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Transfer of Credit to ACC

Previous Coursework

ACC evaluates lower-division (freshman and sophomore) courses for possible transfer credit. You must have earned a C or above to earn credit. Consult your instructional program or area to request transfer consideration for courses for which you received a D or to request evaluation of upper-division coursework. Approved transfer credits appear on your unofficial ACC transcript.

You may be eligible for transfer credit through the following alternate means.

ACCTech Program

You can receive college credit for high school classes that are part of the ACCTech Program, a partnership between area school districts and ACC. To receive credit, you must enroll in ACC, complete at least one college course, and request your ACCTech credit within 24 months of high school graduation. Visit sites.austincc.edu/acctech for more information.

Credit by Examination: Non-Institutional Credit

You can earn up to 30 coursework credits through non-institutional credit-by-exam programs such as Advanced Placement (AP), the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and Defense Activity for Non Traditional Education Support (DANTES).

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 ACC.

Non-Institutional Credit by Exam Restrictions

Pursuant to the Texas Education Codes 51.301 and 51.302, no student may receive more than three semester hours of advanced placement for the six-semester-hour legislative requirement for American Government and no more than three semester hours of advanced placement for the six-semester-hour legislative requirement for American History.

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: AP credit might not transfer from ACC to other institutions. No student may receive more than three semester hours of advanced placement for the six-semester credit hour legislative requirement for American Government.

IB credit limit: ACC limits credits awarded for IB exams to 24 credits.

Additional restrictions and requirements may apply. Please check with an advisor or counselor prior to taking any CLEP Exam. Non-ACC students need to check with an advisor or counselor at the college they plan to attend to ensure credit can be awarded.

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 ACC.

ACC Testing Services

ACC’s Highland Campus is an approved testing site for many exams including CLEP and Advanced Placement. More information is available at austincc.edu/support-and-services/services-for-students/testing-services/licensure-and-certification-testing/college-level-examination-program.

Minimum Scores

Refer to the following charts for scores needed to receive credit.

Advanced Placement Minimum Scores
AP Exams
Minimum Score for Credit
Course/Credits Awarded
Calculus AB3MATH 2413
Calculus BC3MATH 2413
4MATH 2413 & 2414
Computer Science A3COSC 1315 & 1320
English Language and Composition3ENGL 1301
English Literature and Composition3ENGL 1301 or 1302 (If credit for 1301 has been earned, credit awarded for 1302)
French Language and Culture21411 & 1412
32311 & 2312
German Language and Culture21411 & 1412
32311 & 2312
Japanese Language and Culture21411 & 1412
32311 & 2312
Latin21411 & 1412
32311 & 2312
Spanish Language and Culture21411 & 1412
32311 & 2312
Statistics3MATH 1342
United States Government and Politics3GOVT 2305
College Level Examination Program (CLEP) Minimum Scores
CLEP Exams
Minimum Score for Credit
Credit Hours Awarded
Business
Financial Accounting--
Information Systems503
Introductory Business Law503
Principles of Management503
Principles of Marketing503
Composition and Literature
American Literature506
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature--
College Composition--
College Composition Modular503
English Literature506
Humanities503
Foreign Languages
French Language Level I495
French Language Level II505
German Language Level I485
German Language Level II505
Spanish Language Level I485
Spanish Language Level II505
History and Social Sciences
American Government503
History of the United States I503
History of the United States II503
Human Growth and Development503
Introduction to Educational Psychology--
Introductory Psychology503
Introductory Sociology503
Principles of Macroeconomics503
Principles of Microeconomics503
Social Sciences and History--
Western Civilization I503
Western Civilization II503
Science and Mathematics
Biology--
Calculus504
Chemistry508
College Algebra503
College Mathematics--
Natural Sciences--
Precalculus504
International Baccalaureate – Up to 24 credits are accepted in transfer at ACC
IB Exams
Minimum Score for Credit
Course/Credits Awarded
Art5 SL, 4 HLARTS 1301, 1303 or 1304
Economics5 SL, 4 HLECON 2301 & 2302
English Comp I5ENGL 1301
English Literature A15 SL
4 HL3 SCH of English Lit 6 SCH of English Lit
Arabic, Chinese21411 & 1412
(Mandarin), Japanese,31411, 1412 & 2311
Russian A1 or A241411, 1412, 2311 & 2312
Arabic, Chinese31411
(Mandarin), Japanese,41411 & 1412
Russian B51411, 1412, 2311 & 2312
Arabic, Chinese41411
(Mandarin), Japanese,61411 & 1412
Russian Ab Initio
French, German, Spanish21411 & 1412
A1, A2 or B31411, 1412 & 2311
41411, 1412, 2311 & 2312
French, German, Spanish41411
Ab Initio61411 & 1412
Geography5 SL, 4 HLGEOG 1301
History (any course)5 SL, 4 HL3 SCH of History
Latin3LATI 1411
4LATI 1411 & 1412
5LATI 1411, 1412 & 2311
6LATI 1411, 1412, 2311 &
2312
Other Languages A1 or A221411 & 1412
31411, 1412 & 2311
41411, 1412, 2311 & 2312
Other Languages B31411
41411 & 1412
51411, 1412, 2311 & 2312
Other Languages Ab Initio41411
61411 & 1412
Philosophy5 SL, 4 HLPHIL 1301
Physics5 HLPHYS 1401 & 1402
Psychology5 SL, 4 HLPSYC 2301
Social and Cultural5 SL, 4 HLANTH 2351
Anthropology
World Lit I5ENGL 2332
World Lit II5ENGL 2333
1 HL - Higher Level requires 240 hours of instruction – a two-year course
SL – Standard Level requires 150 hours of instruction – a one-year course
Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support
DANTE Exams
Minimum Score for Credit
Course/Credit Awarded
Principles of Financial Accounting (version 1 retired 02/01/2010)49ACCT 2301
Introduction to Business (version 1 retired 06/30/2009)46BUSI 1301
Introduction to Business (version 2 retired 12/31/2012)400BUSI 1301
Introduction to Business (version 3)400BUSI 1301
Lifespan Developmental Psychology (retired 06/30/14)46PSYC 2314
Lifespan Developmental Psychology (updated version for new Minimum Score)400PSYC 2314

