Credit by Examination

Undergraduate students at A&M-Central Texas may be awarded course credit for specified levels of achievement on institutionally approved, standardized examination programs, such as Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), ACT/SAT subject tests, and International Baccalaureate (IB) degree. Undergraduate students who meet the required minimum credit-granting score(s) (see below) will be assigned a letter grade of P (pass) for the corresponding course equivalent(s).

  • It is the student’s responsibility to request and/or submit official score reports to Undergraduate Admissions.

  • Credit by examination cannot be assigned a letter grade and is not counted in grade point average (GPA) calculations or for residency and honors purposes.

  • Only lower-level course credit may be awarded.

  • No more than 60 credits by examination may be applied to an undergraduate degree.

  • Challenge examination credit granted by other institutions will not transfer to A&M-Central Texas.

  • For additional information regarding applicability of these tests to specific degree programs, students should contact an academic advisor.

Undergraduate students who demonstrate superior achievement on DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST), Excelsior College Examinations (UExcel), and the Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT) may also be considered for credit eligibility.  Eligibility will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. For more information, please contact Undergraduate Admissions.

Advanced Placement (AP)

The Advanced Placement program was created in cooperation with college and high school staff and faculty. The examination reflects mastery of the material generally agreed upon to be appropriate for introductory coursework at the college level. The tables below display the AP examinations that may be accepted for lower-division credit, the credit hours granted, and the equivalent course(s).

Arts

Exam Title Min. Score Required Semester Credit Hours Equivalent Course
Art History 3 6 ARTS 1303; ARTS 1304
Music Theory 3 6 MUSI 1311; MUSI 1312
Studio Art 2-D Design 3 3 ARTS 1311
Studio Art 3-D Design 3 3 ARTS 1312
Studio Art: Drawing 3 3 ART 1312

English

Exam Title Min. Score Required Semester Credit Hours Equivalent Course
English Language and Composition 3 6 ENGL 1301; ENGL 1302
English Literature and Composition 3 6 ENGL 1301; ENGL 2341 or ENGL 1301; ENGL 1302

History & Social Sciences

Exam Title Min. Score Required Semester Credit Hours Equivalent Course
Comparative Government and Politics 3 3 GOVT 2304
European History 3 3 HIST 2311; HIST 2312
Human Geography 3 3 GEOG 1302
Macroeconomics 3 3 ECON 2301
Microeconomics 3 3 ECON 2302
Psychology 3 3 PSYC 2301
United States Government and Politics 3 3 GOVT 2305
United States History 3 6 HIST 1301; HIST 1302
World History 3 6 HIST 2321; HIST 2322

Math & Computer Science

Exam Title Min. Score Required Semester Credit Hours Equivalent Course
Calculus AB 3 4 MATH 2413
Calculus BC 3 8 MATH 2413; MATH 2414
Computer Science A 3 3 COSC 1309
Computer Science Principles 3 3 COSC 1301
Statistics 3 3 MATH 1442

Sciences

Exam Title Min. Score Required Semester Credit Hours Equivalent Course
Biology 3 8 BIOL 1406: BIOL 1407
Chemistry 3 8 CHEM 1411: CHEM 1412
Environmental Science 3 4 ENVR 1401
Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism 3 4 PHYS 2426
Physics 1: Algebra-Based 3 4 PHYS 1401
Physics 2: Algebra-Based 3 8 PHYS 1401; PHYS 1402

World Languages & Cultures

Exam Title Min. Score Required Semester Credit Hours Equivalent Course
Chinese Languages & Culture 3 8 CHIN 1411; CHIN 1412
French Languages & Culture 3 8 FREN 1411; FREN 1412
German Languages & Culture 3 8 GERM 1411; GERM 1412
Italian Languages & Culture 3 8 ITAL 1411; ITAL 1412
Japanese Languages & Culture 3 8 JAPN 1411; JAPN 1412
Latin 3 8 LATI 1411; LATI 1412
Spanish Languages & Culture 3 8 SPAN 1411; SPAN 1412
Spanish Literature & Culture 3 8 SPAN 2411; SPAN 2412

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) for the College Board of Educational Testing Services provides examinations to measure achievement in specific college-level courses. Consistent with the credit-granting scores and semester hours recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE), the below tables display CLEP examinations that may be accepted for lower-division credit, the credit hours granted, and the equivalent course(s).

