Credit by Examination


Are you in high school but want to get a head start on earning your bachelor's degree at the University of North Texas? There are several ways for you to accomplish this 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 next section. (Information is subject to change.) 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 from an exam won't be included in your GPA, but it'll be included in your accepted credit hours and on your UNT transcript.

AP exams

You'll 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 don't offer AP courses aren't required to complete an AP course before taking an exam.

Here's 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
History of Art 4, 5 6 ART 2350, 2360
Studio Art - Drawing Portfolio 4, 5 3 ART 1500
Studio Art - 2D Design 4, 5 3 ART elective
Studio Art - 3D Design 4, 5 3 ART 1450
Languages
Chinese Language 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 3 6 ITAL 1010, 1020
4 9 ITAL 1010, 1020, 2040
5 12 ITAL 1010, 1020, 2040, 2050
Japanese Language 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 4, 5 8 BIOL 1710, 1720, 1760
Chemistry 4 4 CHEM 1410/1430
5 8 CHEM 1410/1430, 1420/1440
Computer Science A 4 4 CSCE 1030
Computer Science AB 4, 5 7 CSCE 1030, 1040
Environmental Science 3, 4, 5 3 BIOL 1132
Physics 1 4, 5 4 PHYS 1410, 1430
Physics 2 4, 5 8 PHYS 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
Government and politics - U.S. 3, 4, 5 3 PSCI 1050
History - European 3, 4, 5 3 HIST 2N
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 bachelor's degree is below.

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 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
Pre-Calculus 5
Natural Sciences
General Biology 6
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 receiving the IB Diploma, which requires a minimum scores of a 4 on all tests (Standard-Level and Higher-Level). IB Credit without an IB Diploma is awarded only for Higher-Level exams with scores of 5, 6, or 7. Credit is awarded as listed below.


IB examination Credit hours UNT course equivalent
Arabic B 12 ARBC 1010, 1020, 2040, 2050
Art/Design 3 ART 2900
Biology 8 BIOL 1710, 1720, 1760
Chemistry 8 CHEM 1410, 1420, 1430, 1440
Chinese B 12 CHIN 1010, 1020, 2040, 2050
Computer Science 8 CSCE 1030, 1040
Dance 3 DANC 2800
Danish B 12 LANG 1010, 1020, 2040, 2050
Dutch B 12 LANG 1010, 1020, 2040, 2050
Economics - Microeconomics and Macroeconomics 6 ECON 1100, 1110
Economics - Microeconomics 3 ECON 1100
English - Language A: Literature 3-6 ENGL 2210, 2220
English A: Language and Literature 6-12 ENGL 1310, 1320, 2210, 2220
Environmental Sciences 3 Elective credit
Film 3 Elective credit
French B 12 FREN 1010, 1020, 2040, 2050
Geography 3 GEOG 1200
German B 12 GERM 1010, 1020, 2040, 2050
Hebrew B 12 HEBR 1010, 1020, 2040, 2050
Hindi 12 LANG 1010, 1020, 2040, 2050
History 6 HIST 1060, HIST elective
History and Culture of the Islamic World 3 HIST elective
History of the Americas 3 HIST elective
History of Europe 3 HIST elective
Information Technology in a Global Society 3 Elective credit
Italian B 12 ITAL 1010, 1020, 2040, 2050
Japanese B 12 JAPN 1010, 1020, 2040, 2050
Latin B 12 LATI 1010, 1020, 2040, 2050
Management 3 MGMT elective
Mandarin B 12 LANG 1010, 1020, 2040, 2050
Mathematics - Calculus 4 MATH 1710
Mathematics Studies 3 MATH 1580
Mathematics (unspecified) 3 MATH 1N
Music HL 3 MUGC 1N
NorwegianB 12 LANG 1010, 1020, 2040, 2050
Philosophy 3 PHIL 1050
Physics 6-8 PHYS 1410, 1420, 1430, 1440
Portuguese 12 LANG 1010, 1020, 2040, 2050
Psychology 3 PSYC 1630
Russian B 12 RUSS 1010, 1020, 2040, 2050
Spanish 6 SPAN 1010, 1020
Spanish B 12 SPAN 1010, 1020, 2040, 2050
Swedish 12 LANG 1010, 1020, 2040, 2050
Theater 3 Theater Arts elective
Visual Arts 3 Visual Arts elective