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Credit by Exam AP/IB/CLEP

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:

AP Subject Score TCU Equivalent Credit
Art      
Art History 3 10043
Introduction to Art History
3 sem. hrs.
Studio Art: Drawing 3 10103
Drawing I
3 sem. hrs.
 
Biology 3 10003
Contemporary Issues in Biology
3 sem. hrs.‡
  4 10000
General Biology
4 sem. hrs.‡
  5 10000
General Biology
10511
Introductory Biology Lab II
10513
Introductory Biology II
8 sem. hrs.‡
 
Chemistry 4 10113
General Chemistry I
3 sem. hrs.
  5 10113
General Chemistry I
10125
General Chemistry II with Laboratory
8 sem. hrs.
 
Chinese 3 10153
Beginning Chinese I
10163
Beginning Chinese II
6 sem. hrs.
  4 10153
Beginning Chinese I
10163
Beginning Chinese II
20053
Intermediate Chinese I
9 sem. hrs.
  5 10153
Beginning Chinese I
10163
Beginning Chinese II
20053
Intermediate Chinese I
20063
Intermediate Chinese II
12 sem. hrs.
 
Computer Science      
A 4 or 5 10403
Introduction to Programming
3 sem. hrs.
 
Economics      
Macroeconomics 4 10233
Introductory Macroeconomics
3 sem. hrs.
Microeconomics 4 10223
Introductory Microeconomics
3 sem. hrs.
 
English      
Language and Composition 3 10803
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 3 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 Science 4 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 Geography 4 or 5 10500
Human Geography
3 sem. hrs.
 
Mathematics      
Calculus AB 3 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 5 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 3 10153
First Semester College French
10163
Second Semester College French
6 sem. hrs.
French Language/Literature 4 10153
First Semester College French
10163
Second Semester College French
20053
Third Semester College French
9 sem. hrs.
French Language/Literature 5 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, Italian 3 10153
Beginning German I
10163
Beginning German II
6 sem. hrs.
German, Latin, Italian 4 10153
Beginning German I
10163
Beginning German II
20053
Beginning German III
9 sem. hrs.
German, Latin, Italian 5 10153
Beginning German I
10163
Beginning German II
20053
Beginning German III
20063
Intermediate German
12 sem. hrs.
Spanish Language/Literature 3 10103
Spanish for Beginners 1
10203
Spanish for Beginners 2
6 sem. hrs.
Spanish Language/Literature 4 10103
Spanish for Beginners 1
10203
Spanish for Beginners 2
20103
Intermediate Spanish 1 20203
Intermediate Spanish 2
12 sem. hrs.
Spanish Language/Literature 5 10103
Spanish for Beginners 1
10203
Spanish for Beginners 2
20103
Intermediate Spanish 1
20203
Intermediate Spanish 2
12 sem. hrs.
 
Physics      
Physics 1 4 or 5 10154
General Physics I with Laboratory
4 sem. hrs.
Physics 2 4 or 5 10164
General Physics II with Laboratory
4 sem. hrs.
C - Mechanical 4 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 Politics 3, 4 or 5 10000
Political Science
3 sem. hrs.
 
Psychology 4 or 5 10500
Introduction to Psychology
3 sem. hrs.
CLEP Subject Score TCU Equivalent Credit
American Government 55 10000
US Government
3 sem. hrs.
 
 
Biology      
Biology 55 10003
Contemporary Issues in Biology
3 sem. hrs. ‡
Biology 65 10511
Introductory Biology Lab II
10513
Introductory Biology II
4 sem. hrs. ‡
 
Chemistry      
Chemistry 65 10113
General Chemistry I
3 sem. hrs.
Chemistry 70 10113
General Chemistry I
10125
General Chemistry II with Laboratory
8 sem. hrs.
 
Economics      
Principles of Macroeconomics 55 10233
Introductory Macroeconomics
3 sem. hrs.
Principles of Microeconomics 55 10223
Introductory Microeconomics
3 sem. hrs.
 
English (with essay)      
English Composition 55 10803
Introductory Composition: Writing as Inquiry
3 sem. hrs.
(TCU does not accept the College Composition Modular)
 
History/Civilization      
History of the United States I 55 10603
United States History: A Survey to 1877
3 sem. hrs.
History of the United States II 55 10613
United States History: A Survey since 1877
3 sem. hrs.
Western Civilization I 55 10203
Origins of Western Civilization: Europe to 1348
3 sem. hrs.
Western Civilization II 55 10223
Modernization and its Discontents: Europe 1789 to the Present
3 sem. hrs.
 
Humanities 55 10200
Humanities
6 sem. hrs.
 
Introductory Psychology 65 10500
Introduction to Psychology
3 sem. hrs.
 
Introductory Sociology 55 10500
Introduction to Sociology
3 sem. hrs.
 
Mathematics      
Calculus 65 10524
Calculus I
4 sem. hrs.
 
Modern Languages      
French or German Language 50 10153
First Semester College French or Beginning German I
10163
Second Semester College French or Beginning German II
6 sem. hrs.
French Language 62 10153
First Semester College French
10163
Second Semester College French
20053
Third Semester College French
20063
Fourth Semester College French
12 sem. hrs.
German Language 63 10153
Beginning German I
10163
Beginning German II
20053
Beginning German III
20063
Intermediate German
12 sem. hrs.
Spanish Language 50 10103
Spanish for Beginners 1
10203
Spanish for Beginners 2
6 sem. hrs.
Spanish Language 66 10103
Spanish for Beginners 1
10203
Spanish for Beginners 2
20103
Intermediate Spanish 1
20203
Intermediate Spanish 2
12 sem. hrs.
 
Natural Sciences 55 10210
Natural Science
6 sem. hrs.
 
Social Sciences and History 55 10200
Social Science
6 sem. hrs.

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.
 
English  
Language A 5, 6 HL ENGL 10103 HUM, LT 3 sem. hrs.
  7 HL ENGL 10803, 10133 HUM, LT 6 sem. hrs.
Language B 5, 6, 7 HL ENFL 10103, 10113   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.
 
History  
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.
 
Modern Languages  
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.
 
Political Science  
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.

 

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.

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.