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College Algebra

If you have taken College-Level Exam Program (CLEP) exams, you may be able to earn Penn State credit.

Score must be equivalent to the American Council on Education (ACE) recommended score to receive credit as indicated in the schedule below.

  • Clep Exam Area: Science and Mathematics
  • Clep Exam: College Algebra
  • Penn State Credit Evaluation: MATH 021--College Algebra I: 3 Credits

More Information about Credit for CLEP Exams

This evaluation of the credits awarded for College-Level Examination Program examinations is subject to change and may be reviewed and revised periodically by Penn State faculty.

Undergraduate students interested in receiving credit for CLEP exams should arrange to have their official grade reports sent to Undergraduate Admissions directly from CLEP

If credit is awarded, a student’s University record will carry notation of credit, but no grade will be recorded. Credit awarded will not affect a student’s grade-point average at Penn State.

Limitations on credit earned through the CLEP exams are as follows: 

  • The credit must be useful in a student's program of study.
  • Duplicate credit in the same subject is not awarded in any case.

General credits may be awarded for a CLEP exam that covers material that is not the substantial equivalent of material covered in a specific University course. General credits may be used to fulfill degree requirements in any area; such use is not necessarily limited to General Education or elective requirements. General credits are applied to a student’s program of study in accordance with the procedures established by the college of enrollment. Information on the use of general credits or specific course credits earned by CLEP exams in individual programs of study may be obtained from a student’s academic adviser or from the office of the dean of a student’s college.