The College-Level Examination Program® or CLEP provides students of any age with the opportunity to demonstrate college-level achievement through a program of exams in undergraduate college courses. By receiving a satisfactory score, students can earn from 3 to 12 college credits toward a college degree for each CLEP exam taken, depending on the exam subject and the policy of the college or university.


  • Save time. Get college credit for what you’ve learned through independent study, advanced high school courses, noncredit adult courses, or professional development.
  • Save money. Compare the cost of a CLEP exam to hundreds — even thousands — of dollars in tuition. (CLEP exams are free to military service members. For more information contact the Testing Center.)
  • Make college more interesting. Move right into advanced courses.
  • Mostly multiple-choice. With the exception of English Composition with Essay, exams are composed primarily of multiple-choice questions. Some mathematics exams include fill-in type questions.
  • Exams are available at Texas A&M in 34 college-level courses.
  • CLEP is administered on computers and exams are available year-round by appointment.
  • You will know your score right away.

Refer to this list of CLEP exams awarded credit at A&M-Commerce.

Make an Appointment

Before calling to create an appointment, register for your CLEP

Bring your registration email from CLEP with you on the day of your scheduled exam. You must have your registration number with you in order to take your exam.

  • Fees
    • CLEP registration: $90
    • Testing Center proctoring services: $35
      (payable to the TAMUC through Marketplace and is non-refundable)
    • Total: $125
    • CLEP exam fees are subject to change without notice
  • Test Times
    • All testing appointments must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance of your desired testing date and time. We cannot accommodate same-day testers or walk-ins.
    • Appointments are scheduled from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Friday
    • Testing Center number: 903.886.5122

Exam Day Breakdown

  • Valid photo ID
    Bring any of the following
    • Driver’s license with signature
    • State-issued ID with signature
    • Military ID
    • Passport
  • CLEP Registration
    • Register for your CLEP
    • Bring the registration email sent to you by CLEP upon completion of your registration
  • Test Length
    • Exams are approximately 90 minutes long
    • Exams are scored on a scale of 20-80

Test Prep Resources

Two ways to find your CLEP study guide:

  • TAMUC Gee Library
  • CLEP– Here you can find
    • Exam descriptions
    • Downloadable individual study guides
    • Paperback CLEP study guide

CLEP Exams at A&M-Commerce

A&M-Commerce CLEP Exams Policy

A&M-Commerce Admissions Policy


Credit-by-Exam for some courses is granted through departmental exams. By receiving a satisfactory score, you can earn 3 college credits toward a college degree for each exam taken.

Local Exams Offered for Credit at A&M-Commerce

Exam NameCourse Credit
Business Computing SystemsBUSA 1305

For more information on any of the exams listed above, call 903.886.5122 or visit the Testing Center located in the One Stop Shop.

Make an Appointment

  • Fees
    • BUSA 1305 exam fee: $45 (payable to TAMUC through Marketplace and is non-refundable)
  • Test Times
    • Appointments must be scheduled at least 24 hours ahead of your desired testing date and time. We cannot accommodate same-day testers or walk-ins.
    • Call 903.886.5122 to schedule your exam

Exam Day Breakdown

  • Student Assessment Office
    • Report to the Student Assessment Office on the date and time for which you are scheduled
  • Valid Photo ID
    Bring any of the following
    • Student ID
    • Driver’s license
    • Government-issued ID card
    • Passport
  • Proof of Payment
    • Be prepared to show proof of payment for the exam

Dantes Subject Standardized Tests (DSST)

The DSST program is a nationally recognized testing program that provides you the opportunity to receive college credit for learning acquired outside a traditional college classroom. The DSST test taker audience has changed over the years, but as of 2006, DSST exams are available to anyone who is seeking college credit outside the traditional classroom, including college students, adult learners, high school students and military personnel.

DSST’s are credit-by-examination tests originated by the United States Department of Defense's Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES). Prometric, a test administration company, administers Internet-based versions of DSST exams under contract with the Defense Department (for military personnel) or on a fee basis.

