to the time of graduation, please allow sufficient time for the results to be received.

CLEP has a policy that candidates may not repeat an exam of the same title within six months. Scores of exams repeated earlier than six months will be canceled and test fees forfeited.

No limit is placed on the number of semester hours that can be gained through CLEP exams, although these hours do not count towards ODU’s residency requirements.

With a CLEP score of 50 or higher, the ODU credit and equivalency posted below will be applied to the student’s ODU transcript. All credit is listed on transcripts as ‘Z’ (credit by exam) and is not factored into the ODU grade point average.

The Business Office will bill $20.00 per credit hour to cover the cost of evaluating and recording CLEP results with passing scores.

For more information and help with preparation to take an exam, visit the College Board website at Or visit, which provides free study aid to those taking CLEP exams.

Consult with your academic advisor to be sure the CLEP exam you choose is appropriate for your program. Make certain you will not be taking an exam that is equivalent to either transfer or ODU credit you have already completed.
You must make Ohio Dominican University the score recipient so your results will come directly to ODU. Credit will not be posted until the official score report has been received from CLEP (which takes approximately two weeks, with the exception of College Composition, which may take up to four weeks due to the scoring of the essay portion of the exam.)

Columbus State Community College (CSCC) is ODU's local test center and is located in their Center for Workforce Development. All CSCC information is subject to change without notice. 

The fee for each exam is $77 (paid to CLEP) plus a $40 administration fee (paid to CSCC).

Exams are available by appointment. Hours vary; call (614) 287-5750 to arrange an exam time.

For more information, visit and click on Testing Services

You can also find other test centers in your area on College Board website

Composition & Literature
Exam ODU Course Credits
American Literature ENG 216 3
Analyzing & Interpreting Literature  ENG 214 3
College Composition Modular, no essay  ENG 110 3
College Composition, includes essay  ENG 111 3
English Literature ENG 215a 3
Humanities General Elective 3


Foreign Language
Exam ODU Course Credits
French-Level 1 FRN 110/111 6
French-Level 2  FRN 285 6 - with score 59 or above
German-Level 1  GRM 110/111 6
German-Level 2  GRM 285 6 - with score 60 or above
Spanish-Level 1 SPN 212 & 215 6
Spanish-Level 2 SPN 232 & 234 6 - with score 63 or above


History & Social Science
Exam ODU Course Credits
History of the United States I  HST 201 3
History of the United States II  HST 202 3
Human Growth & Development  PSY 224 3
Intro to Educational Psychology General Elective 3
Principles of Macroeconomics ECN 208 3
Principles of Microeconomics  ECN 207 3
Introductory Psychology  PSY 100 
Social Sciences & History  SOC 185
Introductory Sociology  SOC 101
Western Civilization I  HST 110
Western Civilization II  HST 111 3


Mathematics & Science
Exam ODU Course Credits
Calculus  MTH 24 4
College Algebra  MTH 127 3
College Mathematics  MTH 102 3 - will not fulfill math CORE requirement; can be used as prerequisite or elective credit.
Precalculus MTH 160 3
Biology BIO 185 4 - credits with score 50 to 56
Biology  BIO 201 4 - credits with score 57 or above
Chemistry  CHM 185  4 - credits with score 50 to 62 
Chemistry  CHM 109 4 - credits with score 63 or above
Natural Sciences  SCI 185


Business & Computer
Exam ODU Course Credits
Financial Accounting ACT 210 3
Information Sys & Computer Appl  CIS 185 3
Principles of Management  BUS 240 3
Introductory Business Law BUS 250 3
Principles of Marketing BUS 220 3



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