Credit By Examination

Credit By Examination

Pencil and Scan Tron ImageTexas A&M University-Kingsville may award credits by examination toward a bachelors 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.

Advanced Credit in English and Math based on ACT/SAT Scores

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.

Advanced Placement (AP)

Entering freshmen who have satisfactorily passed one or more of the Advanced Placement Examinations of the College Entrance Examination Board are eligible for university credit in appropriate courses. The examinations may be taken at approved high school testing centers, usually in May, by arrangement with the College Entrance Examination Board, Box 592, Princeton, NJ 08542. Requests for information and applications for tests should be mailed to this address. The placement examinations are different from the Achievement Test administered by 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)

College Level Examination Program Examination and Course Equivalency Guide (CLEP). CLEP is a local standardized examination administered on computer. Examinees receive immediate score reports for all exams with some exceptions. Credit by CLEP examinations is available in the courses listed below to any A&M-Kingsville students at any time during their college career. The exception is that students will not be eligible for credit in a course for which they have received credit in a more advanced course unless otherwise designated by the chair of the department in which the subject is offered. Both general and subject examinations are offered through the Testing Office. Information on time, examination fees and location for these tests may be obtained from the Testing Office at 361-593-3303.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

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.

Credit by Local Examination (Departmental)

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.

This page was last updated on: September 14, 2015