Departmental Credit by Exam

Departmental Exams
These exams are for students who want to earn credit by examination for specific courses. They are generally comprehensive tests of the content of a semester long course. These exams are available to currently enrolled students only. Students should consult their academic advisor prior to scheduling an exam. Once credit is awarded it cannot be removed. Exams can only be taken once with the exception of Political Science 206/207 which can be taken only twice.

We now offer select exams to be taken via Zoom 
(see the below for instuctions)

Eligibility for Credit by Examination:
• Students may not receive departmental credit by exam for courses that are prerequisites to courses for which they already have credit except with the appro val of the department authorizing the examination. (Student Rule 8.4.10)
• Students may not have credit posted for Credit by examination for a course in which he or she is currently registered or has acquired a grade other than Q, WP, or NG. (Student Rule 8.4.4)
• Students who previously excluded a course grade under the Freshman Grade Exclusion Policy are not eligible to receive Departmental exam credit for that course.

Exams offered:

  • Chemistry 119: 2 Hours
  • Chemistry 120: 2 Hours
  • Physics 201: 2 Hours
  • Physics 202: 2 Hours
  • Physics 206: 2 Hours
  • Physics 207: 2 Hours
  • Political Science 206: 90 Minutes
  • Political Science 207: 90 Minutes

Note: All exams can be taken online except for PHYS 206.

Course Specific Information

The test for Chemistry 119 is a multiple choice examination that covers substances, compounds, elements, and mixtures; stoichiometry, chemical formulas, and equations; atomic structure; chemical periodicity and ionic bonding; covalent bonding and inorganic nomenclature; chemical reactions; gases, liquids, and solids, solutions; acids, bases, and salts.


A score of 70% on the Chemistry 119 examination or classroom credit for CHEM 119 qualifies you to take the test for Chemistry 120. The test for Chemistry 120 is a multiple-choice examination and is a continuation of the Fundamentals of Chemistry.


The test for Physics 201 is a multiple-choice examination and covers fundamentals of classical mechanics, heat, and sound. A thorough review of a basic text in college physics is recommended before attempting this examination.


A score of 75% or more on the Physics 201 examination, or classroom credit for PHYS 201, qualifies you to take the test for Physics 202. The test for Physics 202 is a multiple-choice examination and covers the fundamentals of classical electricity and light; introduction to contemporary physics.


The test covers mechanics for students in science and engineering. Physics 206 is a calculus-based physics course and is a free response examination. If you have not had a calculus-based physics course, it is unlikely that you would do well on this examination.


Prior credit for PHYS 206, qualifies you to take the test for Physics 207. The test for Physics 207 is a multiple-choice examination that covers electricity, magnetism, and optics.



The test for Political Science 206 is a multiple-choice examination that covers American National Government and politics in general, including matters relating to the national Constitution. It is recommended that you prepare for this examination. You should begin with any comprehensive American National Government text currently being used at TAMU and available in the local book stores..


The test for Political Science 207 is a multiple-choice examination that covers American State and Local Government and politics in general, including a number of questions on Texas and the Texas Constitution. It is recommended that you prepare for this examination. You should begin with a comprehensive review of any of the general state and local government books and a Texas government book currently being used at TAMU and available in the local book stores.

In Person:
Call our office at (979)845-0532 to schedule a date and time
Exams are 90 minutes - 2 hours long
You have the options of 9:00am, 11:00am and 2:00pm to take your exam

Via Zoom:
Call our office at the number listed above
Exams via Zoom are only offered Fridays at 9:00am

Please have a preferred date and time ready when registering

Exams are $50 per exam
(Applicable for in person and Zoom exams)
All fees are due at the time of registration and are non-refundable

The Day Of Your Exam:
What to bring to your exam:
You will need to arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled test session with a government issued ID that is unexpired with a photo (driver’s license, passport, Texas Department of Public Safety identification card, current alien resident’s card or a student ID).

Without an acceptable ID you cannot test.

Non-programmable calculators are required for all exams except Political Science 206 and 207. All other materials will be provided for the exam.

If you are taking an exam via Zoom:
You will need to have Zoom downloaded prior to the test date. 
An acceptable ID is required to test and you will provide your own scratch paper and non-mechanical pencil.

If you are eligible to receive course credit based on your exam score, the credit will be posted to your academic record within 2-3 business days with the exception of Physics 218 which can take up to a week.
Please check your unofficial transcript prior to calling our office.
Minimum scores:
• Chemistry 119: 60
• Chemistry 120: 60
• Physics 201: 75
• Physics 202: 75
• Physics 206: 75
• Physics 207: 75
• Political Science 206: 60
• Political Science 207: 60



If you call for your score:
We cannot give your score over the phone, only in person with your ID. Over the phone, we can only tell you if you passed or failed.

For studying information:
There are no study guides or practice courses for the exams. You can look up the syllabus for the class and look over that material.

If you need accommodations:
We will need the paperwork for your accommodation before you can test. Let us know when you register for your exam and send your paperwork to

Report of Departmental Credit Earned - Academic Advisors Use Only

Report of Departmental Credit Examination Earned PDF. Please complete all spaces to assure prompt and accurate processing. Credit reported on this form will be posted to transcripts within five working days of the receipt of this form at Testing Services.