External Challenge Examinations

Lone Star College System has established equivalent course credit for minimum passing scores on subject exams administered through the following organizations:
  1. American College Testing (ACT)
  2. College Level Examination Program (CLEP) - CLEP examinations may be taken at Lone Star College–Tomball or area universities. Please contact the LSC-Tomball testing center for more information. Students may resubmit new CLEP foreign language scores for PLA every six months.
  3. DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST)  
  4. AVANT Placement - placement exam for native and non-native speakers of foreign languages, review the AVANT foreign language requirements.  
  5. Advanced Placement (AP) by College Board - Advanced Placement exams are offered at area high schools. For specific information on high schools offering this exam call (888) 225-5427 or visit the College Board website.
  6. International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma exams: International Baccalaureate exams are given at specific high schools. For more information on IB Diplomas go to the International Baccalaureate website. For a list of courses that can be awarded by IB credit, review this document.
Students are responsible for test arrangements and making sure their scores are forwarded to the campus advising office. In addition to minimum passing scores, students may be required to complete a course or additional assessment before being eligible for credit. Please review exam footnotes for additional eligibility requirements.

    External Challenge Exams by Subject

    Arts & Music

    Subject Area Examination LSCS Course Min. Score
    Music IB (SL or HL) MUSI 1306 3
    Music Theory AP College Board MUSI 1211, 1216 4
    Studio Art4 AP College Board ARTS 1311 OR 1316 4
    History of Art AP College Board ARTS 1303 4
    Theater Arts IB (SL or HL) DRAM 1310 3
    Visual Arts IB (SL or HL) ARTS 1301 OR 1311
    OR 1316
    3

    Footnotes (Arts & Music)

    The following footnotes refer to activities which must take place on campus. Please contact the counseling office for additional information.

    4Portfolio review with Lone Star College System faculty required. Students who take the Design-Studio Art exam can apply for credit for ARTS 1311, and those who take Drawing-Studio Art exam can apply for credit for ARTS 1316.


    Business

    Subject Area Examination LSCS Course Min. Score
    Business Law II DSST BUSI 2301 53
    Business & Management IB BUSI 1301 3
    Financial Accounting CLEP ACCT 2401 52
    Principles of Financial Accounting DSST ACCT 2401 52
    Personal Finance DSST BUSI 1307 430
    Principles of Supervision DSST BMGT 1301 419


    Computer Science

    Subject Area Examination LSCS Course Min. Score
    Computer Science A AP College Board COSC 1436 and 1437 4


    English

    Subject Area Examination LSCS Course Min. Score
    English IB (SL) ENGL 1301 & 1302 4
    English IB (HL) ENGL 1301, 1302
    & 2332
    4
    English Usage ACT ENGL 1301 31
    English Language & Composition AP College Board ENGL 1301 3
    English Literature & Composition AP College Board ENGL 1302 3
    American Literature CLEP ENGL 2327, 2328 46
    English Composition   CLEP  ENGL 1301  50 
    English Literature CLEP ENGL 2322, 2323 46

    Foreign Language

    Subject Area Examination LSCS Course Min. Score
    French IB (AB) FREN 1411 4
    French IB (B) (SL) FREN 1411, 1412 4
    French IB (B) (HL) FREN 1411, 1412,
    2311, 1312
    4
    French
    Level I 1
    CLEP FREN 1411, 1412 50
    Spanish
    Level I 1
    CLEP SPAN 1411, 1412 50
    German
    Level I 1
    CLEP GERM 1411, 1412 50
    French 2
    (Upon Completion of FREN 1412)
    F CAPE FREN 1411 277-329
    French 2
    (Upon Completion of FREN 2311)
    F CAPE FREN 1411, 1412 330-389
    French 2
    (Upon Completion of FREN 2312)
    F CAPE FREN 1411, 1412, 2311 390-424
    Spanish 2
    (Upon Completion of SPAN 1412)
    S CAPE SPAN 1411 277-329
    Spanish 2
    (Upon Completion of SPAN 2311)
    S CAPE SPAN 1411, 1412 330-389
    Spanish 2
    (Upon Completion of SPAN 2312)
    S CAPE SPAN 1411, 1412, 2311 390-424
    German 2
    (Upon Completion of GERM 1412)
    G CAPE GERM 1411 277-329
    German 2
    (Upon Completion of GERM 2311)
    G CAPE GERM 1411, 1412 330-389
    German 2
    (Upon Completion of GERM 2312)
    G CAPE GERM 1411, 1412, 2311 390-424
    German IB (AB) GERM 1411 4
    German IB (B) (SL) GERM 1411, 1412 4
    German IB (HL) GERM 1411, 1412, 2311, 2312 4
    Spanish 3
    (Upon Completion of SPAN 1412)
    Spanish Heritage Learner Exam  SPAN 1411 26-49
    Spanish 3
    (Upon Completion of SPAN 2311 or 2313)
    Spanish Heritage Learner Exam SPAN 1411, 1412 50-69
    Spanish 3
    (Upon Completion of SPAN 2311 or 2313)
    Spanish Heritage Learner Exam  SPAN 1411, 1412, 2311 OR 2313 70-100
    Spanish Language AP College Board SPAN 1411, 1412 3
    Spanish Language AP College Board SPAN 1411, 1412, 2311 4
    Spanish Language AP College Board SPAN 1411, 1412, 2311, 2312 5
    Spanish IB (AB) SPAN 1411 4
    Spanish IB (B) (SL) SPAN 1411, 1412 4
    Spanish IB (HL) SPAN 1411, 1412, 2311, 2312 4
    French Language AP College Board FREN 1411, 1412 3
    French Language AP College Board FREN 1411, 1412, 2311 4
    French Language AP College Board FREN 1411, 1412, 2311, 2312 5
    German Language AP College Board GERM 1411, 1412 3
    German Language AP College Board GERM 1411, 1412, 2311 4
    German Language AP College Board GERM 1411, 1412, 2311, 2312 5
    Italian Language AP College Board ITAL 1411, 1412 3
    Italian Language AP College Board ITAL 1411, 1412, 2311 4
    Italian Language AP College Board ITAL 1411, 1412,
    2311, 2312
    5
    Italian IB (AB) ITAL1411 4
    Italian IB (B)(SL) ITAL 1411, 1412 4
    Italian IB (HL) ITAL 1411, 1412,
    2311, 2312
    4

