Credit by Exam
Through several methods, above-average students may earn academic credit for college-level learning by taking an examination in the appropriate area. The following points are the student’s responsibility and should be noted.
- Credit granted can be used to satisfy specific, general or elective degree requirements, as determined by the academic dean.
- Credit by examination is not assigned a letter grade and is not counted toward special recognition or honors.
- It is the responsibility of the student to discuss pending AP, CLEP, IB or SAT Subject Tests results with his or her academic advisor prior to registration. Duplicate credit is not allowed for credit by examination and class work.
- Credit by examination will not be granted in a lower-level course once credit has been awarded by class work or exam in a more advanced course.
- Credit by examination must be documented by an official score report from the examining agency. It will not be taken from another college or university transcript.
- Currently enrolled TCU students should obtain prior approval from their academic dean before taking CLEP examinations.
- Credit by examination may be awarded only in the first 66 semester hours of college credit.
- Credit may not be earned by examination in any course previously failed, audited or taken for noncredit at TCU.
- Credit for departmental examinations awarded by other institutions will not transfer to TCU.
For specific information, click the name of the examination program below:
College Board Advanced Placement Program (AP)
|AP Subject||Score||TCU Equivalent||Credit|
|Art History||3||10043||3 sem. hrs.|
|Studio Art: Drawing||3||10103||3 sem. hrs.|
|Biology||3||10003||3 sem. hrs.‡|
|4||10000||4 sem. hrs.‡|
|5||10000, 10511/3||8 sem. hrs.‡|
|Chemistry||4||10113||3 sem. hrs.|
|5||10113, 10125||8 sem. hrs.|
|Chinese||3||10153, 10163||6 sem. hrs.|
|4||10153, 10163, 20053||9 sem. hrs.|
|5||10153, 10163, 20053, 20063||12 sem. hrs.|
|A||4 or 5||10403||3 sem. hrs.|
|Macroeconomics||4||10233||3 sem. hrs.|
|Microeconomics||4||10223||3 sem. hrs.|
|Language and Composition||3||10803||3 sem hrs.|
|Language and Composition||4 or 5||10803, 20803||6 sem hrs.|
|Literature and Composition||3||10803||3 sem hrs.|
|Literature and Composition||4 or 5||10803,10103||6 sem hrs.|
|Environmental Science||4 or 5||10143||3 sem hrs.|
|American History||4 or 5||10603, 10613||6 sem. hrs.|
|European History||4 or 5||10223||3 sem. hrs.|
|World History||4 or 5||10550||3 sem. hrs.|
|Human Geography||4 or 5||10500||3 sem. hrs.|
|Calculus AB||3||10283||3 sem. hrs.|
|Calculus AB||4 or 5||10524||4 sem. hrs.|
|Calculus BC||3 or 4||10524||4 sem. hrs.|
|Calculus BC||5||10524, 20524||8 sem. hrs.|
|Statistics||3, 4, or 5||10043||3 sem. hrs.|
|French Language/Literature||3||10153, 10163||6 sem. hrs.|
|French Language/Literature||4||10153, 10163, 20053||9 sem. hrs.|
|French Language/Literature||5||10153, 10163, 20053, 20063||12 sem. hrs.|
|German, Latin||3||10153, 10163||6 sem. hrs.|
|German, Latin||4||10153, 10163, 20053||9 sem. hrs.|
|German, Latin||5||10153, 10163, 20053, 20063||12 sem. hrs.|
|Spanish Language/Literature||3||10103, 10203||6 sem. hrs.|
|Spanish Language/Literature||4||10103, 10203, 20103, 20203||12 sem. hrs.|
|Spanish Language/Literature||5||10103, 10203, 20103, 20203||12 sem. hrs.|
|Physics 1, 2||4 or 5||10154, 10164||8 sem. hrs.|
|C - Mechanical||4 or 5||20474||4 sem. hrs.|
|C - Electricity & Magnetism||4 or 5||20484||4 sem. hrs.|
|U.S. Government||3, 4 or 5||10000||3 sem. hrs.|
|Comparative Government and Politics||3, 4 or 5||10000||3 sem. hrs.|
|Psychology||4 or 5||10500||3 sem. hrs.|
College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)
