Credit by Examination


Are you in high school but want to get a head start on earning your bachelorís degree at the University of North Texas? We offer several ways to accomplish that even before enrolling in your first class as an incoming freshman.

By completing Advanced Placement (AP) courses and exams, College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) subject exams or International Baccalaureate (IB) exams, you can earn academic credit and test out of some UNT courses. This, in turn, helps you earn your degree sooner and start your career earlier than other students. These courses and exams can be taken during high school, at another college or university or once you enroll at UNT.

AP exams, necessary scores and equivalent courses are listed in the following section. CLEP and IB exams are reviewed by the dean who oversees your major to determine how they can apply to your degree. Credit by exam may not be:

  • Used to reduce certain general requirements, such as completing 30 credit hours at UNT
  • Granted for a prerequisite course
  • Substituted for any grade (including an F) that you earned for a course in high school, at UNT or at another college or university

The credit you earn through an exam wonít be included in your GPA, but itíll be included in your accepted credit hours and on your UNT transcript.

AP exams

Youíll need to complete an AP course offered by your high school to take an AP exam. Most Texas school districts offer the exams in May. Homeschooled students or students whose schools donít offer AP courses arenít required to complete an AP course before taking an exam. Hereís a breakdown of available AP courses and exams, the credit hours that can be earned and our course equivalent.


AP Exam AP exam score Credit hours UNT course equivalent
Composition and Literature
English language and composition 4 3 ENGL 1310
5 6 ENGL 1310, 1320
English literature and composition 4, 5 3 ENGL 2210
Fine arts
Art history 4, 5 6 ART 2350, 2360
Studio art - drawing portfolio 4, 5 3 ART 1500
Studio art - 2D design 4, 5 3 ART elective hours, 1000 or 2000 level
Studio art - 3D design 4, 5 3 ART 1450
Languages
Chinese Language and Culture 3 6 CHIN 1010, 1020
4 9 CHIN 1010, 1020, 2040
5 12 CHIN 1010, 1020, 2040, 2050
French language 3 6 FREN 1010, 1020
4 9 FREN 1010, 1020, 2040
5 12 FREN 1010, 1020, 2040, 2050
German language 3 6 GERM 1010, 1020
4 9 GERM 1010, 1020, 2040
5 12 GERM 1010, 1020, 2040, 2050
Italian Language and Culture 3 6 ITAL 1010, 1020
4 9 ITAL 1010, 1020, 2040
5 12 ITAL 1010, 1020, 2040, 2050
Japanese Language and Culture 3 6 JAPN 1010, 1020
4 9 JAPN 1010, 1020, 2040
5 12 JAPN 1010, 1020, 2040, 2050
Latin (Vergil) 3 6 LATI 1010, 1020
4 9 LATI 1010, 1020, 2040
5 12 LATI 1010, 1020, 2040, 2050
Spanish language 3 6 SPAN 1010, 1020
4 9 SPAN 1010, 1020, 2040
5 12 SPAN 1010, 1020, 2040, 2050
Mathematics
Calculus AB 3, 4, 5 4 MATH 1710
Calculus BC 3, 4, 5 7 MATH 1710, 1720
Calculus AB subscore for the Calculus BC exam 3, 4, 5 4 MATH 1710
Statistics 3, 4, 5 3 MATH 1680
Natural and computer sciences
Biology 3 6 BIOL 1112, 1122
4, 5 8 BIOL 1710/1730, 1720/1740
Chemistry 4 4 CHEM 1410/1430
5 8 CHEM 1410/1430, 1420/1440
Computer Science A 4, 5 4 CSCE 1030
Computer Science AB 4, 5 7 CSCE 1030, 1040
Environmental Science 3, 4, 5 3 BIOL 1132
Physics B 4, 5 8 PHYS 1410/1430, 1420/1440
Physics C (electricity and magnetism) 4, 5 4 PHYS 2220, 2240
Physics C (mechanics) 4, 5 4 PHYS 1710, 1730
Social sciences and history
Economics - macroeconomics 3, 4, 5 3 ECON 1110
Economics - microeconomics 3, 4, 5 3 ECON 1100
Government and politics - comparative 3, 4, 5 3 Political science elective hours
Government and politics - U.S. 3, 4, 5 3 PSCI 1050
History - European 3, 4, 5 6 History elective hours
History - U.S. 3, 4, 5 6 HIST 2610, 2620
History - World 3, 4, 5 6 HIST 1050, 1060
Human geography 3, 4, 5 3 GEOG 2170
Psychology 4, 5 3 PSYC 1630

CLEP subject exams

These exams are scheduled throughout the year at colleges and universities. We certify the credit if you score at or above the average national CLEP score for that subject.