    Footnotes (Foreign Language)

    The following footnotes refer to activities which must take place on campus. Please contact the counseling office for additional information.

    1 The CLEP score determines maximum possible credit. Effective for students registering for spring 2010: foreign language CLEP tests no longer require additional interview or essay components, and 2000-level foreign language courses are no longer credited through this method of PLA; no fee will be charged to the student for the PLA processing, though students will still need to pay for the CLEP exam; students may resubmit a CLEP score for PLA consideration every 6 months, and advisors need to enter all CLEP PLA applications with scores and dates in iStar.

    2 Students are placed according to the score they obtain on the computerized test. Upon completion of the course with a grade of C or better, the student receives credit for the course and can request credit for lower level courses. Effective for students registering for spring 2010: further assessment through interview or essay is no longer required; students will pay $25 for the test, and not for the PLA credit determination; the test fee will be collected regardless of the number of courses credited through PLA; the fee will be waived for dual credit students for the initial assessment; students will be charged $25 for each subsequent test; students may retake the test once a semester, but students currently enrolled in a course may not attempt any PLA once enrolled on official day; any PLA application by CAPE should be entered in iStar with the score and date.

    3 A heritage learner of Spanish is someone who achieved a competent level of communicative proficiency in the home. The purpose of the Spanish Heritage Learner Exam is to place students in the appropriate course. The test fee is $25 payable prior to testing and regardless of whether PLA credit is granted later. Upon completion of the course with a grade of C or better, the student receives credit for the course and may request credit for certain lower level courses listed in the table above.


    Math & Science

    Subject Area Examination LSCS Course Min. Score
    Math Usage ACT MATH1314 28
    Mathematical
    Studies
    IB (SL) MATH 1332 4
    Further Mathematics IB (SL) MATH 1332 4
    College Algebra CLEP MATH 1314 50
    Precalculus CLEP MATH 2412 50
    Calculus with Elementary Functions CLEP MATH 2413 50
    Biology AP College Board BIOL 1406, 1407 4
    Math
    Calculus AB
    AP College Board MATH 2413 3 (AB)
    Math
    Calculus BC
    AP College Board MATH 2413, 2414 4 (BC)
    Math
    Calculus BC
    AP College Board MATH 2413 3(BC)
    Mathematics IB (HL) MATH 1325 4
    Statistics AP College Board MATH 1342 3
    Biology IB (SL) BIOL 1406 4
    Biology IB (HL) BIOL 1406, 1407 4
    Chemistry AP College Board CHEM 1411, 1412 4
    Chemistry IB (SL) CHEM 1411 4
    Chemistry IB (HL) CHEM 1411, 1412 4
    Geology IB (SL) ENVR 1401 OR 
    GEOL 1405
    4
    Geology IB (HL) GEOG 1303 4
    Philosophy IB (SL or HL) PHIL 1301 4
    Physics  IB (HL)  PHYS 1401  4


    Social & Behavioral Science

    Subject Area Examination LSCS Course Min. Score
    Fundamentals of Counseling DSST DAAC 1311 45
    U.S. History I CLEP HIST 1301 50
    U.S. History II CLEP HIST 1302 50
    U.S. History AP College Board HIST 1301 OR
    HIST 1302
    4
    Western Civilization I CLEP HIST 2311 46
    Western Civilization II CLEP HIST 2312 47
    History IB (SL) HIST 2312 OR 2322 5
    History IB (HL) HIST 2312 OR 2322 4
    Lifespan/
    Developmental Psychology
    DSST PSYC 2314 46
    Macroeconomics AP College Board ECON 2301 3
    Microeconomics AP College Board ECON 2302 3
    Psychology5 CLEP PSYC 2301 55
    Psychology AP College Board PSYC 2301 3
    Psychology IB (SL) PSYC 2301 5
    Psychology IB (HL) PSYC 2301 4
    Social & Cultural Anthropology IB (HL) ANTH 2346 4
    Sociology CLEP SOCI 1301 53
    Statistics5 CLEP PSYC 2317 50
    Substance Abuse DSST DAAC 1319 400

    Footnotes (Social & Behavioral Sciences)

    The following footnotes refer to activities which must take place on campus. Please contact the counseling office for additional information.

    5Lone Star College System Essay required.

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