Credit By Examination
Texas A&M University-Kingsville (TAMUK) may award credits by examination toward a bachelor's degree provided that the scores meet established standards. We recognize that many students have gained relevant knowledge and experience which can be applied to an academic curriculum. In all cases, students must have an official score report sent to TAMUK for evaluation of credit. Information on policies and various testing options are below.
Entering freshmen who have submitted excellent scores on the ACT or SAT can be considered for and granted TAMUK college credit in Math and English based on their performance.
Entering freshmen (those who have less than 12 transferable semester credits taken after high school graduation) who have satisfactorily passed one or more of the Advanced Placement (AP) examinations from the College Board are eligible for university credit in appropriate courses. The examinations may be taken, usually in May, at approved high school testing centers through the College Board. Submission of examination scores and requests for credit in these courses should be directed to the Office of Admission.
College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is a national testing program of credit by examination by the College Entrance Board that offers you the opportunity to obtain recognition for college level achievement. The CLEP is a computer-based exam and examinees will receive immediate score reports for all exams except English Composition with Essay. Credit by CLEP examinations is available in designated courses to Texas A&M University-Kingsville students at any time during their college career. General and subject examinations are offered through the Academic Testing Center.
Texas A&M University-Kingsville will grant a minimum of 24 undergraduate credit hours or equivalent course credit in appropriate subject areas to an entering freshman student who has been awarded the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma with a minimum test score of four (4) on each examination administered as part of the diploma program. If a student receives a score of less than a four on an examination, he/she may receive less than 24 credit hours as an IB Diploma student. Non-IB Diploma holders will be granted credit for IB exams with a score of five (5) or higher based on the table below. The student must have the International Baccalaureate Organization submit to the Office of Admission the student's Transcript of grades for credit to be assessed.
Local examinations are available to students for organized class courses not designated for credit by the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). The student should contact the department in which the course is offered for information about the examinations. Eligibility will be determined by the department and will be dependent on a student’s particular qualifications due to study or work experience. The department will also determine whether or not the student’s performance on the local examination merits university credit and whether any further requirements for credit are to be met. Students may not receive credit by local examination in a subject in which they have already received a grade in the same course or in a more advanced course. There is no fee charged for these examinations.