Departmental Credit by Exam

Departmental 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 offered:

  • Chemistry 119 
  • Chemistry 120
  • Physics 201
  • Physics 202
  • Physics 206
  • Physics 207
  • Political Science 206
  • Political Science 207

Note: Exams can only be taken once with the exception of Political Science 206/207 which can be taken twice.

Registration:

Exam takers will need to register with our office to schedule a date and time to take the exam and pay the registration fee. You can do this over the phone or by visiting our office.

Fees:
There is a $50.00 fee due at the time of registration.

Identification Requirements:

On the day of the test you should report to the General Services Complex, Suite 1101 15 minutes prior to your scheduled test session. In addition, you must provide one of the following forms of identification: a driver's license, Texas A&M student ID, passport, Texas Department of Public Safety identification card, or current alien resident's card to be admitted to the test. Your identification must be unexpired and include a photo. 

Exam Length:
2 hours 

Exam Results:
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 2 weeks. Please check your unofficial transcript prior to calling our office.

Eligibility to test:
  • Students may not receive departmental credit by exam for courses that are prerequisites to courses for which they already have credit except with the approval 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.
Course Specific Information
CHEMISTRY 119

The test for Chemistry 119 is a 2 hour, 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. Non-programmable calculators are required. A score of 60% is required for credit in Chemistry 119.

CHEMISTRY 120

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 2 hour, multiple-choice examination. This course is a continuation of the Fundamentals of Chemistry. Non-programmable calculators are required. A score of 60% is required for credit in Chemistry 120.

PHYSICS 201

The test for Physics 201 is a 2 hour, multiple-choice examination that covers fundamentals of classical mechanics, heat, and sound. A thorough review of a basic text in college physics is recommended before attempting this examination. Non-programmable calculators are required. A score of 75% is required for credit in Physics 201.

PHYSICS 202

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 2 hour, multiple-choice examination. Topics covered on this test are fundamentals of classical electricity and light; introduction to contemporary physics. Non-programmable calculators are required. A score of 75% is required for credit in Physics 202.

PHYSICS 206

The test for Physics 206 is a 2 hour, free response examination. The test covers mechanics for students in science and engineering. Physics 206 is a calculus-based physics course. If you have not had a calculus-based physics course, it is unlikely that you would do well on this examination. Non-programmable calculators are required. A score of 75% is required for credit in Physics 206.

PHYSICS 207

Prior credit for PHYS 206, qualifies you to take the test for Physics 207. The test for Physics 207 is a 2 hour, multiple-choice examination that covers electricity, magnetism, and optics. Non-programmable calculators are required. A score of 75% is required for credit in Physics 207.

 

POLITICAL SCIENCE 206

The test for Political Science 206 is a 90 minute, multiple choice examination that covers American National Government and politics in general, including matters relating to the national Constitution. A score of 60% is required for credit in Political Science 206. 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.

POLITICAL SCIENCE 207

The test for Political Science 207 is a 90 minute, 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. A score of 60% is required to receive credit in Political Science 207. 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.

Note: The Political Science exams may be taken twice.
 

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.