2009 - 2010 Catalog (Archived)

If you think you already meet the requirements of a course by experience or previous training, you may request credit-by-examination. You may not request credit-by-examination for courses in which you are currently enrolled. The Registrar's Office has information about the courses for which credit-by-examination is available. The examination may be an approved subject examination (not a general examination) of the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Advanced Placement Exams (CEEB), Defense Activity for Nontraditional Education Support (DANTES), International Baccalaureate Program Exams, (IB) or an instructor-made test, depending on the course. You should ensure college acceptance of specific national exams prior to taking them. Scores for national testing programs, such as CLEP, AP and DANTES, will be valid for 10 years.

You must pay a test administration service charge for each course examination. This charge is in addition to fees charged by testing companies--eg. CLEP, DANTES, THEA. This service charge must be paid prior to taking the examination and is not refundable. Final acceptance of credit-by-examination for specific degree purposes is determined by the degree-granting institution. If you are planning to use credit-by-examination to meet degree requirements at other institutions, you should check the receiving institution's requirements.

You must be currently enrolled as a credit student at the college to receive credit-by-examination. Although your current enrollment in a course may normally make you ineligible for national testing programs, the Foreign Language Curriculum Committee permits an exception to this policy for students enrolled in foreign language courses.

You may earn as many credits through examination as your ability permits and needs require, but at least 25% of the credit hours required for graduation must be taken through instruction and not through credit-by-examination. Credit-by-examination may be attempted only one time in the DCCCD for any given course and a minimum score must be earned in order for credit to be recorded. Those who successfully complete an approved credit-by-examination may choose to have either the grade earned, if it is made available, or "CR" recorded on the transcript. Only letter grades of A, B, or C for credit-by-exam will be calculated into the GPA. If a student chooses "CR" for a credit-by-exam or if "CR" is the only option available to students, the "CR" cannot be calculated into the GPA. Students who meet the minimum passing standard on Computerized CLEP exams will be awarded "CR". The option for a letter grade is currently not available.

The following national tests are approved for credit-by-examination:

CLEP Computerized Test Subject Exams

(CLEP General Exams are NOT approved)

*See College Testing Center for test limitations for these computerized CLEP exams

Test Name Minimum
Financial Accounting503ACCT 2301
Principles of Accounting (version retired 07/07)506ACCT 2301, 2302
Principles of Management 50 3BMGT 1303
General Biology50 8BIOL 1406, 1407
Introductory Business Law503BUSI 2301
General Chemistry508CHEM 1411, 1412
Principles of Macroeconomics503ECON 2301
Principles of Microeconomics503ECON 2302
English Literature506ENGL 2322, 2323
American Literature50 6ENGL 2327, 2328
College Level I French Language50 8FREN 1411, 1412
College Level II French Language62 14FREN 1411, 1412, 2311, 2312
College Level I German Language508 GERM 1411, 1412
College Level II German Language63 14GERM 1411, 1412, 2311, 2312
*American Government503GOVT 2302
History of U.S. I503HIST 1301
History of U.S. II503HIST 1302
Western Civilization I503HIST 2311
Western Civilization II503HIST 2312
Principles of Marketing 503MRKG 1311
College Algebra503MATH 1314
Precalculus 504MATH 2412
Trigonometry (version retired 7/06) 503MATH 1316
Calculus with Elementary Functions505MATH 2513
Introductory Psychology50 3PSYC 2301
Human Growth and Development503PSYC 2314
Introductory Sociology503SOCI 1301
College Level I Spanish Language508SPAN 1411, 1412
College Level II Spanish Language
(version retired 8/07)
6614SPAN 1411, 1412, 2311, 2312
College Level II Spanish Language6314SPAN 1411, 1412, 2311, 2312

CLEP Paper/Pencil Exams

(CLEP General Exams are NOT approved)

Paper/pencil CLEP Tests are no longer administered, but the required scores, from such tests, taken within the past ten years can be utilized. * See College Testing Center for test limitations on these CLEP tests.

