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    Hey everyone,

    Does CLEP score counts toward your GPA?
    For exampe if I get 56 from Sociology, do they give you a specific grade or just write "passed" in your college transcript? I plan to start taking a lot of CLEP exams to finish my degree as soon as possible,but I don't want to ruin my GPA of 4.0 if the CLEP scores will be on lower side even if I pass it.

  • #2
    It depends on what school you're attending; you will have to ask your college advisor.

    For most schools, I believe any passing score counts as an A or just a pass. Some schools (I think Excelsior is an example), actually have cutoff scores where they assign letter grades depending on how high above passing you get.

    Failing an exam typically does not go on your transcript at any school.

    The bottom line is--check with your school to learn about their CLEP policy.
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    Steve, Webmaster

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    • #3
      I have only gotten "P" for passing...no letter grade assigned

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      • #4
        Actually Excelsior follows ACE's recommendation for letter grading CLEPs. Exams that do not have enough statistical information are only awarded pass/fail grades which do not count towards your GPA. You also need to at least 30 credits to come from graded exams/courses to have a GPA listed on your Bachelor's (18 for associate, I believe).

        Certain CLEP that have been revised, like Analyzing & Interpreting Literature and Introductory Psychology have lost their letter grading sometime in 2005!

        Also note that all DSSTs are graded. For more information about Excelsior's policy, download their Assessment Guide.
        Last edited by NeptuneHigh; 02-28-2006, 01:04 AM.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by NeptuneHigh
          Also note that all DSSTs are graded. For more information about Excelsior's policy, download their Assessment Guide.
          Here's a link to that guide: https://www.excelsior.edu/portal/pag..._schema=PORTAL
          Ana
          96 credits completed (93 by exam)
          BS in General Business, Excelsior College (33 credits remaining)
          Next exams: DSST Statistics, DSST Business Law 2
          Recently taken: DSST Drug/Alcohol (61), CLEP French (63), ECE Gerontology (B ), DSST MIS (65), DSST Counseling (54), DSST Ethics (63)

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          • #6
            Update from Excelsior

            Here's the response from Excelsior regarding the possibility of assigning grades to CLEPs in the future:
            I am sorry that we did not get back to you sooner about assigning letter grades to the CLEP exams. I spoke to someone at Test Administration and they said that it is unlikely that we will ever be able to go back to assigning letter grades to those CLEP exams that have gone Pass-Fail. The CLEP sponsoring organization made the decision to stop providing the full range of letter-grade equivalents in their technical information. Without that information, we have no basis for computing the appropriate score cuts.
            Ana
            96 credits completed (93 by exam)
            BS in General Business, Excelsior College (33 credits remaining)
            Next exams: DSST Statistics, DSST Business Law 2
            Recently taken: DSST Drug/Alcohol (61), CLEP French (63), ECE Gerontology (B ), DSST MIS (65), DSST Counseling (54), DSST Ethics (63)

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            • #7
              CLEP exams at Thomas Edison do not effect your GPA not one iota. You just get credit for the class.

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              • #8
                I think I understand what you're concerned about and the answer is that the pass/fail CLEP exams will not affect your GPA at Excelsior.

                Only the exams that have grade recommendations will count towards your GPA.

                If you pass a non-graded exam the only thing that will be affected is the number of credits banked or applied towards your degree, not the GPA. For example, suppose you had accumulated 15 credits from graded CLEPs or DSSTs and your computed GPA is 4.0 (all As) and now you pass the CLEP introductory Psychology exam say with the minimum score of 50. You would then have accumulated 18 credits and your computed GPA will remain 4.0 (the pass/fail Psychology exam does not affect your GPA and won't count towards the average as there is currently no grade recommendation for it).

                Fewer and fewer CLEPs have grade nowadays, all DSSTs are graded.

                (Check the link provided below by anar579 for Excelsior's grading/passing policy)

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Indriux
                  Hey everyone,

                  Does CLEP score counts toward your GPA?
                  For exampe if I get 56 from Sociology, do they give you a specific grade or just write "passed" in your college transcript? I plan to start taking a lot of CLEP exams to finish my degree as soon as possible,but I don't want to ruin my GPA of 4.0 if the CLEP scores will be on lower side even if I pass it.

                  EXCELSIOR COLLEGE CLEP/DANTES Exams With Letter Grades


                  CLEP Examinations
                  Examination Title "A" Score "B" Score "C" Score
                  American Government 69 58 50
                  American Literature 64 55 50
                  College Algebra 60 54 50
                  English Literature 67 55 50
                  Principles of Macroeconomics 61 54 50
                  Principles of Management 60 56 50
                  Principles of Microeconomics 60 54 50


                  DSST Exam Program
                  Examination Title "A" Score "B" Score "C" Score
                  Anthropology, General 55 50 47
                  Art of the Western World 56 51 48
                  Astronomy 55 50 48
                  Business Law II 54 48 44
                  Business Mathematics 53 49 48
                  Business, Introduction to 56 50 46
                  Civil War and Reconstruction 55 50 47
                  College Algebra, Fundamentals of 54 49 47
                  Computing, Introduction to 53 48 45
                  Counseling, Fundamentals of 52 47 45
                  Criminal Justice 56 52 49
                  Drug and Alcohol Abuse 53 51 49
                  Education, Foundations of 52 48 46
                  Environment and Humanity 54 50 46
                  Ethics in America 52 48 46
                  Finance, Principles of 56 50 46
                  Financial Accounting, Principles of 60 51 47
                  Here's to Your Health 54 50 48
                  Human Resource Management 55 50 46
                  Human/Cultural Geography 54 51 48
                  Law Enforcement, Introduction to 55 49 45
                  Life-Span Development Psychology 54 49 46
                  Management Information Systems 54 48 46
                  Modern Middle East, Intro to 55 49 47
                  Money and Banking 57 51 48
                  Organizational Behavior 54 50 48
                  Personal Finance 55 49 46
                  Physical Geology 57 50 46
                  Physical Science I, Principles of 55 50 47
                  Principles of Public Speaking 54 50 47
                  Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union 54 48 45
                  Statistics, Principles of 55 50 48
                  Supervision, Principles of 51 48 46
                  Technical Writing 53 48 46
                  Vietnam War, History of 53 47 44
                  Western Europe Since 1945 53 47 45
                  World Religions, Introduction to 55 50 48
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                  • #10
                    Pass/Fail = No effect on GPA

                    Originally posted by ShotoJuku
                    EXCELSIOR COLLEGE CLEP/DANTES Exams With Letter Grades
                    The exams that have no grade assigned will appear as pass/fail on your transcript. They do not affect your GPA.
                    Ana
                    96 credits completed (93 by exam)
                    BS in General Business, Excelsior College (33 credits remaining)
                    Next exams: DSST Statistics, DSST Business Law 2
                    Recently taken: DSST Drug/Alcohol (61), CLEP French (63), ECE Gerontology (B ), DSST MIS (65), DSST Counseling (54), DSST Ethics (63)

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