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College-Level Examination Program Scores

American River College grants credit for College Level Examination Program (CLEP) examinations. CLEP scores may be used to meet American River College AA/AS general education requirements and California State University (CSU) general education requirements; they do not fulfill graduation competencies, requirements for any major at American River College, or enrollment limitations (such as prerequisite requirements) for any course at American River College.

A student may receive credit for CLEP exams they have successfully passed once the following requirements are met:

  • Official copies of test scores are on file with Admissions and Records
  • Student has completed twelve (12) units of credit and has a minimum 2.0 grade point average (GPA)

Visit College Board's College Level Examination Program website to learn more.

CLEP scores are not accepted for transfer to the University of California. Students should be aware that other colleges and universities have the right to accept, modify, or reject the use of CLEP scores towards their graduation requirements. Check with your counselor to determine whether these test results will be accepted at the transfer institution of your choice.

American River College General Education CLEP Credit

The use of CLEP exam scores for American River College course credit and general education is determined by American River College policy.
CLEP Exam CLEP Score ARC Course Credit ARC GE Area Units Earned at ARC
American Government 50 N/A V(a) 3
American Literature 50 N/A I 3
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature 50 N/A I 3
Biology 50 N/A IV 3
Calculus 50 MATH 400 II(b) 3
Chemistry 50 N/A IV 3
College Algebra 50 MATH 120 II(b) 3
College Algebra – Trigonometry  50 N/A II(b) 3
English Literature 50 N/A I 3
French 59 N/A I 3
German 60 N/A I 3
History, US I 50 N/A V(a) 3
History, US II 50 N/A V(a) 3
Human Growth and Development 50 N/A III(b) 3
Humanities 50 N/A I 3
Introduction to Psychology 50 PSYC 300 V(b) 3
Introduction to Sociology 50 N/A V(b) 3
Natural Sciences 50 N/A IV 3
Pre-Calculus 50 MATH 370 II(b) 3
Principles of Macroeconomics 50 N/A V(b) 3
Principles of Microeconomics 50 N/A V(b) 3
Spanish 63 N/A I 3
Trigonometry 50 N/A II(b) 3
Western Civilization I 50 N/A I or V(b) 3
Western Civilization II 50 N/A V(b) 3


Visit CSU's CLEP webpage to find information on how credit is granted for admission and general education. Please note that each campus in the CSU system individually determines how it will apply external examination credit in the major. For more information about CLEP credit, consult a counselor.