A list of the CLEP subject exams you can take and the credit hours that can be applied toward your bachelorís degree starts below. For a current list of acceptable scores, contact our admissions office.

Exams administered at UNT are scheduled by appointment only. To schedule a CLEP exam at UNT, contact Counseling and Testing Services (located in the Gateway Center, Room 140) at 940-369-7617. You can also visit Counseling and Testing Services for more information.


CLEP subject exams Maximum semester credit hours
Languages
College French (two to four semesters, depending on score) 6-12
College German (two to four semesters, depending on score) 6-12
College Spanish (two to four semesters, depending on score) 6-12
Mathematics
Calculus with elementary functions 6
College algebra 3
Mathematics 3
Precalculus 5
Trigonometry 3
Natural Sciences
General biology 8
General chemistry 6
Social sciences and history
American government 3
History of the United States I 3
History of the United States II 3
Human growth and development 3
Introduction to educational psychology 3
Introductory psychology 3
Introductory sociology 3
Principles of macroeconomics 3
Principles of microeconomics 3
Western Civilization I 3
Western Civilization II 3

IB Program

We award a minimum of 24 credit hours for completing the IB program and receiving the IB Diploma, which requires a minimum score of 4 on all tests. If you complete an IB program but donít earn the diploma, you can receive college credit by scoring 5, 6 or 7 on the higher level IB exams. Credit is awarded as listed below.


IB examination Semester credit hours UNT course equivalent
Arabic - Language B 12 LANG 1010, 1020, 2040, 2050
Art/Design 3 ART 2900, counts as lower-level elective
Biology 8 BIOL 1710/1730, 1720/1740
Chemistry 8 CHEM 1410/1430, 1420/1440
Chinese - Language B 12 LANG 1010, 1020, 2040, 2050
Computer Science/ Computing Studies 7 CSCE 1030, 1040
Dance 3 DANC 2800
Danish - Language B 12 LANG 1010, 1020, 2040, 2050
Dutch - Language B 12 LANG 1010, 1020, 2040, 2050
Economics 3 ECON 1100
English Ė A Language (formerly English A1) 12 ENGL 1310, 1320, 2210, 2220
Environmental Systems 3 Elective credit
Film 3 Elective credit
French - Language B 12 FREN 1010, 1020, 2040, 2050
Geography 3 GEOG 1200
German - Language B 12 GERM 1010, 1020, 2040, 2050
Hebrew - Language B 12 LANG 1010, 1020, 2040, 2050
Hindi - Language B 12 LANG 1010, 1020, 2040, 2050
History 6 HIST 1060, HIST elective
History - Culture of the Islamic World 3 HIST elective
History of the Americas 3 HIST elective
Italian - Language B 12 ITAL 1010, 1020, 2040, 2050
Japanese -Language B 12 JAPN 1010, 1020, 2040, 2050
Management 3 MGMT elective
Mathematics 4 MATH 1710
Mathematic Studies 3 Elective credit
Music 3 Elective credit
Norwegian - Language B 12 LANG 1010, 1020, 2040, 2050
Physics 8 PHYS 1410/1430, 1420/1440
Portuguese 12 LANG 1010, 1020, 2040, 2050
Psychology 3 PSYC 1630
Russian - Language B 12 RUSS 1010, 1020, 2040, 2050
Spanish - Language B 12 SPAN 1010, 1020, 2040, 2050
Swedish - Language B 12 LANG 1010, 1020, 2040, 2050
Theater Arts 3 Elective credit
Visual Arts 3 Visual Arts elective