Southwest Tech recognizes that students come to college with experiences that have provided learning that equals or exceeds the learning that takes place in the classroom. A student has the option to test out of courses in which he/she feels the learning was achieved before coming to Southwest Tech.


College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) test is an assessment test developed by the College Board. In order for Southwest Tech to award credit for the course, a score of 50 must be achieved on the test, unless otherwise noted. The following tests are accepted for credit at Southwest Tech.

Tests marked with ** are for the University Transfer Liberal Arts program.

  • Business
  • CLEP Exam Course # Course Name Credits Issued
    Financial Accounting 10-101-111 Accounting 1 3
    Principles of Macroeconomics 20-809-211 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
    Introductory Business Law 10-102-109 Business Law 1 3
    Principles of Management 10-102-130 Management Principles 3
    Principles of Marketing 10-104-130 Marketing Principles 3
    Principles of Microeconomics 10-809-143 Principles of Microeconomics 3
  • History/Government
  • CLEP Exam Course # Course Name Credits Issued
    American Government 10-code Course American Government 3
    History of the United States I 20-803-211 American History 1607 - 1865 3
    History of the United States II 20-801-212 American History 3
    Social Sciences and History 20-803-211 American History 6
    Western Civilization I 3
    Western Civilization II 3
  • Science
  • CLEP Exam Course # Course Name Credits Issued
    Biology 20-806-234 General Biology 3
    Chemistry 10-806-109 or
    Fundamentals of Chemistry or
    College Chemistry 1
    Natural Sciences 6
  • Mathematics
  • CLEP Exam Course # Course Name Credits Issued
    Calculus Any 3 Credits of Math 4
    College Algebra 10-834-110 College Algebra 3
    College Mathematics 10-804-107 or
    31-804-305 or
    College Mathematics 3
    Precalculus 10-804-114 or
    College Technical Math 1B or
    Math Analysis
  • Foreign Language
  • CLEP Exam Course # Course Name Credits Issued
    French Language 9
    German Language 6
    Spanish Language College Mathematics 6
    Spanish Language with Writing 6
  • Social Science
  • CLEP Exam Course # Course Name Credits Issued
    Human Growth and Development 10-809-188 Developmental Psychology 3
    Introduction to Educational Psychology 3
    Introductory Psychology 10-809-198 Intro to Psychology 3
    Introductory Sociology 10-809-196 Intro to Sociology 3
    Humanities 3
  • Computer Science
  • CLEP Exam Course # Course Name Credits Issued
    Information Systems 3

Other CLEP tests are available and will be accepted as elective credits to a program. Please see the Prior Learning tab on your program page for more information on what is available for credit for prior learning in your program.

The College-Level Examination Program encourages candidates with disabilities to take CLEP examinations. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and other laws, a variety of testing accommodations are offered that optimize testing conditions for candidates with disabilities.

Registering For CLEP

To register for a CLEP test, visit and click on the exam you wish to take. If you scroll down, the topics covered on the CLEP are listed. At the top of the page, there is a link to purchase the test. The cost of the test is $89 and is paid to CLEP.

One you have purchased the test, call the Southwest Tech Testing Center (608-822-2313) to reserve a time to test. There is a charge of $20 per test to test in the Testing Center.

Preparing For CLEP

On the same page you order the testing, there is an option to purchase study guides. We recommend you use This site offers free courses to prep for the CLEP test.

Other Nationally Accredited Exams

Other nationally accredited exams are also accepted. If a student has documentation of an acceptable test score (transcript/report) for a nationally accredited exam, the student will submit it to Student Services. Potential exams include Advanced Placement (AP) with a score of 3 or higher, GED test score of 175 or higher, DSST (formally known as DANTES), or Excelsior exams. For other national exams, scores will be reviewed to determine if the score is acceptable. Southwest Tech will also accept CLEP test results taken at another testing center with the official transcript.