Testing Services

Credit by Exam program

Many academic departments offer students an opportunity to earn credit without a grade in specific courses through our Credit by Examination Program. This Page summarizes important notes and types of credit examination programs available.

Important Notes

  • Official test scores must be sent to University Testing Services. Credit cannot be processed until official scores have been received.
  • All credit by examination policies are subject to change.
  • The complete Credit by Examination policy including approved exams, scores, and equivalent credit, please see the UH Undergraduate Catalog.
  • For a printable version of approved exams, scores, and equivalent credit, download the CBE Brochure.

Advanced Placement Examinations (AP)

Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations are offered to students currently enrolled in high school. Test registration information is available from high school counselors.

Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) Subject Test

Applications for the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) II Subject Tests are available at the University Testing Services or your local area high schools.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

The College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP) offers you the opportunity to receive college credit for what you already know. Visit CLEP’s website for test registration and testing location.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

The International Baccalaureate is an international program of courses and examinations offered at the high school level. In accordance with Section 51.968 of the Texas Education Code, UH will grant at least 24 credit hours in appropriate subject areas to an entering freshman student for successful completion of the IB Diploma Program. The institution may grant fewer than 24 credit hours if the student received a score of less than four on an examination administered as part of the diploma program. Students who submit scores of 4 or higher on IB Standard Level (SL) Examination will receive credit if they have also earned the IB diploma. UH also offers credit for scores of 4, 5, 6, or 7 on the International Baccalaureate (IB) Higher-Level (HL) Examinations. To request credit, you should send your scores to UH (Use UH Instituion Code 01409) and please Email Patrick Daniel pdaniel@uh.edu, Director, Testing Services to schedule an appointment for an individual review.

Defense Activity For Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES)

The DANTES Subject Standardized Test (DSST) program, originally designed and administered only for military personnel, is available to all interested persons. Test registration information is available from University Testing Services.

UH Departmental Examinations

Upon faculty recommendation, departmental, college and Undergraduate Committee approval, courses approved, tests utilized, minimum score requirements, credit hours awarded, course designation and cost for test course credit will be published in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Departmental examinations for credit are offered on scheduled test dates during Fall, Spring, and Summer semester. Test registration information is available from University Testing Services.

Requesting Credit

  • Make sure that you have sent your official test scores to the University of Houston.
  • AP test credit will be posted electronically upon receipt of post-2016 test scores. Please log into myUH and view AP test credit posted and consult with your academic advisor
  • IB Credit - Please Email Patrick Daniel pdaniel@uh.edu, Director, Testing Services to schedule an appointment for an individual review
  • Complete the Test Course Credit Request form (only for AP test scores prior to Fall 2016), CLEP and other test course credit available at the University Testing Services, Room 204 Student Service Center 1.

Procedures for posting of Test Course Credits for Credit earned by Examination

  • Upon faculty recommendation, departmental, college and Undergraduate Committee approval, courses approved, tests utilized, minimum score requirements.
  • Testing Services will evaluate official test scores to determine level of test course credit to be awarded according to approved Undergraduate Catalog policies and submit test credits to the Registrar's Office for posting to student records.
  • Any exceptions will require documentation by an approved general petition from the college offering the course for which credit will be awarded.