Credit by Examination

Non-Institutional Credit

What counts as credit for ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302 or literature courses?

Some students may take a test to place out of English courses. This is called Credit by Examination.

Students can earn up to 30 credits through non-institutional credit-by-exam programs such as AP,  CLEP,  and up to 24 credits for IB. They can also take a course challenge exam, which the Department administers.

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Programs, Exam Scores, & Credit Awarded 


Credit by Exam Restrictions

  • 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.

How to Receive Non-institutional 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).

ACC Testing Services

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

Course Challenge Exam Scheduling

Dr. Rebekah Starnes
[email protected]

 Dr. Lindsay Lawley Rerecich
[email protected]

Department of Composition & Literary Studies

Departmental Course Challenge Exam

  1. Review the steps at Credit by Examination: Institutional
  2. Contact Dr. Rebekah Starnes, [email protected], or Dr. Lindsay Lawley Rerecich, [email protected]du, to schedule your Course Challenge Exam. Please note that exams may take several weeks to administer and grade. Plan your schedule accordingly!

 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 an ACC campus Admissions and Enrollment Office.

Institutional Credit by Examination Restrictions

Not every course or student is eligible for course 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.