Undergraduate Admission

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Testing and Other Resources

National Placement Tests

With all of the excitement surrounding your transition to college, it can be easy to forget a step or two. But one item you should not overlook is taking the ACT or SAT and having your test scores sent to Texas A&M University-Kingsville (TAMUK). Why is this so important? Your test scores are used to determine class placement and scholarship eligibility – and who could not use a little extra money to help pay for college?

Check out the upcoming test dates (and their registration deadlines!) for the SAT and ACT so you can be as prepared as possible. You can take either test, just be sure to report your scores to TAMUK. Taking care of this easy step will set you up for the best opportunities available to you as you embark on this new journey!

**Our SAT code is 6822 and our ACT code is 4212.


The ACT-Residual test is an acceptable alternative for students who plan to attend Texas A&M University-Kingsville and who were unable to take the SAT or ACT on a nationally scheduled test date. The scores from these tests are acceptable for admission at Texas A&M University-Kingsville only and can not be used at other institutions. The ACT-Residual is offered on the Texas A&M-Kingsville campus. Please register using the link below. If you have any questions, please call the Office of Admissions at 361-593-5372. We have limited space and materials available. Seating availability is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Testing begins promptly at 8:30 a.m. Tests scheduled during Javelina Preview day will begin promptly at 1 p.m. See Test Dates below for available test dates. Please report to the testing site 10-15 minutes early with an acceptable picture ID, ACT-approved calculator (optional), and pencils. Students cannot be admitted to the testing room after the designated start time. ACT requires a waiting period of 60 days between residual tests.


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.

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 (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)

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.

Entrance Examination Credit - Transfer Students

Credit by examination secured through another college or university must be clearly indicated on the official transcript from that institution for credit to be accepted by Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

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.

More testing resources are available at our Testing Center.