|CLEP Subject||Score||TCU Equivalent||Credit|
|American Government||55||10000||3 sem. hrs.|
|Biology||55||10003||3 sem. hrs. ‡|
|Biology||65||10511/3||4 sem. hrs. ‡|
|Chemistry||65||10113||3 sem. hrs.|
|Chemistry||70||10113, 10125||8 sem. hrs.|
|Principles of Macroeconomics||55||10233||3 sem. hrs.|
|Principles of Microeconomics||55||10223||3 sem. hrs.|
|English (with essay)|
|English Composition||55||10803||3 sem. hrs.|
|(TCU does not accept the College Composition Modular)|
|History of the United States I||55||10603||3 sem. hrs.|
|History of the United States II||55||10613||3 sem. hrs.|
|Western Civilization I||55||10203||3 sem. hrs.|
|Western Civilization II||55||10223||3 sem. hrs.|
|Humanities||55||10200||6 sem. hrs.|
|Introductory Psychology||65||10500||3 sem. hrs.|
|Introductory Sociology||55||10500||3 sem. hrs.|
|Calculus||65||10524||4 sem. hrs.|
|French or German Language||50||10153, 10163||6 sem. hrs.|
|French Language||62||10153, 10163, 20053, 20063||12 sem. hrs.|
|German Language||63||10153, 10163, 10173, 20063||12 sem. hrs.|
|Spanish Language||50||10103, 10203||6 sem. hrs.|
|Spanish Language||66||10103, 10203, 20103, 20203||12 sem. hrs.|
|Natural Sciences||55||10210||6 sem. hrs.|
|Social Sciences and History||55||10200||6 sem. hrs.|
SAT Subject Tests
Students will receive 6 hours of second year language credit for the following languages by presenting the necessary scores on the SAT Subject Tests as indicated:
- Chinese 630
- French 640
- German 630
- Hebrew 540
- Italian 630
- Japanese 620
- Latin 630
- Spanish 630
Placement: Scores between 500 and the scores listed above on the SAT Subject Tests test allow placement without credit in second year language courses on a trial basis.
|IB Subject||Score||TCU Equivalent||Core Code||Max Credit*|
|Art (Visual)||5, 6, 7 HL||ARHI 10000||FAR||3 sem. hrs.|
|5, 6, 7 HL||ARHI 10200||3 sem. hrs.|
|Biology||5, 6 HL||BIOL 10003||NSC||3 sem. hrs.|
|7 HL||BIOL 10501/3, 10511/3||NSC (10501/3)||8 sem. hrs.|
|Business & Management||5, 6, 7 HL||BUSI 10200||6 sem. hrs.|
|Chemistry||6 HL||CHEM 10113||3 sem. hrs.|
|7 HL||CHEM 10113, 10125||NSC (10125)||8 sem. hrs|
|Economics||5, 6, 7 HL||ECON 10223||SSC||3 sem. hrs.|
|5, 6, 7 HL||ECON 10233||SSC||3 sem. hrs.|
|Language A||5, 6 HL||ENGL 10103||HUM, LT||3 sem. hrs.|
|7 HL||ENGL 10103, 10133||HUM, LT||6 sem. hrs.|
|Film||5, 6, 7 HL||FTDM 10200||3 sem. hours|
|Geography||5, 6, 7 HL||GEOG 10000||SSC||3 sem. hrs.|
|5, 6, 7 HL||GEOG 10200||3 sem. hrs.|
|Geology||5, 6, 7 HL||GEOL 10113||NSC||3 sem. hrs.|
|5, 6, 7 HL||GEOL 10200||3 sem. hrs.|
|Americas||5, 6, 7 HL||HIST 10500||SSC, HT||3 sem. hrs.|
|5, 6, 7 HL||HIST 10000||HT||3 sem. hrs.|
|Europe||5, 6, 7 HL||HIST 10000||HT||6 sem. hrs.|
|Information Technology in a Global Society||5, 6, 7 HL||CITE 10200||6 sem. hrs.|
|Mathematics/Math Studies||6, 7 SL||MATH 10000||MTH||4 sem. hrs.|
|6, 7 HL||MATH 10000, 10524||MTH||8 sem. hrs.|
|French||5, 6, 7 HL||FREN 20053, 20063||6 sem. hrs.|
|German||5, 6, 7 HL||GRMN 20053, 20063||6 sem. hrs.|
|Greek||5, 6, 7 HL||GREE 20053, 20063||6 sem. hrs.|
|Japanese||5, 6, 7 HL||JAPN 20053, 20063||6 sem. hrs.|
|Spanish||5, 6, 7 HL||SPAN 20103, 20203||6 sem. hrs.|
|Language (not taught at TCU)||5, 6, 7 HL||LANG 20000||6 sem. hrs.|
|Philosophy||5, 6, 7 HL||PHIL 10003||3 sem. hrs.|
|Physics||5, 6, 7 HL||PHYS 10154, 10164||NSC||8 sem. hrs.|
|Global Politics||5, 6, 7 HL||POSC 10000||SSC||3 sem. hrs.|
|Psychology||5, 6, 7 HL||PSYC 10500, 10200||6 sem. hrs.|
|Religion||5, 6, 7 HL||RELI 10000||HUM, RT||3 sem. hrs.|
|5, 6, 7 HL||RELI 10200||3 sem. hrs.|
|Sociology||5, 6, 7 HL||SOCI 10500||SSC||3 sem. hrs.|
|5, 6, 7 HL||SOCI 10200||3 sem. hrs.|
