Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS) students have the option of receiving credit through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) after matriculation. CLEP credit is considered transfer credit and is limited to a total of 30 credits. CLEP credit is included in the maximum 90 transfer credits that BLS are able to use toward their degree.
Details about CLEP Credit
Students wishing to transfer in CLEP credit while attending UMW must fill out the Permission to Take Classes at Another Institution form, which is available on the registrar’s webpage, prior to taking the exam. If you have any questions, please contact the Registrar’s Office at (540) 654-1063.
Visit the Registrar’s website for a current list of CLEP Equivalencies.
- CLEP credits are generally used to fill elective credit and do not substitute required upper division major courses; however, they can fill lower division courses.
- You cannot receive duplicate credit for a course. For example, if you already have credit for BLAW 201: Introduction to Business Law, take a different test. Check the equivalency guide and the list of exam topics to view all subjects offered.
- These tests are affordable! However, choose carefully and talk with your advisor if you aren’t sure about whether or not you need to take one, or should take one.
- Study hard. You will have to wait several months to retake the same test if you don’t pass.
- Take your test in the early fall, so if you don’t pass you can retake it in the spring. If you are taking one in spring of your graduation term, take it as early as possible so your test score has plenty of time to arrive. Scores must be in before the transfer credit deadline.
- Use the online study guides and practice tests, available from the CLEP website. Check your local library or bookstore for CLEP study books.
- You must obtain the minimum score for each exam, as noted on the CLEP website and the equivalency guide.
For further information, including testing sites near you, see the College Board website.