Does It Matter What I Score on a CLEP Test?
What do you have to score to pass a CLEP test? Well, CLEP scores are important, but there are two kinds of ways that schools look at CLEP scores.
*CLEP Scores #1
This school doesn't care what you score, as long as you score above their standard threshold for a pass. WHAT? It means that if you school requires CLEP scores of 50 or higher on the College Mathematics CLEP then you will receive the same credit if you score a 50, 51, 65 or 72. It will appear on your transcript as a "pass" - it won't affect your GPA. Most schools use this policy, because it is just easier to administer and it's the way "everybody else is doing it." In addition, most schools will accept a 50 as a passing score, but you should ALWAYS check with your academic advisor or counselor to find out the school's policy about CLEP scores.
*CLEP Scores #2
This type of school awards a letter grade A, B, C - based on the score that you receive. These are a much more rare way to determine CLEP scores.
For example, if you score a 50-61 you will receive a C, if you score a 62-70 you will receive a B, if you score 71+ you will receive an A. For this school in particular, it is more important than ever to find out what the school will accept for a passing score and what the cut score is. The most popular school that uses this system is Excelsior college. The above scores are just an example. The rankings are different for each school and for each test.
Regardless of how your school awards their CLEP scores, a pass is a pass. Even if you get 50 or a C, you still skipped three plus months of class time, homework, commuting, reading, homework and parking. Now, wasn't that worth it?
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