Admissions

Credit by Exam (ACT, AP, CLEP, IB)


ACT/SAT

Entering students and regularly enrolled students may obtain advanced placement with credit in certain courses by obtaining high scores on the appropriate test(s):

ACT English Subtest score of 27-30:

ENGL 1010

ACT English Subtest score of 31 or higher:

ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020

The ACT code for Tennessee Tech is 4012

Advanced Placement

A.P. Examination Score Course Exemption Semester Hours
Biology 3 BIOL 1010or BIOL 1113 4
4 BIOL 1010& BIOL 1020or BIOL 1113& BIOL 1123 8
Calculus (AB) 3 MATH 1830 3
4 MATH 1910 4
Calculus (BC) 3 MATH 1910& MATH 1920 8
Chemistry

3a

CHEM 1110or

CHEM 1010& CHEM 1020

4

8

4 CHEM 1110& CHEM 1120or CHEM 1010& CHEM 1020 8
Computer Science A 3 CSC 1200 3
4 CSC 1200, CSC 1300 7
Computer Science Principles 3 CSC 1200 3
Economics: Micro 3 ECON 2010 3
Economics: Macro 3 ECON 2020 3
English Language and Composition 3 ENGL 1010 3
4 ENGL 1010& ENGL 1020 6
Environmental Science 3 BIOL 3130 4
English Literature and Composition 3 ENGL 2235& sophomore English 3
European History 3 HIST 2210& HIST 2220 6
World History 3 HIST 2310& HIST 2320 6
French Language 3 FREN 1010& FREN 1020 6
4 FREN 1010, FREN 1020& FREN 2010 9
5 FREN 1010, FREN 1020, FREN 2010& FREN 2020 12
German Language 3 GERM 1010& GERM 1020 6
4 GERM 1010, GERM 1020, & GERM 2010 9
5 GERM 1010, GERM 1020, GERM 2010& GERM 2020 12
Government and Politics: United States 3 POLS 1030 3
Human Geography 3 GEOG 1012 3
Spanish Language 3 SPAN 1010& SPAN 1020 6
4 SPAN 1010, SPAN 1020, & SPAN 2010 9
5 SPAN 1010, SPAN 1020, SPAN 2010& SPAN 2020 12
Statistics 3 MATH 1530 3
Physics 1 3 PHYS 2010 4
Physics 2 3 PHYS 2020 4
Physics C: Mechanics 3 PHYS 2010or 4
Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism 3

PHYS 2020or PHYS 2120

4
Psychology 3 PSY 1030 3
United States History 3 HIST 2010& HIST 2020 6

a Students may submit the exam essay portion for departmental evaluation for possible credit in CHEM 1120.

CLEP

CLEP (College Level Examination Program) - 25 subject matter tests from which to select - credit given in corresponding courses for acceptable scores. Credit is not given for the general examinations. For further information, contact the Admissions Office.

PLTW (Project Lead the Way Credit) – ENGR 1210 (1 credit hour) will be awarded to secondary school students who participate in the “Project Lead the Way” and achieve a minimum grade 70% on the nationalized “Final Exam on Principles of Engineering”. The requesting student will need to have his/her test score sent to Tech.

Credit by Examinations - A student who has had sufficient training or experience in a subject to merit the establishment of credit by comprehensive examination, but who has not enrolled in the same, comparable, or higher level course at the college level, may request the privilege of taking a special examination prepared by the department involved. A grade will be recorded on the permanent record.

Non-credit Courses and Professional Certification – Academic credit may be awarded on occasion for professional certification or non-credit courses. Requests for the award of such credit must be submitted to the appropriate department chairpersons. As the executor of departmental policy, he or she will evaluate the requests and submit a recommendation to accept or reject them to the college dean and Office of Records for final approval.

The ACT code for Tennessee Tech is 4012. The SAT code is 1804.

Credit obtained through high test scores on ACT, SAT, CLEP and PLTW receive the grade of "S" for satisfactory and do not affect the student's quality point average. Up to 60 semester hours of credit may be obtained through any combination of advanced placement tests, military equivalency credits, correspondence courses, special departmental examinations, and extension courses. For more detailed information, contact the Office of Admissions or your high school counselor.

