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 SubjectScoreTCU EquivalentCredit
Art
Art History310043
Introduction to Art History
3 sem. hrs.
Studio Art: Drawing10103
Drawing I
3 sem. hrs.
Biology310003
Contemporary Issues in Biology
3 sem. hrs.‡ 
10000 
General Biology
4 sem. hrs.‡ 
10000
General Biology
10511
Introductory Biology Lab II
10513
Introductory Biology II
8 sem. hrs.‡ 
Chemistry  10113
General Chemistry I
3 sem. hrs. 
10113
General Chemistry I
10125 
General Chemistry II with Laboratory
8 sem. hrs. 
Chinese  10153
Beginning Chinese I
10163 
Beginning Chinese II
6 sem. hrs. 
10153
Beginning Chinese I
10163
Beginning Chinese II
20053 
Intermediate Chinese I
9 sem. hrs.
10153
Beginning Chinese I
10163
Beginning Chinese II
20053
Intermediate Chinese I
20063 
Intermediate Chinese II
12 sem. hrs. 
Computer Science
A4 or 5 10403 
Introduction to Programming
3 sem. hrs. 
Economics  
Macroeconomics 10233 
Introductory Macroeconomics
3 sem. hrs. 
Microeconomics 10223 
Introductory Microeconomics
3 sem. hrs. 
English
Language and Composition 310803 
Introductory Composition: Writing as Inquiry
3 sem hrs. 
Language and Composition 4 or 5 10803
Introductory Composition: Writing as Inquiry
20803 
Intermediate Composition: Writing Argument
6 sem hrs. 
Literature and Composition 10803 
Introductory Composition: Writing as Inquiry
3 sem hrs. 
Literature and Composition 4 or 5 10803
Introductory Composition: Writing as Inquiry
10103 Introduction to Fiction
6 sem hrs. 
Environmental Science4 or 5 10000
Contemporary Environmental Issues
3 sem hrs. 
History
American History 4 or 5 10603
United States History: A Survey to 1877
10613 
United States History: A Survey since 1877
6 sem. hrs. 
European History 4 or 5  10223 
Modernization and its Discontents: Europe 1789 to the Present
3 sem. hrs. 
World History 4 or 5  10550
World History
3 sem. hrs. 
Human Geography4 or 5 10500 
Human Geography
3 sem. hrs.
Mathematics
Calculus AB 10283 
Applied Calculus
3 sem. hrs.
Calculus AB 4 or 5 10524 
Calculus I
4 sem. hrs. 
Calculus BC 3 or 4 10524 
Calculus I
4 sem. hrs. 
Calculus BC 10524
Calculus I
20524 Calculus II 
8 sem. hrs. 
Statistics 3, 4, or 5 10043 
Elementary Statistics
3 sem. hrs. 
Modern Languages
French Language/Literature 10153
First Semester College French
10163 
Second Semester College French
6 sem. hrs. 
French Language/Literature 10153
First Semester College French
10163
Second Semester College French
20053
Third Semester College French 
9 sem. hrs. 
French Language/Literature 10153
First Semester College French
10163
Second Semester College French
20053
Third Semester College French
20063
Fourth Semester College French 
12 sem. hrs. 
German, Latin, Italian10153
Beginning German I
10163
Beginning German II
6 sem. hrs. 
German, Latin, Italian10153
Beginning German I
10163
Beginning German II
20053
Beginning German III
9 sem. hrs. 
German, Latin, Italian10153
Beginning German I
10163
Beginning German II
20053
Beginning German III
20063 
Intermediate German
12 sem. hrs. 
Spanish Language/Literature 10103
Spanish for Beginners 1
10203
Spanish for Beginners 2
6 sem. hrs. 
Spanish Language/Literature 10103
Spanish for Beginners 1
10203
Spanish for Beginners 2
20103
Intermediate Spanish 1 20203
Intermediate Spanish 2
12 sem. hrs. 
Spanish Language/Literature 10103
Spanish for Beginners 1
10203
Spanish for Beginners 2
20103
Intermediate Spanish 1
20203 
Intermediate Spanish 2
12 sem. hrs. 
Physics
Physics 14 or 510154
General Physics I with Laboratory
4 sem. hrs.
Physics 24 or 5 10164
General Physics II with Laboratory
4 sem. hrs. 
C - Mechanical4 or 5 20474
Physics I with Laboratory: Mechanics
4 sem. hrs. 
C - Electricity & Magnetism 4 or 5 20484 
Physics II with Laboratory: Electromagnetism and Optics
4 sem. hrs.
Political Science
U.S. Government 3, 4 or 5 10000 
American Government
3 sem. hrs. 
Comparative Government and Politics3, 4 or 5 10000 
Political Science
3 sem. hrs. 
Psychology4 or 510500 
Introduction to Psychology
3 sem. hrs. 