Make an Appointment

  • Fees
    • DSST exam fee: $85
    • Administering institutions may charge a test administration fee according to their school policy
  • Test Times
    • We do not currently administer DSST exams, but exams are typically given on college campuses. Find your exam location.

Exam Day Breakdown

  • Test Options
    • You can take the DSST online or on paper
  • Test Length
    • The exam will have 100 multiple-choice questions
    • You are given two hours to complete the exam

Test Prep Resources

Be ready to ace the DSST by browsing for test preparation.

DSST Exams for Credit at A&M-Commerce

DSST ExamCourse Equiv.Semester HoursScore Needed
Art of the Western World DANT 0013400
AstronomyASTR 13033400
Business MathematicsMATH 13243434
Criminal JusticeCJ 1013400
Environment and HumanityDANT 0073400
Ethics in AmericaPHIL 13013400
Fundamentals of College AlgebraMATH 13143400
Fundamentals of CounselingDANT 0153400
General AnthropologyANTH 23513400
Health and Human Development HHPK 2003400
History of the Soviet Union DANT 0133400
History of the Vietnam WarDANT 0143400
Human Cultural GeographyDANT 0113400
Human Resource Management MGT 3943400
Introduction to Law EnforcementCJ 2013400
Introduction to World ReligionsDANT 0203400
Math for Liberal ArtsMATH 1793400
Money and Banking DANT 0173400
Personal FinanceDANT 0183400
Principles of Advanced English
ENG 3333400
Principles of FinanceDANT 0123400
Principles of Physical ScienceDANT 0063400
Principles of Public SpeakingCOMS 13153400
Principles of StatisticsMATH 13423400
Substance AbuseDANT 0193400
Technical WritingENG 3413400
The Civil War and ReconstructionDANT 0163400

Effective Fall 2017, credit for the DSST exams listed in the above table (with the exception of Human Growth and Development) can only be awarded to Newly Enrolled/Admitted students for Fall 2017 and onward. Credit for DSST exams cannot be retroactively applied to a student’s account if they were enrolled/admitted prior to Fall 2017.

Advanced Placement Program (AP)

The College Board’s® Advanced Placement Program® (AP) enables you to pursue college-level studies while still in high school. AP offers more than 30 exams in multiple subject areas.

The AP Program is open to students in high schools with AP programs who are willing to accept the challenge of a rigorous curriculum. AP exams are given nationally at designated high schools during the month of May. AP exams are graded on a scale of 0-5. A score of 3 or higher is needed for credit.

Send Your AP grade report to A&M-Commerce

At the time of the test, you can request to send your scores to Texas A&M University-Commerce. If you did not request to send your scores in this manner or if you just need an additional score report, please visit the AP Score Center.
Scores for exams taken in May do not arrive at A&M-Commerce until mid-July.

Find more information about the AP Program.

AP Exams for Credit at A&M-Commerce

Refer to this list of AP Exams awarded credit at A&M-Commerce.

A&M-Commerce AP Exam Policies


The IB Diploma Program is a challenging two-year curriculum leading to assessment in six subject areas: Best Language, Second Language, Individuals and Societies, Experimental Science, Mathematics, Computer Science, and the Arts. The International Baccalaureate (IB) program is a rigorous pre-university program, primarily aimed at students aged 16 to 19, available worldwide through the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO).


At the end of the two-year program you will be assessed in two ways

  • Internally
    • Teachers will mark individual pieces of work produced as part of a course of study
  • Externally
    • Individual performance will be measured against stated objectives for each subject


  • Criterion based
    • Results are determined by performance against set standards, not by each student's position in the overall rank order
  • Rank
    • The grades for each course range from 1 to 7
    • A minimum score of 4 is required to be considered for credit.


In compliance with SB111, TAMUC offers at least 24 hours of credit to all IB diploma candidates with subject exam scores of 4 or higher. Students with IB certificates or courses are evaluated on a subject by subject basis upon receipt of an IB transcript. TAMUC must have an official score report sent directly from IB to award credit.

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