Students may wish to earn credit by examination because of prior knowledge they have in a content area. One way of obtaining credit based on examination at Tennessee Tech is by taking course examinations in the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). Equivalent college credit earned for acceptable scores as defined by Tennessee Tech is listed below. Any student admitted and enrolled at Tennessee Tech may use the CLEP option to earn credit.

The following guidelines are utilized when earning CLEP credit:

  • A maximum of 60 semester hours of credit may be obtained by any combination of correspondence courses, extension courses, special departmental examinations, advanced placement, or military equivalency credits. This includes the CLEP testing program.
  • Transfer students must meet the same guidelines. CLEP credit earned at another institution may not necessarily be transferred as credit to Tennessee Tech.
  • When the student passes the CLEP test, an "S" is placed on the transcript. No grade is awarded if the score is not passing. This CLEP credit will not count in the quality point average.
  • Tennessee Tech does not guarantee the transferability of CLEP credit to other institutions. Certain professional schools either have no policy with regard to CLEP credit or will not accept such credit, especially for courses normally requiring laboratory work.
  • Students may not take the CLEP exam to replace a grade.
  • Students who have completed a higher level course may not take an exam for a lower level course.

The procedure for registering to take a CLEP exam at TTU is as follows:

  • Examinees must use the CLEP website http://clep.collegeboard.org/started to register for the exam. Follow the online instructions for registration.
  • You will pay $87.00* ONLINE to CLEP for each test you choose to take. You can only register for one exam per testing date. Examinees will receive a payment number and voucher that they must present on the day of their scheduled exam. *Effective 7/1/18
  • To reserve a test date, click here to schedule.
  • The College of Education administers the CLEP tests for a fee of $25 per test. This payment is due before day the exam is administered. You may pay this application fee by clicking here. If you want more information about CLEP tests, please visit www.tntech.edu/education/computing-resources/testing-center/.

For more general information about the CLEP exam, visit the CLEP website at clep.collegeboard.org/started.

    Tennessee Tech accepts score results for the CLEP taken at any examination center authorized to administer the CLEP by the College Entrance Examination Board. The Counseling Center at Tennessee Tech is an authorized testing agent for the CLEP.

    Scaled Scores on CLEP Tests and Equivalent
    Tennessee Tech Courses and Credits
    Effective July 1, 2018

    Examination Required Minimum Scaled Score Tennessee Tech Course Tennessee Tech Course Name Credit

    Financial Accounting

    50

    ACCT 2110

    Principles of Accounting I

    3

    Biology

    50

    BIOL 1010, 1020 or

    Introduction to Biology, Diversity of Life  

    8

    50

    BIOL 1113, 1123

    General Biology I, II 

    8

    Human Growth & Development

    50

    HEC 2200

    Development of Young Children: Conception to Age 6

    3

    Chemistry

    50

    CHEM 1010, 1020 or

    Introductory Chemistry I, II

    8

    50

    CHEM 1110, 1120

    General Chemistry I, II

    8

    Information Systems 2

    50

    DS 2810

    Computer Applications in Business

    3

    Microeconomics, Principles of

    50

    ECON 2010

    Principles of Microeconomics

    3

    Macroeconomics, Principles of

    50

    ECON 2020

    Principles of Macroeconomics

    3

    Educational Psychology, Introduction to

    50

    EDPY 2210

    Educational Psychology

    3

    College Composition 1

    50

    ENGL 1010, 1020

    English Composition I, II  

    6

    American Literature

    50

    ENGL 2130

    Topics in American Literature, Sophomore Lit

    6

    English Literature

    50

    ENGL 2235

    Topics in British Literature, Sophomore Lit

    6

    French Language, College-Level (2 and 4 semesters)

    50

    FREN 1010, 1020

    Elementary French I, II

    6

    59

    FREN 1010, 1020, 2010, 2020

    Elementary French I, II, Transition to Intermediate French, Intermediate French

    12

    German Language, College-Level (2 and 4 semesters)

