College Level Exam Program

SSU is a certified testing site for the CLEP. Did you know that passing a CLEP exam can earn you the same amount of credit that you'd get if you took and passed a college course covering the same material? Learn how to get credit for what you already know. Before you take a CLEP exam, review the CLEP policy of your college or university. If you pass a CLEP exam, you may earn up to 12 credits. The amount of credit you can earn on an individual CLEP exam varies with each college. Some colleges place a limit on the total amount of credit you can earn through CLEP.

The exams are for lower division credit, there is 1 that is only for upper division (Human Growth & Development HGDE) that is accepted at SSU. Other colleges and/or universities might have a different evaluation/credit system, check the each accordingly.

SCHEDULING (Monday - Friday, starting at 4pm)
The CLEP at SSU is an 'on-demand' test meaning examinees can schedule a testing session when they are ready to take the exam; provided there are open scheduling times during the work week, M-F starting at 4pm. The Testing Center is located in Salazar Hall 1060. See Location Link for campus map, parking & directions.

The registration for the CLEP is done the same day of the testing but it is greatly encouraged to register beforehand to same time. Link here:

1. Create an Account at
2. Order and pay for the exam(s) online using Credit Card
3. Print out the Registration Receipt and bring to Testing Center
4. Bring 2 forms of ID, Drivers License and Passport/GOV ID

CLEP Exams are $80.
Sonoma State fee is $25.

CLEP Test fees must be paid by credit card online, registering for a CLEP test the day of the exam can occur but it will take longer.. Examinees will first register online and pay with the card then and there. The SSU fee portion can be paid by credit card, cash or personal check to our Customer Service once you reach the Testing Office. Instructions will be given regarding this on the day of the exam, as this will be done first before registering for the CLEP exam itself.

It is the responsibility of the Examinee to know what CLEP exam(s) they are to take. The SSU Testing Center does not provide advising or recommendations as such.

Step 1: After Registration and ordering exam(s) with, contact Lu Vega directly to set up a date/time for taking the CLEP exam(s). Requests a date/time at least 3 days in advance with Lu Vega at 707-664-3437. Or email at: Be sure you are aware of the SSU testing service fee, campus parking fee and directions to our Testing Office. A Parking Permit will be required during the work-week. See Location link for map to campus here.

Step 2: The day of the exam, report to the SSU Testing Center office at Salazar Hall 1060 or 1070. You then can ask for 'Lu' and he will direct you to the next steps in the process. See location link in the Menu for campus map and directions to the campus. Make sure you have a valid credit card to pay for the test online, 2 valid US issued ID with picture and signature and know your Social Security number.

Step 3: If you are request special accommodations, we need a 2 week notice to make arrangements. You must request special accommodations through our Disability Office. Arrange to take the exam on either a regularly scheduled test date or at a specially scheduled administration. If you require special arrangements for testing, contact:

Disability Students Services at
707.664.2677 or
TDD 707.664.2958

For questions, please contact Lu Vega at the test center before you register.
For information on CLEP tests accepted at SSU, contact Admissions and Records: (707) 664-2778 or visit the current listing at: CLEP LIST or at end of this webpage.

Below you’ll find a listing of all of the current CLEP exams offered by College Board.

Composition and Literature

  • American Literature
  • Analyzing and Interpreting Literature
  • College Composition and College Composition Modular
  • English Composition
  • English Literature
  • Freshman College Composition
  • Humanities

Foreign Languages

  • French Language (Levels 1 and 2)
  • German Language (Levels 1 and 2)
  • Spanish Language (Levels 1 and 2)

History and Social Sciences

  • American Government
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Introduction to Educational Psychology
  • Introductory Psychology
  • Introductory Sociology
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Social Sciences and History
  • History of the United States I: Early Colonization to 1877
  • History of the United States II: 1865 to the Present
  • Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648
  • Western Civilization II: 1648 to the Present

Science and Mathematics

  • Biology
  • Calculus
  • Chemistry
  • College Algebra
  • College Mathematics
  • Natural Sciences
  • Pre-calculus


  • Financial Accounting
  • Introductory Business Law
  • Information Systems and Computer Applications
  • Principles of Management
  • Principles of Marketing

For more information on the CLEP & resources provided by ETS, visit their website at:

The following is what Sonoma State University allows for the CLEP credit:

CLEP Principles of Accounting = ACCT 50 4 BUS 230A (4 units)
CLEP Analyzing & Interpreting Literature AILIT 50 4 = ENGL 214 (4 units)(GE Area C2)
CLEP College Algebra ALGBR 50 3 = GE Area B4 (3 units)
CLEP College Algebra-Trig ALGTR 50 4 = MATH 107 (4 units)(GE Area B4)
CLEP American Government AMGOV 50 3 = GE Area D4 (3 units)& (US2 - Constitution)
CLEP American Literature AMLIT 50 8 = ENGL 237 (4 units) & ENGL 238 (4 units)
CLEP Biology BIOL 50 6 = BIOL 115 (3 units)(GE Area B2) (effective 8/15/2006)
CLEP Business Law: Intro BULAW 50 3 = Elective credit (3 units)
CLEP Calculus CALC 50 4 = MATH 161 (4 units)(GE Area B4)
CLEP Chemistry CHEM 50 5 = CHEM 115A (5 units)(GE Area B1)
CLEP Composition College ENGCE 50 4 = ENGL 101 (4 units)(GE Area A2)
CLEP English Literature ENLIT 50 4 = ENGL 240 (4 units)
CLEP French Level I FR 50-58 6 = Elective credit (6 units)
CLEP French Level II FR 59-80 12 = GE Area C3 (3 units) & Elective credit (9 units)
CLEP German Level I GM 50-58 6 = Elective credit (6 units)
CLEP German Level II GM 60 12 = GE Area C3 (3 units) & Elective credit (9 units)
CLEP History, United States I USH1 50 3 = GE Area D3 (3 units) Satisfies US1-History requirement
CLEP History, United States II USH2 50 3= GE Area D3 (3 units) Satisfies US1-History requirement
CLEP Human Growth & Development HGDEV 50 3 = PSY 302 (3 units)(GE Area E)
CLEP Humanities HUMAN 50 3 GE Area = C2 (3 units)
CLEP Information Systems & Computer Applications ISCA 50 3 = Elective credit (3 units)
CLEP Introduction to Educational Psychology EDPSY 50 3 = Elective credit (3 units)
CLEP Principles of Macroeconomics MACRO 50 4 = ECON 204 (4 units)(GE Area D5)
CLEP Principles of Microeconomics MICRO 50 4 = ECON 205 (4 units)(GE Area D5)
CLEP Natural Sciences NATSC 50 3 = GE Area B2 (3 units)
CLEP Pre-Calculus PRECA 50 3 = GE Area B4 (3 units)
CLEP Principles of Management MGMT 50 3 = Elective credit (3 units)
CLEP Intro Psychology PSY 50 3 = PSY 250 (3 units)(GE Area D1)
CLEP Spanish Language SPAN 50 8 = SPAN 101, 102 (8 units)(GE Area C3)
CLEP Spanish Language SPAN 63 12 = SPAN 101, 102, 201 (12 units)(GE Area C3)
CLEP Sociology SOC 50 3 = SOCI 201 (3 units)(GE Area D1)
CLEP Social Sciences SOCSC 50 3 = GE Area D1 (3 units)
CLEP Western Civilization I WCIV1 50 3 = GE Area D2 (3 units) Or Satisfies GE Area C2
CLEP Western Civilization II WCIV2 50 3 = GE Area D2 (3 units)
CLEP Generic Test Component GENR 50 3 = Elective credit (3 units)