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General Information

What role does Student Testing Services play within the university?

Student Testing Services is responsible for all credit by examination (CBE) and most placement testing at UT. This includes tests students can take while attending UT-Austin, as well as AP, CLEP, IB, and certain portions of the ACT, SAT, and TSI exams. There are a few placement exams that are handled by other offices, including:

For questions regarding the UTMA or ALEKS Chemistry Assessment, please contact CNS Readiness. For questions about the TSI, please contact the TSI Office. Be sure to include your UT EID.

How can I contact Student Testing Services?

You can contact us in the following ways during our normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:00AM-5:00PM Central):

Where is Student Testing Services located on campus?

We are located in the George I. Sánchez Building (SZB), at 1912 Speedway. The building is located at the end of Speedway, across the street from the Blanton Museum of Art to the east, the Bullock State History Museum to the south, and the University Avenue Church of Christ to the west. On the UT campus map you can find us here. Our office is on the 5th floor in suite 5.102.

 

Exams UT-Austin Accepts

UT-Austin allows students to attempt to place out of and earn credit for courses using several types of exam scores. Click below to view the exams we award credit for, required scores, and courses awarded:

I took AP or IB exams this year. When will my scores arrive?

AP and IB scores are released in the summer, in early- to mid-July.

What should I do if my orientation session is before scores are released?

Bring a list to orientation of any scores you do already have, as well as a list of exams for which you're waiting on results. This will assist with initial advising and fall course selection.

Where can I see my scores?

You can see all scores the University has on file for you on our website. As any future scores arrive, this page will be updated. Students who have taken a large number of exams may have multiple pages of results. You can view your Course Petitioning Page here (you will need to sign in with your EID).

I didn't take any AP or IB exams in high school. Can I still earn credit by exam?

Absolutely! We offer several other exams for UT students which provide students the opportunity to try to test out of many of the same courses awarded by AP or IB exams and more.

When should I claim credit for my AP, IB, or other exams I've completed?

It is always best to discuss your credit by exam options with your advisor.  They can help you make the most informed decision about how to best use credit by exam taking into account the specific requirements of your degree program. It is VERY important to check your degree requirements and consult with your advisor prior to claiming credit in order to ensure you are only claiming credit for coursework you need to complete degree requirements and that aligns with future plans you may have, such as graduate or professional programs. There may also be courses that your major or program requires that you take in-residence or for a letter grade. Once a course has been added to your UT transcript it becomes part of your permanent academic record and cannot be removed. There is a $10 per credit hour fee for claiming credit, and excess credit may also impact things like tuition rebates students may be eligible for after graduation.

Students may claim credit for any eligible test scores at any time while at UT. Claiming credit does not need to be finished prior to classes starting in the fall. If you are eligible for a course that you're not sure about or you know doesn't apply to your degree, you can always return to the petitioning page and claim credit for the course should it benefit you at a later time. You are not obligated to claim credit for a course you don't need, or a course you would prefer to (or are required to) take in-residence at UT.

Courses claimed over the summer by incoming freshmen for the fall 2022 semester will be written to transcripts when classes begin in August.

I didn't do well on one of my tests and the score isn't eligible for credit. Will that hurt me?

No. Any scores received that are too low to be eligible for credit will still appear on the course petitioning page, but they will not appear on your transcript or academic records or hurt your GPA.

 

Orientation Placement Tests

What placement tests are offered during summer orientation?

Students can register to take placement tests for French, German, or Spanish during summer orientation. These exams are encouraged for students with prior knowledge of those languages. Students may not need to take one of these exams if:

  • Your major does not require a foreign language and you do not intend to study one while at UT
  • You have potential AP or IB credit, which can also act as placement
  • You plan to pursue a language while at UT that is not French, German, or Spanish
  • You've already completed college-level language coursework at another institution that you plan to transfer to UT
  • You plan to pursue one of the languages listed above, but do not have any prior experience in the language. You do not need to take a placement test to enroll directly into the first semester of a language for which you have no prior knowledge.

If you are still not sure if you should take one of these tests, please contact our office for assistance.

Can I take one of those exams at another time?

Yes. Credit by exam and placement tests are offered during orientation but also during the academic year. If you want to take one of the tests listed above but will not have time during orientation, or aren't sure if you need the test, you can take it at a later time.

I want to take a test for a different language. Can I do that?

Yes. UT has exams for several languages beyond French, German, and Spanish that will be offered before fall classes begin and throughout the academic year. There are currently exams for American Sign Language (ASL), Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Polish, Portuguese, and Russian. Many other languages are taught at UT; for more information about testing for a language not listed here, please contact our office directly.

What about tests for other non-language courses?