Credit by Examination – Institutional Credit/Course Challenges

If you feel your background, education, and experience provide sufficient knowledge in a subject area, you can earn course credits through institutional credit by examination, or course challenges. Earning credit through challenge examinations is equivalent to passing a cumulative, end-of-the-term examination.

Below is a list of some instructional areas offering institutional course credit by examination. Contact your program directly to find out if credit by examination is an option.

  • Accounting
  • Allied Health Sciences
  • Biotechnology
  • Child Care and Development
  • Health Information Technology
  • Office Administration
  • Sonography
  • Visual Communication

How to challenge a course
Complete the following steps to test and receive course challenge credit:

  • Consult with your instructional program or area about a specific course and your eligibility to take a course challenge exam.
  • Obtain a Course Challenge Form from the Admissions and Records Office.
  • Obtain the signature of the appropriate instructional dean or program chair who approves the testing and assigns an instructor to administer the test.
  • Obtain the signature of the professor who previously taught the course at ACC and has agreed to administer and grade the challenge examination.
  • Return the signed Course Challenge Form to the Admissions and Records Office.
  • Pay the course challenge fee.
  • Take the examination at the designated Testing Center.
  • Verify the instructor submitted passing scores to the Admissions and Records Office.

How to receive credit
To receive credit, you must earn at least a B on the course challenge exam, enroll at ACC and complete at least one college course, and have the instructor submit your course challenge results to the Admissions and Records Office.

Institutional credit by examination restrictions
Not every course or student is eligible for challenge exams. Check with your instructional program or area for available classes and eligibility requirements.

  • International students may not apply course challenges toward their 12-credit enrollment requirement.
  • You must meet the course prerequisites and institutional enrollment requirements in order to receive credit.
  • You may challenge a course only once. Additional challenges are not permitted.
  • You may not challenge a course in which you currently are enrolled or previously earned a grade of A, B, C, D, F, I, W, or AU.
  • Grades earned through course challenges are not calculated in your GPA and do not count toward scholastic achievement awards.

Child Development Associate (CDA)
Prospective students who have a current CDA (Child Development Associate Credential) may have the course requirement for CDEC 1311 waived. For information, contact the Child Care and Development Department at 512-223-5201.

If you feel your background, education, and experience provide sufficient knowledge equivalent to an introductory course in the Child Care and Development Department, you can earn course credits through institutional credit by examination or course challenges through a portfolio process. For more information, contact the Child Care and Development Department at 512-223-5201.

Military Transcripts and Service Credits

You can earn up to 30 credits for your military training and service.

How to receive credit
To receive credit, you must provide the Admissions and Records Office with an official military transcript and a certified copy of your DD Form 214, and complete one class at ACC. Any credit awarded will not be calculated in your GPA.

Previous coursework
ACC uses the American Council on Education (ACE) reference guide “Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services” to award credit for military training. If a course equivalency is not listed by ACE, you may contact ACE directly to request a review. (See acenet.edu for contact information.) ACC’s instructional programs and areas have final authority on awarding credit. Note: ACE recommendations apply to military training/courses only.

Health and Kinesiology credit
If you were active-duty for at least six months, you may be eligible to receive 4 credits of health and kinesiology. To receive credit, provide the Admissions and Records Office with your DD Form 214 or a certified letter from your commanding officer attesting to your period of service.

All veterans must submit official military transcripts for evaluation. Visit austincc.edu/students/veterans-services/military-transcripts-and-service-credits for more information.

Noncredit Hour to Credit Hour Conversions

Noncredit coursework can be converted to credit hours (“credit conversion”) in some circumstances. To be eligible for credit conversion, you must meet the following conditions:

  • ACC offers an equivalent course that is recognized as a credit course by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
  • ACC offers credit and noncredit courses in the same discipline.
  • You successfully completed all modules for the noncredit courses in which credit would be awarded.
  • The instructional program faculty approves the credit conversion.

If your noncredit coursework fulfills these conditions, contact the Admissions and Records Office to request credit conversion.

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