College Level Exam Program (CLEP)

What is the CLEP?

The CLEP is a national program of credit-by-examination sponsored by the College Entrance Board. These examinations may be taken at our Testing Center.

You may earn a maximum of 45 college credits through general or subject exams. We are a recognized CLEP testing center, so CLEP testing is also available for students from other colleges and universities. Scores may be sent to other institutions for applicable college credit.

To register for CLEP Testing go to and create an account.

Once you receive your admission ticket then schedule to take the test.

All testing takes place at Gateway's Boone Campus.

If you have questions call (859) 442-1159. There are official College Board CLEP study guides and practice tests available at the Boone and Urban Metro Campuses. On your scheduled testing date, please bring your non-expired ID and your College Board admissions ticket. There are CLEP Study Guides available at each campus library.

CLEP Study Resources 

You may contact CLEP on-line for exam descriptions and how to order a CLEP study guide.

Students other than Gateway Community & Technical College students, please contact your college or university to see what CLEP exams are accepted and what a passing score is for that particular school. 

CLEP Subjects

The following lists of subject examinations are those, which are accepted at Gateway Community & Technical College. They have been equated with specific courses offered at the college. Credit is awarded on a pass (P) basis, course per course. 

The following chart explains scores, hours, and equivalent Gateway Community & Technical College courses:


Scale Score for Credit Equivalent Course Credit Hours
Composition and Literature      
American Literature 53 or above ENG 251, 252


Analyzing and Interpreting Literature 55 ENG 261, 262 6
College Composition with Essay 50 ENG 105 3
English Literature 53 or above ENG 221, 222 6
College Composition Modular 50 ENG 101* 3

*Note to Gateway students: NKU will not accept this course as a transfer. This exam should only be an option for students seeking a terminal degree or diploma or students who are willing to take English 102 in addition to passing the CLEP exam for English 101.


Scale Score for Credit Equivalent Course Credit Hours
College Level Spanish 50-54 SPA 102, 201 7
College Level Spanish 55 or above SPA 102, 201, 202 10
College Level German 50-69 GER 201 3
College Level German 70 or above GER 201, 202 6
College Level French 50-69 FR 201 3
College Level French

70 or above

FR 201, 202 6



Scale Score for Credit Equivalent Course Credit Hours
Financial Accounting 50 ACC 201, 202 6



Scale Score for Credit Equivalent Course Credit Hours
History and Social Sciences      
American Government 50 or above PS 101 3
History of the United States I 60 HIS 108 3
History of the United States II 60 HIS 109 3
Introductory Psychology 51 PY 110 3
Principles of Macroeconomics 50 ECO 202 3
Principles of Macroeconomics 50 ECO 201 3
Introductory Sociology 50 SOC 101 3
Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648 60 HIS 104 3
Western Civilization II: 1648 to the Present 60 HIS 105 3



Scale Score for Credit Equivalent Course Credit Hours
Science and Mathematics      
College Mathematics 50 MT 145 3
College Algebra 50 MT 150 or MA 109 3
Calculus with Elementary Functions 50 MA 113 4
Pre Calculus 50 MT 160 5
Calculus 50 MT 175 5
General Biology 55-59 BIO 112 3
General Biology 60-64 BIO 112, 120 6
General Biology 65-80 BIO 150, 152 6
General Chemistry 55 or above CHE 105, 107 6

For further information about CLEP, contact the Testing Center Manager at (859) 442-1159, email Katie Carter, or visit the Testing Center: 

The Center for Advanced Manufacturing 
Boone Campus 
500 Technology Way 
Florence, KY 41011