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What is the passing score requirement for CLEP exams?

Getting a bit anxious here cause I’m about to take a CLEP exam pretty soon. Can anyone tell me what the universal passing score is, or does it differ by college? Also, are there any repercussions if you don't pass the first time?

7 months ago

Hey there! First of all, best of luck on your CLEP exam – it's great that you're taking initiative to earn college credit early. To answer your question, the 'passing' score for a CLEP exam is typically a 50, which is recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE). But here's the catch – individual colleges can set their own score thresholds for granting credit. It's not exactly 'universal,' so I'd recommend checking with the particular institution you’re aiming to get credit from. They often have this information listed on their admissions or registrar’s webpage.

If you don't pass on your first try, there's no need to worry. It's not like the SAT or ACT where your scores are part of your college application; CLEP scores are more like AP exam scores, in that you only report them if you want to claim college credit. And there's no penalty, as such, for failing other than the need to wait three months before you can retake the exam. This can actually be a hidden blessing, giving you extra time to study and really master the material. I always tell students that every experience is a learning opportunity, so even if you don't get the score you want the first time, you'll have gained valuable insight into the exam format and the type of content that’s covered. Keep your spirits high and your study habits strong!

Once again, good luck and feel free to reach out with any more concerns or questions you may have!

7 months ago

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