Many parents wonder how much high school credit to give their home-schooled student on their transcript when they take a College Level Examination Program (CLEP). Colleges award up to 6 college credits for some tests, and only 3 for others, so it’s understandable when parents get confused!
Every college has their own way of determining how much college credit they will award for CLEP tests, so there is no hard-and-fast rule to guide you about how much high school credit you should award your student on their transcript. A college will basically look at your transcript and make their own changes and determinations, so when it comes down to it, it doesn’t really matter how you decide. You could give your child 2 high school credits for a CLEP test that earned them 6 college credits, and a college might decide that they actually think it’s only worth one high school credit, so you just can’t tell. As the home-school parent, you are the administrator of your school, so the decision is really yours to make.
I think it’s easiest to give a student one high school credit for each CLEP test they take and pass, but it’s also important to include a designation of “honors” on those high school courses. After all, CLEP tests measure a college level of knowledge, so your home-school student who is successful on a CLEP test should get an “honors” designation. In addition, make sure not to give credit twice for a CLEP test. Students don’t get one credit for the course and then another credit for taking the test—just one credit overall. In the end, do what is easiest for your home-school, and let the colleges take it from there.