    50

    GERM 1010, 1020

    Elementary German I, II

    6

    60

    GERM 1010, 1020, 2010, 2020

    Elementary German I, II, Transition to Intermediate German, Intermediate German

    12

    Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648

    50

    HIST 2210

    Early Western Civilization  

    3

    Western Civilization II: 1648 to the Present

    50

    HIST 2220

    Modern Western Civilization

    3

    History of the United States I: Early Colonization to 1877

    50

    HIST 2010

    Early United States History  

    3

    History of the United States II: 1865 to Present

    50

    HIST 2020

    Modern United States History  

    3

    College Algebra

    50

    MATH 1130

    College Algebra

    3

    Precalculus

    50

    MATH 1710

    Pre-calculus Algebra  

    3

    Calculus

    50

    MATH 1910

    Calculus I

    4

    American Government

    50

    POLS 1030

    American Government

    3

    Psychology, Introductory

    50

    PSY 1030

    Introduction to Psychology

    3

    Sociology, Introductory

    50

    SOC 1010

    Introduction to Sociology

    3

    Spanish Language, College-Level (2 and 4 semesters)

    50

    SPAN 1010, 1020

    Elementary Spanish I, II

    6

    63

    SPAN 1010, 1020, 2010, 2020

    Elementary Spanish I, II, Transition to Intermediate Spanish, Intermediate Spanish

    12

    1

    The CLEP essay is required.

    2

    To receive credit for the examination, the exam must be taken prior to enrolling in any basic engineering, decision science or computer science course.

IB

The University recognizes the International Baccalaureate diploma and individual IB courses by awarding credit on IB higher level examinations. Some standard level examinations may also be considered for credit.

Standard-Level IB Courses

International Baccalaureate Course

Minimum Required Score

TTU Equivalent

Credit
Hours Earned

Art A (SL)

4

Art Studio Elective

3

5

ART 1035 

3

6 or 7

ART 1035, studio elective

3, 3

Art B (SL)

5 – 7

ART 1035 

3

Chemistry (SL)

5 - 7

CHEM 1010, 1020

8

Economics (SL)

6 or 7

ECON 2010, 2020

6

French A1 (SL)

6

FREN 1010, 1020

6

7

FREN 2010, 2020

6

German A1 (SL)

6

GERM 1010, 1020

6

7

GERM 2010, 2020

6

Language A1 (SL)

6

ENGL 1010

3

7

ENGL 1010, 1020

6

Further Mathematics

No credit awarded

Mathematical Studies (SL)

No credit awarded

Mathematics (SL)

5

MATH 1710

3

Mathematics (SL)

6

MATH 1710, MATH 1830

3, 3

Music A (SL)

5

No credit

6 or 7

MUS 1030

3

Philosophy (SL)

No credit awarded

Physics (SL)

No credit awarded

Psychology (SL)

5 - 7

PSY 1030

3

Spanish (SL)

6

SPAN 1010, 1020

6

7

SPAN 2010, 2020

6

Theatre Arts (SL)

5 - 7

THEA 1030

3

Higher-Level IB Courses

International Baccalaureate Course

Minimum Required Score

TTU Equivalent

Credit Hours Earned

Art (HL)

5

Studio Elective

3

6 or 7

Up to six credit hours studio elective with portfolio review

Biology (HL)

5 - 7

BIOL 1010, 1020 or BIOL 1113, 1123 

8

Chemistry (HL)

5 - 7

CHEM 1110, 1120

8

Economics (HL)

5 - 7

ECON 2010, 2020

6

French A1 (HL)

5

FREN 1010, 1020

6

6 or 7

FREN 2010, 2020

6

German A1 (HL)

5

GERM 1010, 1020

6

6 or 7

GERM 2010, 2020

6

History (HL)

5 - 7

Lower-division history elective

3

Language A1 (HL)

5

ENGL 1010

3

6 or 7

ENGL 1010, 1020

6

Mathematics (HL)

5 – 7

MATH 1730, MATH 1910

5, 4

Philosophy (HL)

5 – 7

PHIL 1030

3

Physics (HL)

5 – 7

PHYS 2010, 2020

8

Spanish A1 (HL)

5

SPAN 1010, 1020

6

6 or 7

SPAN 2010, 2020

6

Theatre Arts (HL)

5 – 7

THEA 1030

3