Southwestern Community College's Assessment Center is a national test site for CLEP exams.  Through this program students are allowed to earn college credit by examination.  All CLEP exams are computerized.  Computerization offers many benefits, including flexible test scheduling, instantaneous scoring and credit-granting decisions, and enhanced test-development processes.

Subject Examinations
Thirty-four subject examinations are designed to test achievement on specific subject matter in the following areas:

Subject Area  Test Required Score Credit Hours SWCC Equivalency 
Composition and Literature        
  American Literature 50 SWCC Equivalency 
  Analyzing and Interpreting Literature 50 LIT 110 American Literature to Mid-1800's 
  College Composition 50 ENG 105 Composition I 
  College Composition Modular 50 ENG 105 & ENG 106 Composition I & II (faculty review and approval of writing and research) 
  English Literature 50 LIT 140 British Literature I 
  Humanities 50 Core/Humanities 
Foreign Language        
  College French Levels 1 & 2 50/59 6/9  Humanities Elective 
  College German Levels 1 & 2 50/60 6/9 Humanities Elective
  College Spanish Levels 1 & 2 50/63 6/9  FLS 141 & FLS 142 Elementary Spanish I & II OR FLS 141 Elementary Spanish I, FLS 142 Elementary Spanish II and three additional HUM 999 Humanities Electives.
  College Spanish with Writing Levels 1 & 2 50/65 6/12 FLS 141 & FLS 142 Elementary Spanish I & II OR FLS 141 Elementary Spanish I, FLS 142 Elementary Spanish II and six additional HUM 999 Humanities Electives.
History and Social Sciences        
  American Government 50  POL 111 American national Government 
  History of the United States I: Early Colonization to 1877 50  3 HIS 151 U.S. History to 1877 
  History of the United States II: 1865 to the Present 50 HIS 152 U.S. History since 1877 
  Human Growth and Development 50 Developmental Psychology 
  Introduction to Educational Psychology 50 PSY 281 Educational Psychology 
  Introductory Psychology 50 PSY 111 Introduction to Psychology 
  Introductory Sociology 50 SOC 110 Introduction to Sociology 
   Principles of Macroeconomics 50 ECN 120 Principles of Macroeconomics 
  Principles of Microeconomics 50 ECN 130 Principles of Microeconomics 
  Social Sciences & History 50 Core/Social Sciences 
  Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648 50 HIS 110 Western Civilization: Ancient to Early Modern 
  Western Civilization II: 1648 to the Present 50 HIS 111 Western Civilization: Early Modern to Present 
Science and Mathematics        
  Biology 50 BIO 105 Introductory Biology 
  Calculus 50 MAT 210 Calculus I 
  Chemistry 50 CHM 166 General Chemistry I 
  College Algebra 50 MAT 120 College Algebra 
  College Mathematics 50 MAT 110 Math for Liberal Arts 
  Natural Sciences 50 Core/Science - Non-Lab 
  Precalculus 50  MAT 127 College Algebra & Trigonometry
  Financial Accounting 50 ACC 131 Principles of Accounting I 
  Introductory Business Law 50 BUS 185 Business Law I 
  Information Systems and Computer Applications 50 CSC 110 Introduction to Computers 
  Principles of Management 50 3 MGT 101 Principles of Management
  Principles of Marketing 50 3 MKT 110 Principles of Marketing

Subject exams are 90 minutes long and are composed of multiple-choice questions.

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Frequently Asked Questions About CLEP Exams

  • Where and when are the examinations given?

Examinations are given by appointment in the Southwestern Assessment Center, located in room 215 of the Instructional Center.

To register by phone, call 641.782.1330 or 641.782.1320.

  • How much does it cost to take an examination for credit?

Effective July 1, 2019, a $109 fee is charged for each CLEP test. $89 is paid to CLEP and SWCC receives $20. All CLEP® exam payments must be made by test-takers online through the My Account portal. Go to and then go to register for a test. When test-takers sign up for CLEP exams on My Account, they are issued a registration ticket to confirm their CLEP exam purchase and are required to then contact their test center of choice to schedule an appointment to take an exam. When registering and checking in test-takers only have the capability to select “Voucher” as the payment method. The Voucher ID which is found in the upper right corner of the registration ticket is entered in the voucher field on test day. SWCC’s $20 administration fee is paid on test day. Payment may be cash, check or major credit card.

ETS may charge an additional fee to cover the processing and handling of the optional essays for Freshman College Composition, English Literature, Analyzing and Interpreting Literature, and American Literature.

CLEP credits will be recorded on academic transcripts at Southwestern for a fee of $15 after the student has completed 12 credit hours with Southwestern. The type of exam will be noted on the transcript.

  • Will CLEP credit transfer?

More than 2,800 colleges and universities recognize CLEP and award college credit based on acceptable test scores and individualized policies.  However, Southwestern does not assume responsibility for transferability of CLEP credits.  It is always recommended that an individual contact the school they are wanting to transfer credit to and ask about acceptability and specific policy.

  • How is CLEP credit awarded at Southwestern?

Southwestern will award credit based on obtained scores.   American Council on Education (ACE) recommended credit-granting scores of 50 will be accepted as the minimum for receiving credit.  A maximum of 30 semester hours will be allowed for CLEP Exams.  Credit by exam will not be granted if it duplicates courses previously passed or failed, for a course for which the student does not meet the stated prerequisites listed in the college catalog, or for a course which is a prerequisite to one for which credit has previously been earned.

A minimum of 12 hours of college credit must be earned at Southwestern before CLEP credit may be applied to the permanent record.

Credit earned through CLEP will not be given grades nor will it be considered in determining grade point.

For more information regarding the CLEP exam, contact Southwestern's Assessment Center, 641.782.1320.