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CLEP Credits

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams test mastery of college-level material acquired through instruction, independent study, or extracurricular work.

While the University of South Carolina grants credit for certain CLEP exams, our minimum score requirements are different from the ACE recommendations. CLEP exams cannot be retaken for passing credit. For more on the University of South Carolina’s policy on CLEP exams, refer to the Exam Credit section of the Undergraduate Admissions Policies and Procedures bulletin.


CLEP Scores

Please send score reports directly to: 
Office of the University Registrar
University of South Carolina
1244 Blossom Street, Suite 106
Columbia, SC 29208

The CLEP code for the University of South Carolina is 5818

The new CLEP score requirements for Financial Accounting, Introductory Business Law, Principles of Management, and Principles of Marketing are based on the date the University receives the official score report, not when the exam is completed. For this reason it is recommended that students complete these particular CLEP examinations prior to January 31, 2021.

USC only accepts CLEP score reports directly from College Board in the official paper format via mail delivery. Transcript delivery typically takes 10–14 business days.

Test Name Score Needed to Receive Credit USC Credit Keywords
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Financial Accounting

50 (Effective until 2/28/2021)

72 (Effective beginning 3/1/2021)

ACCT 225 business
Introductory Business Law       

57 (Effective until 2/28/2021)

72 (Effective beginning 3/1/2021)

ACCT 324 business
American Government      65 POLI 201 political
History of the United States I        54 HIST 111 history
History of the United States II       55 HIST 112 history


BIOL 101 & BIOL 101L
BIOL 101, 101L, 102, 102L
Calculus        60 MATH 141 math
Chemistry    63 CHEM 111 science
Information Systems 60 CSCE 101 computer
Western Civilization I              57 HIST 101 history
Western Civilization II       56 HIST 102 history
Principles of Macroeconomics       54 ECON 222 business
Principles of Microeconomics       54 ECON 221 business
Introduction to Educational Psychology        50 EDPY 335 education, psychology
American Literature  55  ENGL 285 english
Principles of Management

56 (Effective until 2/28/2021)

72 (Effective beginning 3/1/2021)

MGMT 371 business
Principles of Marketing

55 (Effective until 2/28/2021)

72 (Effective beginning 3/1/2021)

MKTG 350 business
College Algebra 60 MATH 111 math
Precalculus 60 MATH 115 math
 Introductory Psychology 54 PSYC 101 psychology
College Composition    55
ENGL 101 
ENGL 101 & 102

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