Credit by Exam

Lamar State College Port Arthur awards college credit for successful performance in these examination programs: College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Program, College Level Examination Program (CLEP), ACT, and SAT I tests. Credit through any of the examinations listed in this section is awarded when the student has completed an enrollment term at Lamar State College Port Arthur and has earned an amount of resident credit equal to the hours earned by examination. By law, students may receive only three semester credit hours of credit in U.S. history and three semester credit hours credit in government through credit by examination. Applicants who wish to receive credit for college level work completed in high school may do so by submitting their scores on the College Board’s Advanced Placement Examinations. Testing arrangement are made by high school counselors. Subject matter areas and the basis for granting credits for Advanced Placement courses are as follows:

Subject Area Required Score Credit Granted
Biology 3 BIOL 1406 & 1407
Calculus AB 3 MATH 2312 & 2413, or MATH 1324 and 1325, or MATH 2312 & 2313
Calculus BC 3 Math 2312, 2413, & 2414
Chemistry 3 CHEM 1411
Chemistry 4 CHEM 1405 & 1407
Chemistry 5 CHEM 1411 & 1412
Economics-Macro 3 ECON 2301
Economics-Micro 3 ECON 2302
English 3 ENGL 1301
English 4 ENGL 1301 & 1302
Foreign Language 3 6 hours of foreign language
Foreign Literature 4 12 hours of foreign language
Government 3 GOVT 2301 or 2302
History (U.S.) 3 HIST 1301 or 1302
Music Theory 3 MUSI 1301

Credit is awarded for most CLEP subject examinations. A list of subjects for which credit can be awarded and required minimum scores is available from the Admission and Records Office or the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Credit will not be awarded for the CLEP General Examinations. Credit will be granted in composition, government, history and mathematics for students presenting the following minimum ACT Standard Scores:
 
ACT Standard Score LSCPA Course SCH[1]
English 28 ENGL 1301 3
     Usage/Mech 14    
     Rhet Skills 14    
English 30 ENGL 1301 & 1302 6
     Usabe/Mefh 15    
     Rhet Skills 15    
Mathematics 26 MATH 1332 3
     Pre-algebra 14    
     Algebra/Geometry 13    
     Geometry/Trig 13    
Mathematics 28 MATH 1332 & 1314 6
     Pre-algebra 15 or    
     Algebra/Geometry 14 MATH 1332 & 1324  
     Geometry/Trig 14    
Reading 28-29 HIST 1301 or 1302 3
     Social Studies 15    
Reading   HIST 1301 or 1302 and 6
     Social Studies 16 GOVT 2301 or 2302  
Reading 30 ENGL 2326 or 2331  
     Arts/Literature 16    
Reading 32 HIST 1301 or 1302 and 9
     Soc. Science 16 GOVT 2301 or 2302 and  
     Arts/Literature 16 ENGL 2326 or 2331  

Credit earned through the ACT Test will be recorded on the transcript after a student earns an equal amount of credit at Lamar State College Port Arthur. The student must petition the Registrar for ACT credit. ACT Test scores are valid for credit-by-exam for five years.

Credit will be granted in English and Mathematics for student with the following minimum score on the SAT I Reasoning Test:
 
SAT Scores LSCPA Course SCH
Critical Reading: 590 ENGL 1301 3
Critical Reading: 640 ENGL 1301 & 1302 6
Math: 600 MATH 1332 3
Math: 630 or MATH 1332 & 1314 6
  MATH 1332 & 1324 6

Credit earned for the SAT will be granted in composition and mathematics after a student earns an equal amount of credit at LSCPA. The student must petition the Registrar for SAT credit. SAT scores are valid for Credit by Exam for five (5) years.