We offer exams for a number of other non-language courses. These exams are not given during summer orientation, but are available before fall classes begin and throughout the academic year.

I registered for a language placement test when signing up for orientation, but no longer need or wish to take it. Can I cancel it?

Yes. If you opt not to take the test, you may cancel. If you registered for the test in the orientation portal through New Student Services, there is nothing formal that you need to do to cancel your exam. You may still receive a reminder email prior to your orientation session. Please contact our office with any questions.

 

Petitioning for (Claiming) Credit

How do I get the credit from my exam(s) added to my transcript?

To have a course added to your transcript using one of your exams, you must petition for (claim) credit on the Student Testing Services website. You can do this on the Course Petitioning Page as your scores arrive. Your results from any credit by exam tests you take while at UT will appear here as well. Please note that it is VERY important to read the information on the course petitioning page carefully, consult your degree requirements, and confirm the information with an academic advisor prior to claiming credit.

How do I petition for/claim credit?

On the Course Petitioning Page, locate the row for the exam that will award you credit for the course(s) you wish to claim. You will see two orange buttons: one that says Petition for Credit, and another that says Petition for Placement. In almost all cases, you will want to select Petition for Credit. It is VERY important to consult your degree requirements and advisor prior to claiming credit to ensure you are only claiming credit for courses you need. We strongly advise against claiming credit for everything available simply to achieve a higher class standing. Once those courses have been written to your record, they cannot be removed. You are the only one that can claim credit for your test scores; you must do so with your EID. Academic staff cannot petition for you, and no one else (such as parents, guardians, siblings, or friends) should petition on your behalf. You can claim credit for your test scores at any time while at UT; if you do not need credit for a course now or aren't sure, you can always return to the petitioning page to claim credit for it later, should you need it.

You should also be sure to read the terms on the petitioning page. This will tell you how the course will look on your transcript, give fee information, and more. Only finalize your petition for credit for a course once you are absolutely sure you need it. If you need help with the petitioning process or have additional questions, please contact our office.

When can I expect my credits to show up on my transcript?

If you are an entering freshman and have not yet started coursework, any credits that you petition for will not show up on your transcript until the first day of class. Until then, you will see a message that the course has been petitioned and is pending approval. For current and former students, petitioned credits are reported to the Office of the Registrar on the first workday of each week (Monday, unless there is a holiday) at 1 a.m. and written to your transcript the following workday (Tuesday, unless there is a holiday).

Is there a fee for claiming credit?

The petition fee is $10 per credit hour, due within 14 days. There are three ways that you can pay:

  • Online through your What I Owe page
  • In person at the Bursar’s Office located in the Main Building, Room 8
  • By mail to the Bursar’s Office, University of Texas at Austin, P.O. Box 7398, Austin, TX 78713-7398.

I went to petition for a course, but my scores aren’t on my Test Results page. What should I do?

Student Testing Services must receive an official score report from the testing agency that provided the examination. If you have not previously sent your scores in to UT Austin, visit the Sending Scores page for information on how to do so. If you have already sent your scores, please contact our office for assistance. If possible, have your copy of the official score report available for the advisor.

I petitioned for credit that I do not need. Is there any way I can have it removed from my transcript?

While it is possible to stop a petition that has not been reported to the Office of the Registrar, credits that are written to your transcript are considered permanent. If you have petitioned for credits that you do not need or want, contact the Student Testing Services office immediately to find out what options may be available to you.

 

Registering for Other Tests

How and when can I sign up to take a test?

Students can register to take other exams outside of orientation on the Test Registration System page (EID required). Incoming students will not be able to register until they attend orientation and upgrade their EID.

I want to sign up for a test, but there is not a test date listed on the test schedule. How and when can I sign up?

Our test schedule only reflects one month’s test dates at a time. There may not be a date listed for the test you are interested in either because the test has already happened for the month or because the testing period in which the test is offered has not yet arrived. Test dates are updated monthly on the 23rd of each month (or next business day). Once a day and time become available through the test schedule for the test you are planning to take, you will be able to register yourself online for that exam. Unfortunately, we are unable to register you for a test before the date is available through the test schedule. If you have a question about when a test will be offered next, contact our office. You can also see the Yearly Testing Schedule for a general idea of when tests are given here.

 

Testing With Accommodations

Student Testing Services works with Disability and Access (D&A) to provide accommodated testing for students with documented disabilities. Before registering to take an exam with us, you must have your accommodations on file with the D&A office. For more information on using accommodations for your credit by exam or placement test, click here. If you have any questions, please contact our office for assistance.

 

Other Questions

If you have any additional questions or need clarification regarding anything above, please don't hesitate to contact our office for assistance! You can also view our other FAQ page here.