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CLEP Examinations at Iowa Western

Exam Required Score Semester Hrs. Iowa Western Equivalency
American Government 50 3 POL 111 American National Government
American Literature 50 6 LIT 110 American Literature to Mid 1800s
LIT 111 American Literature since Mid 1800s
Biology 50 8 BIO 112 General Biology I
BIO 113 General Biology II
Calculus 50 5 MAT 211 Calculus I
Chemistry 50 5 CHM 166 General Chemistry I
College Algebra 50 4 MAT 121 College Algebra
College Composition
       (with Essay)
50 6 ENG 105 Composition I
ENG 106 Composition II
English Literature 50 6 LIT 140 British Literature I
LIT 141 British Literature II
Financial Accounting 50 3 ACC 121 Principles of Accounting I
History of the US I 50 3 HIS 151 US History to 1877
History of the US II 50 3 HIS 152 US History Since 1877
Human Growth & Dev 50 3 PSY 121 Developmental Psychology
Information Systems & Computer Applications 50 3 CSC 110 Introduction to Computers
Introductory Business Law 50 3 BUS 185 Business Law I
Introduction to Educational Psychology 50 3 PSY 281 Educational Psychology
Introductory Psychology 50 3 PSY 111 Introduction to Psychology
Introductory Sociology 50 3 SOC 110 Introduction to Sociology
Pre-Calculus 50 5 MAT 129 Pre-Calculus
Principles of Macroeconomics 50 3 ECN 120 Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Management 50 3 MGT 101 Principles of Management
Principles of Marketing 50 3 MKT 110 Principles of Marketing
Principles of Microeconomics 50 3 ECN 130 Principles of Microeconomics
Spanish Language 50
FLS 141, 142 Elementary Spanish I & II
FLS 141, 142, & FLS 241 Intermediate Spanis I
Spanish with Writing 50
FLS 141, 142 Elementary Spanish I & II
FLS 141, 142, & FLS 241 Intermediate Spanish I
Western Civilization I 50 3 HIS 110 Western Civilization Ancient to Early Modern
Western Civilization II 50 3 HIS 111 Western Civilization Early Modern to Present


Who is eligible? Anyone who is enrolled in high school (or the equivalent) is eligible for CLEP. There are no age limitations. Students who are enrolled at IWCC may apply credits earned by CLEP examination toward their degree. However, new students entering college directly from high school are encouraged to consult with their counselor or with an admissions advisor about the advisability of their participation in the program.

How will credit be awarded for CLEP?CLEP-earned credits will be recorded on the student’s Iowa Western transcript only if they are enrolled and attending IWCC. Because students are not awarded a letter grade, test scores are not used when computing the student’s grade point average. Credit cannot be awarded if the student has already earned college credit for an equivalent course.

Will CLEP credit at IWCC transfer to other institutions? CLEP credit earned at IWCC usually transfers to other colleges or universities. However, Iowa Western does not assume responsibility for the transferability of CLEP credits.

Do CLEP credits from other institutions transfer to IWCC? Credit will be given only for the courses listed and only if the required score was met.  Iowa Western must receive a CLEP transcript directly from the College Board in order to award credit.

Will I be charged tuition for CLEP hours completed at Iowa Western? There will be no charge for tuition or recording CLEP credits on a student’s transcript.

Where and when are the examinations given? Examinations are given by appointment on the second floor of the Student Center. Students need to bring photo identification. The exams are 90 minutes long.

How will I know my results? All exams are computer-based. The results are displayed on the screen upon completion of the test, with the exception of College Composition that includes an essay, for which results will be mailed to the student in 4 to 6 weeks.

What can I do to prepare? Visit the CLEP website at to order study materials, including the CLEP Official Study Guide (approx. $25) and individual subject guides (approx. $10). These resources contain descriptions of the exams, sample questions and answers, test-taking tips, and more.

Can I retake a CLEP test? You cannot repeat an examination of the same title within three months of the initial testing date. If you do retake within the three-month period, the scores will be invalid. 

How much does it cost? Students pay the $89 CLEP fee by creating an account at  Students pay the $30 administration fee to Iowa Western’s Business Office prior to testing.

How can I set an appointment? You may call Iowa Western at 1-800-432-5852 or 712-325-3200 to set a date and time.