Credit by Examination

Students seeking credit by examination may earn semester hours through the following examinations:

  1. American College Testing (ACT) Program - National Assessments Only
  2. CollegeBoard Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
  3. CollegeBoard SAT College Admission Test
  4. College Level Examination Program (CLEP) Examinations
  5. DSST (formerly DANTES)
  6. International Baccalaureate Program (IB) Examinations
  7. Departmental Examinations

Taking an Exam


  • Refer to the current Student Testing Services information on-line at for a complete list of approved examinations, minimum scores, additional requirements, and corresponding courses.
  • Permission for department examinations must be secured from the specific subject area Associate Dean or Department Chairperson. (A student seeking credit through a department examination during his or her last thirty hours must secure a petition first from the Dean of the student’s college.)
  • Application for CLEP examinations must be made at the Student Counseling, Testing & Health Services Center. Arrangements for department examinations must be made through the respective academic department. (Students with disabilities should make arrangements at the time of application to test under conditions that meet their pre-approved, documented requirements.)
  • Fees must be paid for test administration and for transcription of credit awarded.
  • Prerequisites for courses for which a student is seeking credit must be satisfied prior to the examination.

Credit by Exam Policies

Official credit by examination policies are listed in the Student Testing Services brochure and can be obtained from the Student Counseling, Testing & Health Services Center or on-line at The following are some important policies:

  • Credit for any course a student has previously audited, taken for noncredit, received the grade of “D”, or failed may not be earned by examination.
  • Duplicate credit will not be awarded.
  • Grade points are not earned through credit by examination.
  • Residence hours may not be earned through credit by examination.
  • No more than one-fourth of the total semester credit hours required for a degree may be earned through credit by examination.
  • Students may not use more than six hours of credit by exam for English or Writing courses. This includes credits earned by any combination of exams (AP, CLEP, etc.)
  • Credit earned by examination will be placed on a student’s transcript after the official score report is received, processed, and the transcription fee is paid.
  • Credit by examination secured through another college or university by a student transferring to UMHB must meet the minimum score requirements stated in the Student Testing Services brochure in effect at the time of the request.
  • An official ACT, AP, or CLEP test score report must be sent to the Registrar for evaluation of the credit.
  • Processing of transcripts is accomplished by the Registrar’s Office.