Undergraduate Program Area

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Students may elect to take one of the nationally standardized CLEP tests, which allow them to earn college credit. CLEP credits can satisfy prerequisites or reduce the number of courses needed for a degree. Before registering for a test, students must determine whether the credits may be applied to a specific program at SPS by petitioning to the Student Affairs Committee. CLEP credit does not satisfy the writing requirement. CLEP credit cannot be applied to majors or minors, or foreign language requirements. SPS accepts up to 11 units of credit from CLEP tests.

CLEP test applications and information about testing sites are available from both SPS offices. Additional information on CLEP can be found on the College Board website. The SPS CLEP code is 1578.

CLEP score reports are accepted via mail at:

Attn: [Program - CLEP]

Northwestern University School of Professional Studies

Wieboldt Hall, Sixth Floor

339 East Chicago Avenue

Chicago, Illinois 60611

The following charts list each exam, the minimum score required to receive credit, the units earned for successful completion of the exam and the equivalent SPS course that the student will earn credit. Please note, that "1xx" indicates the equivalent of a 100-level SPS course in which there is not an exact SPS equivalent.

Business

Exam

ACE
Recommended
Score

Units

SPS Equivalent
Course
Financial Accounting 50 1 ACCOUNT 201
Information Systems and Computer Applications 50 1 CIS 120a
Introductory Business Law 50 1 BUS LAW 201
Principles of Management 50 1 ORG BEH 1xx
Principles of Marketing 50 1 MKTG 201

Composition and Literature

Exam

ACE
Recommended
Score

Units

SPS Equivalent
Course
American Literature 50 2 ENGLISH 270
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature 50 2 ENGLISH 113
English Composition with Essay 50 2 No credit given
English Composition without Essay 50 2 No credit given
English Literature 50 2 ENGLISH 1xx
Freshman College Composition 50 2 No credit given

Humanities

50 2 Hum 1xx

Foreign Languages

Exam

ACE
Recommended
Score

Units

SPS Equivalent
Course
French Language, Level 1* 50 2 FRENCH 101-A,-B
French Language, Level 2** 59 3 FRNECH 101-A,-B,-C
German Language, Level 1* 50 2 GERMAN 101-A,-B
German Language, Level 2** 60 3 GERMAN 101-A,-B,-C
Spanish Language, Level 1* 50 2 SPANISH 101-A,-B
Spanish Language, Level 2** 63 3 SPANISH 101-A,-B,-C

* Level 1: equivalent to the first two quarter (or 2 units) of college-level foreign language course work

** Level 2: equivalent to the first three quarters (or 3 units) of college-level foreign language course work

CLEP credits do not satisfy the writing requirement and cannot be applied to the major, minor, or foreign language requirement.

History and Social Sciences

Exam

ACE
Recommended
Score

Units

SPS Equivalent
Course
American Government 50 1 POLI SCI 220
History of the United States I: Early Colonization to 1877 50 1 HISTORY 210a
History of the United States II: 1865 to the Present 50 1 HISTORY 210b
Human Growth and Development 50 1 PSYCH 218
Introduction to Educational Psychology 50 1 PSYCH 1xx
Introductory Psychology 50 1 PSYCH 110
Introductory Sociology 50 1 SOCIOL 110
Principles of Macroeconomics 50 1 ECON 201
Principles of Microeconomics 50 1 ECON 202
Social Sciences and History 50 2 SOCIOL 1xx
Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648 50 1 HISTORY 201-A
Western Civilization II: 1648 to Present 50 1 HISTORY 201-B

Science and Mathematics

Exam

ACE
Recommended
Score

Units

SPS Equivalent
Course
Biology 50 2 BIOL SCI 170
Calculus 50 1 MATH 220
Chemistry 50 2 CHEM 201
College Algebra 50 1 MATH 101
College Mathematics 50 2 MATH 1xx
Precalculus 50 1 MATH 113
Natural Sciences 50 2 NSCI 1xx