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

CLEP SubjectScoreTCU EquivalentCredit
American Government5510000
US Government
3 sem. hrs.
Biology
Biology5510003
Contemporary Issues in Biology
3 sem. hrs. ‡
Biology6510511
Introductory Biology Lab II
10513
Introductory Biology II
4 sem. hrs. ‡
Chemistry
Chemistry6510113
General Chemistry I
3 sem. hrs.
Chemistry7010113
General Chemistry I
10125
General Chemistry II with Laboratory
8 sem. hrs.
Economics
Principles of Macroeconomics5510233
Introductory Macroeconomics
3 sem. hrs.
Principles of Microeconomics5510223
Introductory Microeconomics
3 sem. hrs.
English  (with essay)
English Composition5510803
Introductory Composition: Writing as Inquiry
3 sem. hrs.
(TCU does not accept the College Composition Modular)
History/Civilization
History of the United States I5510603
United States History: A Survey to 1877
3 sem. hrs.
History of the United States II5510613
United States History: A Survey since 1877
3 sem. hrs.
Western Civilization I5510203
Origins of Western Civilization: Europe to 1348
3 sem. hrs.
Western Civilization II5510223
Modernization and its Discontents: Europe 1789 to the Present
3 sem. hrs.
Humanities5510200
Humanities
6 sem. hrs.
Introductory Psychology6510500
Introduction to Psychology
3 sem. hrs.
Introductory Sociology5510500
Introduction to Sociology
3 sem. hrs.
Mathematics
Calculus6510524
Calculus I
4 sem. hrs.
Modern Languages
French or German Language5010153
First Semester College French or Beginning German I
10163
Second Semester College French or Beginning German II
6 sem. hrs.
French Language6210153
First Semester College French
10163
Second Semester College French
20053
Third Semester College French
20063
Fourth Semester College French
12 sem. hrs.
German Language6310153
Beginning German I
10163
Beginning German II
20053
Beginning German III
20063
Intermediate German
12 sem. hrs.
Spanish Language5010103
Spanish for Beginners 1
10203
Spanish for Beginners 2
6 sem. hrs.
Spanish Language6610103
Spanish for Beginners 1
10203
Spanish for Beginners 2
20103
Intermediate Spanish 1
20203
Intermediate Spanish 2
12 sem. hrs.
Natural Sciences5510210
Natural Science
6 sem. hrs.
Social Sciences and History5510200
Social Science
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.

International Baccalaureate

IB SubjectScoreTCU EquivalentCore CodeMax Credit*
Art (Visual)5, 6, 7 HLARHI 10000FAR3 sem. hrs.
5, 6, 7 HLARHI 102003 sem. hrs.
Biology5, 6 HLBIOL 10003NSC3 sem. hrs.
7 HLBIOL 10501/3, 10511/3NSC (10501/3)8 sem. hrs.
Business & Management5, 6, 7 HLBUSI 102006 sem. hrs.
Chemistry6 HLCHEM 101133 sem. hrs.
7 HLCHEM 10113, 10125NSC (10125)8 sem. hrs
Economics5, 6, 7 HLECON 10223SSC3 sem. hrs.
5, 6, 7 HLECON 10233SSC3 sem. hrs.
English
Language A5, 6 HLENGL 10103HUM, LT3 sem. hrs.
7 HLENGL 10103, 10133HUM, LT6 sem. hrs.
Language B5, 6, 7 HLENFL 10103, 10113 6 sem. hrs.
Film5, 6, 7 HLFTDM 102003 sem. hours
Geography5, 6, 7 HLGEOG 10000SSC3 sem. hrs.
5, 6, 7 HLGEOG 102003 sem. hrs.
Geology5, 6, 7 HLGEOL 10113NSC3 sem. hrs.
5, 6, 7 HLGEOL 102003 sem. hrs.
History
Americas5, 6, 7 HLHIST 10500SSC, HT3 sem. hrs.
5, 6, 7 HLHIST 10000HT3 sem. hrs.
Europe5, 6, 7 HLHIST 10000HT6 sem. hrs.
Information Technology in a Global Society5, 6, 7 HLCITE 102006 sem. hrs.
Mathematics/Math Studies6, 7 SLMATH 10000MTH4 sem. hrs.
6, 7 HLMATH 10000, 10524MTH8 sem. hrs.
Modern Languages
French5, 6, 7 HLFREN 20053, 200636 sem. hrs.
German5, 6, 7 HLGRMN 20053, 200636 sem. hrs.
Greek5, 6, 7 HLGREE 20053, 200636 sem. hrs.
Japanese5, 6, 7 HLJAPN 20053, 200636 sem. hrs.
Spanish5, 6, 7 HLSPAN 20103, 202036 sem. hrs.
Language  (not taught at TCU)5, 6, 7 HLLANG 200006 sem. hrs.
Philosophy5, 6, 7 HLPHIL 100033 sem. hrs.
Physics5, 6, 7 HLPHYS 10154, 10164NSC8 sem. hrs.
Political Science
Global Politics5, 6, 7 HLPOSC 10000SSC3 sem. hrs.
Psychology5, 6, 7 HLPSYC 10500, 102006 sem. hrs.
Religion5, 6, 7 HLRELI 10000HUM, RT3 sem. hrs.
5, 6, 7 HLRELI 102003 sem. hrs.
Sociology5, 6, 7 HLSOCI 10500SSC3 sem. hrs.
5, 6, 7 HLSOCI 102003 sem. hrs.
Theatre Arts5, 6, 7 HLTHEA 10000FAR3 sem. hrs.
5, 6, 7 HLTHEA 102003 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.

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.