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Advanced Placement

Tacoma Community College grants credits to entering first-year students who have earned scores of 3 or higher on the Educational Testing Service’s (ETS) Advanced Placement Tests. Students who wish to receive advanced placement credits must send their ETS test scores to TCC’s credential evaluator for evaluation. The number of credits and grades of ‘S’ recorded for all courses for which credit is granted will be noted on the transcript. Advanced placement credits fulfill either distribution or elective requirements for an associate degree. The following TCC departments currently grant advanced placement credits:

  • Art: A student scoring 5 on the Art History exam will receive five credits each for ART 201, ART 202, and ART 203.
  • Biology: A student scoring 3 on the Biology exam will receive five credits for BIOL& 100. A student scoring 4 or 5 may receive additional credit upon consultation with the Science and Engineering department.
  • Chemistry: A student scoring 4 on the Chemistry exam will receive credit for CHEM& 161 and 162. A student scoring 5 on the Chemistry exam will receive credit for CHEM& 161, 162 and 163.
  • Computer Science: A student scoring 4 or 5 on the Computer Science A exam will receive credit for CS 142. A student scoring 3 on the Computer Science AB exam will receive credit for CS 142. A student scoring 4 or 5 on the Computer Science AB exam will receive credit for CS 142 and CS 143.
  • English: A student scoring 4 on the composition and literature exam will receive credit for ENGL& 101. A student scoring 5 will receive credit for ENGL& 101 and ENGL 103.
  • Environmental Science: A student scoring 3 on the Environmental Science AP examination will receive 5 credits for ENVS& 101.
  • Mathematics: A student scoring 3, 4 or 5 on the statistics exam will receive five credits for MATH& 146. A student scoring 3 on the calculus AB or BC exam will receive five credits for MATH& 151. A student scoring 4 or 5 may receive additional credit upon consultation with the mathematics department.
  • History: A student scoring 4 or higher on the European history exam will receive five credits in HIST 210.
  • History: A student scoring 5 on the American history exam will receive five credits each for HIST& 146, HIST& 147, and HIST& 148.
  • Physics: A student scoring 3 or 4 on the physics B exam will receive credit for PHYS& 114. A student scoring 5 on the Physics B exam will receive credit for PHYS& 114 and 115. A student taking the Physics C exam will receive credit for PHYS 221 and/or 222 depending upon the test focus and score.
  • Political Science: A student scoring 3 or higher on the American government exam will receive five credits for POLS& 202.
  • Psychology: A student scoring 3 or higher on the psychology exam will receive five credits in PSYC& 100.

Note: Transfer schools are not required to accept courses transferred to TCC by AP exam. Students should check with their intended transfer institutions regarding AP exam policies.

Advanced placement credits may be granted in other subjects upon consultation with appropriate department heads. For more information, contact the credential evaluator in Enrollment Services, Bldg. 7.

 
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