Credit by examination

Advanced Placement Credit

Credit may be given in courses covered by the Advanced Placement Examination offered by the College Entrance Examination Board. Minimum scores range from 3 to 5 depending on the subject. If credit is given, the number of semester hours of credit allowed is determined by the extent of the college work covered by this examination. Specific information on the extent of credit awarded can be obtained from the Undergraduate Admissions Office.

College-Level Examination Program

Bradley University is committed to the principle that college-level achievement should be recognized and rewarded without regard to where, when, or how the knowledge was acquired. The University grants a maximum of 60 semester hours to those who earn scores on the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) examinations in the 50th percentile or higher on national college sophomore norms. Credit for CLEP may be used to satisfy General Education requirements. A maximum of 30 semester hours of credit may be earned by taking the General Examinations of the College-Level Examination Program. A maximum of 6 credits may be earned for each of the following subject areas: English Composition with essay, Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, and History. Students may also earn a maximum of 30 semester hours of credit by taking specific Subject Matter Examinations. Subject examinations are available in over 30 areas. The college in which a student is a major determines the applicability of CLEP credit toward degree requirements. For any English subject exam with an optional essay, the essay portion must be written and passed in order to receive credit at Bradley University. CLEP credit is transfer credit. As with other transfer credit, no CLEP credit will be accepted that duplicates credit already received from other sources. An official copy of the scores must be sent from the CLEP office, by request of the student, directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. The Bradley University Center for Testing offers CLEP testing by appointment. For additional information or to make an appointment contact the Director of the Division of Research and Testing at (309) 677-2424. Students new to Bradley should discuss CLEP credit with a counselor in Undergraduate Admissions. Current students wishing to transfer CLEP credit to Bradley should discuss CLEP credit with the Registrar’s Office. In all cases, an official copy of test scores must be sent from the CLEP office, by request of the student, directly to Bradley University.

For more information about the College-Level Examination Program, contact CLEP at (609) 771-7865 or visit