Credit by Examination: Non-Institutional Credit

You can earn up to 30 credits through non-institutional credit-by-exam programs such as Advanced Placement (AP), the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), and Certified Professional Secretary (CPS) and up to 24 credits for International Baccalaureate (IB).

How to Receive Credit

To receive credit, you must provide the Admissions and Records Office with official test scores sent directly from the testing service and complete at least one credit class at Austin Community College (ACC).

Credit by Exam Restrictions

    • American Government credit limit: Only 3 credits of required Government courses may be substituted through AP or CLEP exams. At least 3 credits must be completed through classroom work.
    • Grade designation: AP and CLEP credit is designated as “CR” (credit) on the ACC transcript. A letter grade (A, B, C, D, or F) is not assigned.
    • Transfer not guaranteed: Non-Institutional credit might not transfer from ACC to other institutions.
    • IB credit limit: ACC will allow up to 24 credits of IB credit.

ACC Testing Services

ACC’s Highland Campus is an approved testing site for many exams including CLEP and Advanced Placement.

Minimum Scores

Refer to the charts below for scores* needed to receive credit.

*as of April 30, 2021

Advanced Placement Minimum Scores (AP)

AP ExamMin ScoreCredit Given
American Government3GOVT 2305
Art History3ARTS 1303 & 1304
Biology3BIOL 1406
Calculus AB3MATH 2413
Calculus BC3MATH 2413
4MATH 2413 & MATH 2414
Computer Science A3 or grade ACOSC 1336 & COSC 1337
Computer Science B3 or grade ACOSC 2436
Computer Science AB3COSC 1336, COSC 1337, & COSC 2436
English Language & Composition3ENGL 1301
English Literature & Composition3ENGL 1301* or ENGL 1302
*If credit for ENGL 1301 has been earned, credit is awarded for ENGL 1302.
Environmental Science3ENVR 1301
Foreign Language
(Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Spanish)
21411 & 1412
31411, 1412, 2311 & 2312
Human Geography3GEOG 1302
Macroeconomics3ECON 2301
Microeconomics3ECON 2302
Music Theory3MUSI 1311 & MUSI 1116
4MUSI 1311, 1312, 1116 & 1117
Physics 13PHYS 1401
Physics 23PHYS 1402
Physics B3PHYS 1401 & PHYS 1402
Physics C: Mechanics3PHYS 1401 or PHYS 2425**
Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism3PHYS 1402 or PHYS 2426**
Psychology3PSYC 2301
Statistics3MATH 1342
**If student does not have credit for PHYS 1401 or PHYS 1402 but has taken Calculus, then credit is awarded for PHYS 2425 or PHYS 2426.

College Level Examination Program Minimum Scores (CLEP)

DepartmentGeneral ExamMinimum ScoreCredit Given
AccountingFinancial Accounting50ACCT 2301
Computer ScienceInformation Systems50COSC 1301
EconomicsMacroeconomics50ECON 2301
Microeconomics50ECON 2302
EnglishAmerican Literature50ENGL 2327 & 2328
College Composition Modular*ENGL 1301
* Essay administered and scored by the English Department
English (British) Literature50ENGL 2322 & 2323
Foreign LanguageCollege French
First Semester49FREN 1411
Second Semester50FREN 1411 & 1412
Third Semester56FREN 1411, 1412 & 2311
Fourth Semester62FREN 1411, 1412, 2311 & 2312
College German
First Semester48GERM 1411
Second Semester50GERM 1411 & 1412
Third Semester56GERM 1411, 1412 & 2311
Fourth Semester63GERM 1411, 1412, 2311 & 2312
College Spanish
First Semester48SPAN 1411
Second Semester50SPAN 1411 & 1412
Third Semester58SPAN 1411, 1412 & 2311
Fourth Semester66SPAN 1411, 1412, 2311 & 2312
College Spanish with Writing48SPAN 1411
Level 1 & 250SPAN 1411 & 1412
58SPAN 1411, 1412 & 2311
66SPAN 1411, 1412, 2311 & 2312
GovernmentAmerican Government50GOVT 2305
HistoryAmerican History to 187750HIST 1301
American History 1865-Present50HIST 1302
Western Civilization to 164850HIST 2311
Western Civ 1648-Present50HIST 2312
HumanitiesHumanities50HUMA 1301
ManagementIntroductory Business Law50BUSG 2301
Principles of Management50BMGT 1303
MarketingPrinciples of Marketing50MRKG 1311
MathematicsCalculus50MATH 2413
College Algebra50MATH 1314
Precalculus 50MATH 2412
PsychologyHuman Growth & Development50PSYC 2314
Introductory Psychology50PSYC 2301
SociologyIntroductory Sociology50SOCI 1301

International Baccalaureate Minimum Scores (IB)

IB ExamMinimum ScoreCredit Given
Economics5 SL, 4 HLECON 2301 & 2302
English Comp I5ENGL 1301
English Language A: Literature5 SL3 SCH of English
4 HL6 SCH of English
English Language A: Language & Literature5 SL3 SCH of English
4 HL6 SCH of English
Dance Composition and Analysis5 SL, 4 HLDANC 1201
Dance Performance5 SL, 4 HLDANC 1151
Drama5 SL, 4 HLDRAM 1310
Foreign Language A:3 SL & HL1411, 1412, 2311 & 2312
Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Russian, & Spanish
Foreign Language A:3 SL & HL14 SCH of Foreign Language
Other Languages
Foreign Language B:2 SL1411 & 1412
Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Russian, & Spanish4 SL1411, 1412 2311 & 2312
2 HL1411 & 1412
3 HL1411, 1412, 2311 & 2312
Foreign Language AB Initio:3 SL & HL1411 & 1412
Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Russian, & Spanish
Geography5 SL, 4 HLGEOG 1301
History (any course)5 SL, 4 HL3 SCH of History
Philosophy5 SL, 4 HLPHIL 1301
Physics4 SLPHYS 1401
5 HLPHYS 1401, 1402 & 1405
Psychology5 SL, 4 HLPSYC 2301
Social and Cultural Anthropology5 SL, 4 HLANTH 2351
Visual Art5 SL, 4 HLARTS 1301
World Lit I5ENGL 2332
World Lit II5ENGL 2333
World Religions5 SL, 4 HLPHIL 1304
HL: Higher Level requires 240 hours of instruction – a two-year course
SL: Standard Level requires 150 hours of instruction – a one-year course

DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST)

DSST ExamCredit Awarded for Passing Results
Beginning Spanish ISPAN 1411
Beginning Spanish IISPAN 1412
Business Law IBUSI 2301
Business MathematicsPOFT 1321
Computing and Information Technology
Introduction to Computing
Introduction to Computers with Basic Programming
ITSE 1331
Criminal JusticeCRIJ 1301
Environmental ScienceENVR 1301
Environment and Humanity: The Race to Save the Planet
Ethics in AmericaPHIL 2306
Health and Human Development
Here’s to Your Health
KINE 1304
Introduction to BusinessBUSI 1301
Introduction to Geography
Human/Cultural Geography
GEOG 1301
Introduction to Law EnforcementCRIJ 1301
Introduction to World ReligionsPHIL 1304
Lifespan Development PsychologyPSYC 2314
Organizational BehaviorHRPO 2307
Personal FinanceBUSG 1304
Principles of Financial Accounting (version 1 retired 2/1/10)ACCT 2301
Personnel/Human Resource ManagementHRPO 2301
Principles of FinanceBUSG 1303
Principles of SupervisionBMGT 1301
Technical WritingENGL 2311