CLEP Credits and other Credits-by-Exam

CUNY Baccalaureate allows students to earn a maximum of 30 non-classroom credits which includes credit-by-examination.

There are a number of opportunities for students to receive credit by examination, including the New York University Language Proficiency Exam (offered in over 40 languages), CLEP (College-Level Examination Program, administered by The College Board), the DANTES program (Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support), Excelsior College Examinations. We DON’T administer these exams. 

CLEP is the most common credit-by-exam program. Three credits will be awarded per exam when the earned score is at least 50, the equivalent of a C grade; 6 credits will be awarded for the College Composition exam. For each of the world languages, there’s only one exam covering both Level 1 and 2 content. Six credits will be awarded for Level 1 (a score of 50) and a total of nine credits will be awarded for both Levels 1 and 2 (a score of 59 on French Language, 60 on German Language, and 63 on Spanish Language). Students who have already earned credit in a foreign language are not eligible to receive exam credit for that language.

On the day of the exam, students should select ‘CUNY Graduate Center’ as their institution to have their score report sent to CUNY BA. Any requests for score reports after that should use the code 7188 for CUNY BA.

Exams in Liberal Arts subjects can be applied toward the CUNY BA Liberal Arts and Sciences requirement. The below chart shows which Pathways General Education requirements relevant exams can be applied to.

Students should consult their academic advisor prior to taking any examination for credit to confirm what degree requirements that particular exam may fulfill.

Exam Minimum Score Credits Pathways Requirement Designation
Composition and Literature (all Liberal Arts)      
American Literature
(no credit for optional essay)
50 3 U.S. Experience
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature (no credit for optional essay) 50 3 Creative Expression
English Literature (no credit for optional essay) 50 3 World Cultures
College Composition 50 6 English Comp 1+2
Humanities 50 3 Creative Expression
Foreign Languages (all Liberal Arts)      
French (Level 1, first two semesters) 50 6 World Cultures
French (Level 2, first four semesters) 59 9 World Cultures
German (Level 1, first two semesters) 50 6 World Cultures
German (Level 2, first four semesters) 60 9 World Cultures
Spanish (Level 1, first two semesters) 50 6 World Cultures
Spanish (Level 2, first four semesters) 63 9 World Cultures
History and Social Sciences (all Liberal Arts)      
American Government 50 3 U.S. Experience
Human Growth and Development 50 3 Individual and Society
Introduction to Educational Psychology 50 3 Individual and Society
Introductory Psychology 50 3 Individual and Society / Scientific World
Introductory Sociology 50 3 Individual and Society
Principles of Macroeconomics 50 3 Individual and Society
Principles of Microeconomics 50 3 Individual and Society
History U.S. I: Early Colonization to 1877 50 3 U.S. Experience
History U.S. II: 1865 to the Present 50 3 U.S. Experience
Western Civiliz. I: Anc. Near East-1648 50 3 World Cultures
Western Civiliz. II: 1648 – Present 50 3 World Cultures
Social Science and History 50 6 Individual and Society
Science and Mathematics (all Liberal Arts)      
Biology 50 6 Life & Physical Science / Scientific World
Chemistry 50 6 Life & Physical Science / Scientific World
College Algebra 50 3 Math & Quantitative Reasoning
College Mathematics 50 6 Math & Quantitative Reasoning
Pre-Calculus 50 3 Math & QR / Scientific World
Calculus 50 4 Math & QR / Scientific World
Natural Science 50 6 Life & Physical Science / Scientific World
Financial Accounting 50 3 Elective
Introductory Business Law 50 3 Elective
Info Systems/Computer Applications 50 3 Elective
Principles of Management 50 3 Elective
Principles of Marketing 50 3 Elective


Other credit-by-exam options are:

New York University Foreign Language Proficiency Testing

Exams are available in over 40 languages for a maximum of either 12 credits or 16 credits. For Pathways, these exams can be applied to the World Cultures requirement.

School of Continuing Education Foreign Language Department
10 Astor Place, Room 505
New York, NY 10003 (212) 998-7030 (phone) (212) 995-4139 (fax)

If you wish to have any of the following exams applied toward general education requirements, please consult your CUNY BA academic advisor prior to taking the exam. (We DON’T administer these exams.) 


Excelsior College Exams

ssessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces is a Web-based, artificially intelligent assessment and learning system. Students can receive college credit for American Council on Education (ACE) credit-recommended ALEKS courses. To receive credit, a student must assess at 70% or greater on the course material for an ACE credit-recommended ALEKS course and be registered with the ACE Credit Online Transcript System. Once ALEKS and ACE have confirmed the student’s completed work in ALEKS, an ACE transcript is provided. The ACE transcript can then be used to request up to three semester hours of college credit per course at educational institutions that grant credit for ACE credit-recommended courses.