Credit Granting Policy

Before scheduling to take the CLEP exam at Suffolk University, please review the credit granting policy of your institution.

Non Suffolk Students

Please refer to the credit granting policy of the institution you are planning to send your CLEP scores to.

Suffolk Students

To receive credit at Suffolk University, CLEP examinations must be taken prior to your last 30 credits. CLEP credit will not be awarded in the senior year. Credit status is determined by the registrar. CLEP credit will not be granted for courses that are major requirements. A maximum of 32 semester hours of credit may be awarded for CLEP examinations. Of these 32 credits, a maximum of 16 semester hours may be general examinations, and a maximum of 16 semester hours may be subject exams. Students enrolled at Suffolk can only earn credit for specific CLEP exams. Please check the Credit Equivalency list for exams which count for credit at Suffolk.

The CLEP score that you receive must be at the 50th percentile or better in order to receive credit.

Suffolk University students that take either the biology or chemistry subject examinations are still required to complete the equivalent laboratory science courses.

CLEP Examination

Passing Score

  Credits

   Suffolk University Equivalent

American Government

50

   4

   GVT 110

American Literature

50

   8

   ENG 217 &ENG 218

Analyzing & Interpreting Literature  

50

   8

   CAS Electives

Biology

50

   6*

   BIO 101 & BIO 102

Calculus

50

   4

   MATH 165

Chemistry

50

   6*

   CHEM 111 & CHEM 112

College Algebra

50

   4

   MATH 104

College Mathematics

50

   8

   MATH 130 & MATH Elective

College Composition

50

   8

   WRI 101 & WRI 102

English Literature

50

   8

   ENG 213 & ENG 214

History of the United States I

50

   4

   HST 181

Humanities

50

   8

   Free Electives

Intro to Educational Psychology

50

   4

   EDUC 202

Intro to Macroeconomics

50

   3

   ECON 102

Intro to Microeconomics

50

   3

   ECON 101

Introductory Psychology

50

   4

   PSYCH 114

Introductory Sociology

50

   4

   SOC 113

Social Sciences & History

50

   8

   CAS Electives

*These CLEP Exams do not include credit for labs.  Suffolk does not currently give credit for the following CLEP Exams:
  • College Composition Modular
  • Financial Accounting
  • French Language
  • German Language
  • History of the United States II
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Information Systems and Computer Applications
  • Introductory Business Law
  • Natural Sciences
  • Pre-Calculus
  • Principles of Management
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Spanish Language
  • Western Civilization I
  • Western Civilization II

Contact Us

To request a seat to take a CLEP exam or learn more about our test center, please contact:

Email: studentsuccess@suffolk.edu
617-573-8034

Registration forms are located onsite at Suffolk University:

Division of Student Success
Suffolk University
73 Tremont St., 9th Floor
Boston, MA 02108