Business

Exam Title Min. Score Required Semester Credit Hours Equivalent Course
Financial Accounting 50 3 ACCT 2301
Information Systems 50 3 BCIS 1301
Introductory Business Law 50 3 BUSI 2301
Principles of Management 50 3 Lower Level Business Elective
Principles of Marketing 50 3 Lower Level Business Elective

Composition & Literature

Exam Title Min. Score Required Semester Credit Hours Equivalent Course
American Literature 50 3 ENGL 2341
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature 50 3 ENGL 2342
College Composition 50 3 ENGL 1301; ENGL 1302
College Composition Modular 50 3 Lower Level English Elective
English Literature 50 3 ENGL 2343
Humanities 50 3 HUMA 1301

History & Social Science

Exam Title Min. Score Required Semester Credit Hours Equivalent Course
American Government 50 3 GOVT 2305
History of the United States I 50 3 HIST 1301
History of the United States II 50 3 HIST 1302
Human Growth and Development 50 3 PSYC 2314
Introduction to Education Psychology 50 3 PSYC 1300
Introductory Psychology 50 3 PSYC 2301
Introductory Sociology 50 3 SOCI 1301
Principles of Macroeconomics 50 3 ECON 2301
Principles of Microeconomics 50 3 ECON 2302
Social Sciences and History 50 6 Lower Level Elective(s)
Western Civilization I 50 3 HIST 2311
Western Civilization II 50 3 HIST 2312

Science & Mathematics

Exam Title Min. Score Required Semester Credit Hours Equivalent Course
Biology 50 6 BIOL 1306; BIOL 1307
Calculus 50 4 MATH 2413
Chemistry 50 6 CHEM 1311; CHEM 1312
College Algebra 50 3 MATH 1314
College Mathematics 50 6 MATH 1332; Lower Level Math Elective
Natural Science 50 6 PHYS 1315; PHYS 1317
Pre-Calculus 50 3 MATH 2312

World Languages

Exam Title Min. Score Required Semester Credit Hours Equivalent Course
French Language Level 1 50 6 FREN 1311; FREN 1312
French Language Level 2 59 9 FREN 1311; FREN 1312; FREN 2311
German Language Level 1 50 6 GERM 1311; GERM 1312
German Language Level 2 60 9 GERM 1311; GERM 1312; GERM 2311
Spanish Language Level 1 50 6 SPAN 1311; SPAN 1312
Spanish Language Level 2 63 9 SPAN 1311; SPAN 1312; SPAN 2311

ACT/SAT Subject Tests 

Course credit may be awarded to students who score high on the ACT/SAT subject tests listed below. 

ACT/SAT Subject Test Credit and Course Equivalency Guide

Exam Title Min. Score Required Semester Credit Hours Equivalent Course
ACT Subject Test - English 28 3 ENGL 1301
SAT Subject Test - English (Prior to March 2016) 620 3 ENGL 1301
SAT Subject Test - English (March 2016 and forward) 480 3 ENGL 1301
ACT Subject Test - Math 24 3 MATH 1314
SAT Subject Test - Math (Prior to March 2016) 560 3 MATH 1314
SAT Subject Test - Math (March 2016 and forward) 530 3 MATH 1314

International Baccalaureate (IB)  

In compliance with SB111, A&M-Central Texas offers at least 24 hours of credit to all IB diploma candidates with subject exam scores of 4 or higher. Students with IB certificates or courses are evaluated on a subject-by-subject basis upon receipt of an IB transcript.

IB Credit and Course Equivalency Guide

Exam Title Min. Score Required Semester Credit Hours Equivalent Course
Biology SL 4+ 4 BIOL 1406
Biology HL 4+ 8 BIOL 1406, BIOL 1407
Chemistry SL 4+ 4 CHEM 1411
Chemistry HL 4+ 8 CHEM 1411, CHEM 1412
Economics SL 4+ 3 ECON 2301
English SL or HL 4+ 6 ENGL 1301, ENGL 1302
French SL or HL 4+ 6 FREN 1411, FREN 1412
German SL or HL 4+ 8 GERM 1411, GERM 1412
History SL or HL 4+ 8 HIST 1301, HIST 1302
Music SL or HL 4+ 3 MUSI 1311
Mathematical Studies SL 4+ 3 MATH 1332
Mathematics SL 4+ 3 MATH 1314
Mathematics HL 4+ 4 MATH 2401
Philosophy 4+ 3 PHIL 1301
Physics SL 4+ 8 PHYS 1401
Physics HL 4+ 8 PHYS 1401, PHYS 1402
Psychology SL or HL 4+ 3 PHYC 2301
Social and Cultural Anthropology 4+ 3 ANTH 2351
Spanish SL or HL 4+ 8 SPAN 1411, SPAN 1412
Theater Arts SL or HL 4+ 3 DRAM 1310