Credit by Examination

Students may earn academic credit for university-level learning by taking an examination in the appropriate area. Credit granted usually can be used to satisfy specific and general degree requirements. Credit by examination will not be awarded after the student has completed 66 hours of college credit.

For the currently enrolled student, the following conditions apply:

  1. The approval of the academic dean must be obtained before taking CLEP or other recognized examinations for credit.
  2. Credit by examination will not be awarded for a prerequisite course if credit has been earned in an upper-division course.
  3. Credit earned by examination is not assigned a letter grade and is not counted toward special recognition or honors.
  4. Duplicate credit is not allowed by enrolling in and completing a course for which credit was earned by examination.
  5. Credit may be earned through selected CLEP General and Subject examinations, College Board Achievement Test in Foreign Languages and through locally constructed examinations.

For the entering student, the following conditions apply:

  1. TCU grants credit in some subject areas through the following standardized examination programs: College Board Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), College Board Achievement Tests in Foreign Languages (ACH) and International Baccalaureate (IB).
  2. Credit may be obtained through the following institutional examinations: locally constructed examinations in nursing, conference examinations in music, audition examination in ballet and/or modern dance, and certain non-U.S. advance-level national examinations.
  3. Credit in English Composition earned by examination will be honored if it appears on an official college transcript.
  4. Students may demonstrate competency in a language other than English by meeting the TCU non-English language undergraduate requirement (and earn credit for this requirement) in a variety of ways. First, the student may meet the requirement by successful completion of coursework at TCU, or by approved transfer credit from another institution, as specified in each academic major and receive the number of credit hours earned in those courses. Additionally, a student may provide evidence of competency in the non-English language by 1) scores on standardized tests approved by the University, for which the student will receive three to 12 hours of credit depending on the examination score, or 2) successful completion of one academic year in a secondary or post-secondary institution in which the language of instruction is other than English, for which the student will receive 12 hours of credit.

The credit by examination procedures are reviewed and updated annually. The current brochure, Credit by Exam, is available in the Office of Admission, Sadler Hall Room 112.

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