College Level Examination Program
Virginia Wesleyan College participates in the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). CLEP is a national program of credit-by examination that offers the opportunity to obtain recognition for college-level achievement. CLEP offers 33 exams in five subject areas (business, composition and literature, world languages, history and social sciences, and science and mathematics.) The exams cover material taught in courses that are generally taken in the first two years of college.
VWC is not currently a test site. Currently enrolled students must complete the application on the following page. Once permission is granted by the Registrar’s Office, the exam may be scheduled. The Score Report should be sent by the College Board directly to
Office of the Registrar
Virginia Wesleyan College
1584 Wesleyan Drive
Norfolk, VA 23502
Review VWC’s CLEP policy below and “Continue” to request permission to proceed with CLEP testing.
- CLEP credit is treated and accepted as equivalent to lower-level baccalaureate work. CLEP examinations may be taken and credit may be accepted at any time prior to a student’s last 32 semester hours which must be taken in residence at VWC.
- To be considered for credit, a student must score at or above the 50th percentile.
- A student may earn up to 32 semester hours through CLEP. This credit may be used to satisfy degree requirements in the same way as the college work which the tests replace.
- The five CLEP survey exams (no longer available) are general in nature. Because of the broad range of these tests, a student may take one course in the subject area covered by the exam before taking one of the CLEP general exams. If a student has taken and passed one course in English Composition, only three semester hours (instead of six may be received for general examination in English composition.
- A student may not earn credit through CLEP for lower-level course work if credit has previously been earned for more advanced work in the subject area.
- CLEP credit may not be duplicate credit. A student may not be awarded credit through CLEP for course work in which college credit has already been received, completed the course equivalent at VWC or has transferred that credit in from another institution.
- Credit earned through CLEP is treated as transfer credit. It is recorded in semester hours on the student’s transcript, but no grades or quality points are given.
- The appropriate academic departments, in consultation with the registrar, shall make the final decisions regarding the awarding of credit for CLEP. Credit awarded for CLEP may be revised as a result of periodic review by the faculty.