Test Name Minimum
Principles of Accounting 456ACCT 2301, 2302
Principles of Management463BMGT 1303
General Biology468BIOL 1406, 1407
Intro to Business Law513BUSI 2301
General Chemistry478CHEM 1411, 1412
Principles of Macroeconomics443ECON 2301
Principles of Microeconomics413 ECON 2302
English Literature466ENGL 2322, 2323
American Literature466ENGL 2327, 2328
College French 1 and 2 (version retired 7/97)398 FREN 1411, 1412
College Level French Language428FREN 1411, 1412
College Level German Language368GERM 1411, 1412
College Level German Language4214GERM 1411, 1412, 2311, 2312
*American Government473GOVT 2302
History of U.S. I473HIST 1301
History of U.S. II463HIST 1302
Western Civilization 1463HIST 2311
Western Civilization 2473HIST 2312
Principles of Marketing503MRKG 1311
College Algebra463MATH 1314
Trigonometry503MATH 1316
Calculus w/ Elem. Functions415MATH 2513
Intro. Psychology 473PSYC 2301
Human Growth and Development453PSYC 2314
Intro. Sociology 47 3SOCI 1301
College Level Spanish Language458SPAN 1411, 1412
College Level Spanish Language5014SPAN 1411, 1412, 2311, 2312
*In order to receive credit for GOVT 2301, students must take a departmental test on Texas Government. The departmental GOVT 2301 test may be given only to students who have also received credit for Government 2302 via CLEP.

AP Advanced Placement

(*See more information below concerning these exams.)

Test Name Minimum
Art History36ARTS 1303, 1304
Biology38BIOL 1406, 1407
Calculus AB35MATH 2513
Calculus BC39MATH 2414, 2513
Chemistry 38CHEM 1411, 1412
Chinese Language and Culture38CHIN 1411, 1412
Chinese Language and Culture411CHIN 1411, 1412, 2311
Chinese Language and Culture 514CHIN 1411, 1412, 2311, 2312
Computer Science A48COSC 1436, 1437
Computer Science AB 412COSC 1436, 1437, 2436
English - Language and Comp33ENGL 1301
*English - Literature and Comp3(3 hours of Literature - ENGL)
*French - Language38FREN 1411, 1412
*French - Language411FREN 1411, 1412, 2311
*French - Language514FREN 1411, 1412, 2311, 2312
*German - Language38GERM 1411, 1412
*German - Language411GERM 1411, 1412, 2311
*German - Language514GERM 1411, 1412, 2311, 2312
Government & Politics - US33GOVT 2302
Government - Comparative and Politics33GOVT 2371
History - European 36HIST 2311, 2312
History - US36HIST 1301, 1302
Japanese Language and Culture38JAPN 1411, 1412
Japanese Language and Culture411JAPN 1411, 1412, 2311
Japanese Language and Culture514JAPN 1411, 1412, 2311, 2312
Macroeconomics 33ECON 2301
Microeconomics33ECON 2302
Music Theory33MUSI 1311
Physics B38 PHYS 1401, 1402
Physics C38 PHYS 2425, 2426
Psychology33PSYC 2301
*Spanish - Language38SPAN 1411, 1412
*Spanish - Language411SPAN 1411, 1412, 2311
*Spanish - Language514SPAN 1411, 1412, 2311, 2312
Studio Art-Drawing33ARTS 1316

*Students taking Advanced Placement Exams have a choice of receiving a grade or "CR" for credit, except for the AP language exams and English--Literature and Composition exam, for which only "CR" may be granted. For all but the AP language exams and English--Literature and Composition exam, a score of 3 equals C; a score of 4 equals B; a score of 5 equals A. If you take any of the tests listed above, you should check with the Registrar's Office to ensure these tests will be accepted in lieu of coursework. You should do this prior to taking the test as the previous list may change. You may challenge courses not on this list by taking an instructor-made examination. If you are interested in this method, contact the appropriate academic division office.


Test Name Minimum
Principles of Financial Accounting493ACCT 2301
Introduction to Business463BUSI 1301
Lifespan Developmental Psychology463PSYC 2314


Students who can provide documentation from the Institute for Certifying Secretaries that they have passed all sections of the CPS should be granted credit for 15 hours from the courses listed below. Such students must complete 12 college level hours within the DCCCD and at least two courses must be completed in Office Technology with a grade of C or better. Credit earned through the CPS is applicable only to the Associate of Applied Sciences in Office Technology program. The student may select no more than 15 hours from the list below and "CR" should be shown on transcript.

Before WECM2001 WECM Course NameHours
OFCT 1373POFT 13093 hours
OFCT 1376POFT 23013 hours
OFCT 1377POFI 13013 hours
OFCT 1378No Course Available3 hours
OFCT 1380POFI 1345 or POFI 13493 hours
OFCT 2370 POFT 13023 hours

Credit for Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential

Effective March 1, 2006, students who provide current documentation from the National CDA credential could be granted up to 12 hours of credit from the courses listed below. Students must present the appropriate documentation to the Registrar's Office for review and approval before any credits are awarded. Such students must be currently enrolled in DCCCD before credits can be awarded. "CR" will be awarded and posted on transcript; no performance grades will be granted.

CDEC 1317 - CDA I
CDEC 2322 - CDA II
CDEC 2380 - Cooperative Education