|Theatre Arts||5, 6, 7 HL||THEA 10000||FAR||3 sem. hrs.|
|5, 6, 7 HL||THEA 10200||3 sem. hrs.|
Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE, GCE A and AS Levels)
TCU awards 6-8 credit hours per A-Level subject in which a student scores a C or better.
TCU awards 3-4 credit hours per AS-Level subject in which a student scores a C or better.
Credit by Portfolio Assessment
Devised primarily for the experienced professional, “Credit by Portfolio Assessment” is available in some, but not all academic fields at TCU. Limited credit may be granted for a portfolio demonstrating learning gained through college-level life experience. The portfolio is assessed by TCU faculty. Details of this program are available from the Office of Extended Education, 817.257.7130.
Advanced Standing Examinations in Nursing
Prospective students who have had previous nursing education and nursing experience, the necessary prerequisite course credits and the required cumulative grade point average may be eligible to take advanced standing examinations in nursing.
Registered nurses from associate degree and diploma programs may be granted credit on the basis of examination. All advanced standing examinations in nursing may include both written and performance components. Credit by portfolio assessment is also available.
Licensed vocational nurses with extensive clinical experience may also qualify for credit by examination for lower level course work. The cost is the same per semester hour for theory and practicum courses. The courses and credit hours for both credit by examination and portfolio assessment are limited.
Prospective students are requested to write or contact the Director of Harris School of Nursing to discuss their programs and their eligibility status for advanced standing examinations.
Conference Examinations in Music
Upon the recommendation of the School of Music, credit may be given for the following courses as specified below. The fee is $10 per semester hour.
Music 10201, 10211
Students with an extensive background in aural and oral skills are encouraged to apply through the School of Music to take an examination assessing their ability in these areas. This examination may lead to advanced standing.
Music 10203, 10213
Students with formal training in general music literacy, including the writing of four-part harmony, are encouraged to apply through the School of Music for an individual conference and examination. This examination may lead to advanced standing.
Audition Examinations in Ballet and Modern Dance
Audition Examinations in Ballet and Modern Dance Entering students majoring in dance are frequently qualified by the quality, intensity and level of pre-college and/or professional instruction and experience to enter the dance program at the sophomore or junior level in technique and/or repertory courses.
Those dance majors with prior training comparable to TCU studio courses may apply for an audition to receive advanced placement credit. Those students wishing advanced standing in repertory must demonstrate through a placement class and/or a portfolio or other means of documentation that they have done professional training and performance comparable to the course content offered at TCU. Courses for which credit may be permitted are:
In technique courses:
Ballet 10103, 10113, 20103, 20113 3-12 sem. hrs.
Modern 10203, 10213, 20203, 20213 3-12 sem. hrs.
In repertory and performance courses:
Ballet 10322, Modern 10442 2-4 sem. hrs.
Ballet 30162, 30182, 40192 2-6 sem. hrs.
Modern 30242, 30262, 40272 2-6 sem. hrs.
Upon recommendation of the School of Classical & Contemporary Dance, credit may be granted for the above courses: the fee is $10 per semester hour.