Test Credit

Students can gain credit for specific UMKC courses by earning the appropriate score on a corresponding test.

Credit by Examination

Test credit will not be posted to your UMKC academic record until official scores are received directly from the testing agency. Test scores should be sent to:

UMKC Admissions Office
5000 Holmes St.
Kansas City, MO 64110

Only 30 hours of test credit can be applied towards your degree.

Signing up for tests

The International Baccalaureate (IB) and Advanced Placement (AP) programs are administered through high schools. For information about these programs, students should consult their counselor or principal or contact AP by email at apexams@ets.org, visiting the the College Board website or calling 888-CALL-4-AP.

Transferring test credit

When official score reports are received, the credit will automatically be added to individual student records. Test credit will not be posted to your UMKC academic record until official scores are received directly from the testing agency. Test scores should be sent to:

UMKC Admissions Office
5000 Holmes St.
Kansas City, MO 64110

The equivalencies on this page are what is currently accepted at UMKC. Students who have credit for prior terms may have slightly different course equivalencies.

Students should consult the advising office of the UMKC school or college in which they are enrolled or plan to enroll to determine the applicability of credit by examination to their degree program. Only 30 hours of test credit can be applied towards your degree.

Test Options

Students may gain credit for specific UMKC courses by earning the appropriate score on one of these exams.

The Advanced Placement Program of the College Board is accepted by UMKC.

UMKC awards credit for specific scores (noted here) on certain Advanced Placement exams.

UMKC credit for AP scores
Test name Required score UMKC course UMKC hours UMKC Core
Art History 3 Fine Arts Elective 3
Art/Studio 2D Design 3 Studio Art Elective 3
Art/Studio 3D Design 3 ART 131 3
Art/Studio-Drawing Portfolio 3 Studio Art Elective 3
Biology 3 BIOLOGY 102 3 Focus B
Calculus AB 3 MATH 210 4 Focus B
Calculus BC 3

MATH 210
MATH 220

4 Focus B
Capstone Research 4

Honors Research Elective

3
Capstone Seminar 4

ANCH 198

3 Anchor I
Chemistry (before May 2012) 3

CHEM 211

4

Focus B
Chemistry (before May 2012) 3

CHEM 211L

1

Chemistry (before May 2012) 3

CHEM 212R

4

Focus B
Chemistry (before May 2012) 3

CHEM 212LR

1

Chemistry (after May 2012) 3

CHEM 115

4

Focus B
Chemistry (after May 2012) 3

CHEM 115L

1

Chemistry (after May 2012) 4

CHEM 211

4

Focus B
Chemistry (after May 2012) 4

CHEM 211L

1

Chemistry (after May 2012) 5

CHEM 211

4

Focus B
Chemistry (after May 2012) 5

CHEM 211L

1

Chemistry (after May 2012) 5

CHEM 212R

4

Focus B
Chemistry (after May 2012) 5

CHEM 212LR

1

Chinese Language and Culture 3

CHINESE 211

3

Chinese Language and Culture 4

CHINESE 221

3

Comparative Government Politics 3

POL-SCI 220

3

Focus C
Computer Science A (after May 2016) 4

COMP-SCI 101

3

Computer Science A (after May 2017) 4

COMP-SCI 101

3

Computer Science A (after May 2017) 4

COMP-SCI 101L

1

Computer Science Principles (after May 2016) 3

COMP-SCI elective

3

Computer Science Principles (after May 2017) 3

COMP-SCI 100

3

Focus B
Econ Macro 4

ECON 201

3

Focus B
Econ Micro 4

ECON 202

3

Focus B
English Language and Composition 4

ENGLISH 110

3

Discourse I
English Literature and Composition 4

ENGLISH 124

3

Environmental Science 3

ENV-SCI 110R

3

Focus B
Environmental Science 4

ENV-SCI 110R

3

Focus B
Environmental Science 4

ENV-SCI 110L

2

European History 3

HISTORY 201
HISTORY 202

3

Focus A
French Language (before May 2016) 3

FRENCH 110
FRENCH 120

3

French Language (after May 2016) 3

FRENCH 211

3

French Language (after May 2016) 4

FRENCH 221

3

French Literature 3

French Elective

3

German Language (before May 2016) 3

GERMAN 110
GERMAN 120

3

German Language (after May 2016) 3

GERMAN 211

3

German Language (after May 2016) 4

GERMAN 221

3

Human Geography 4

GEOG 210

3

Italian Language and Culture 3

ITALIAN 211

3

Italian Language and Culture 4

ITALIAN 221

3

Japanese Language and Culture 3

JAPANESE 211

3

Japanese Language and Culture 4

JAPANESE 221

3

Latin/Literature 3

LATIN 110
LATIN 120
LATIN 211

3

Latin/Virgil 3

LATIN 110
LATIN 120

3

Music Theory (before May 2017) 4

CONSVTY 121

3

Music Theory (before May 2017) 5

CONSVTY 121
CONSVTY 122

3

Music Theory (after May 2017) 3

CONSVTY 103

2

Physics 1 3

PHYSICS 210

4

Focus B
Physics 2 3

PHYSICS 220

4

Focus B
Physics B (last given in 2014) 3

PHYSICS 210
PHYSICS 220

4

Focus B
Physics C - Mechanics 3

PHYSICS 240

5

Focus B
Physics C - E and M 3

PHYSICS 250

5

Focus B
Psychology 3

PSYCH 210

3

Focus C
Spanish Language (before May 2016) 3

SPANISH 110
SPANISH 120

3

Spanish Language (after May 2016) 3

SPANISH 211

3

Spanish Language (after May 2016) 4

SPANISH 221

3

Spanish Literature 3

Spanish Elective 

3
Statistics 4

STAT 235

3 Focus B
US Govt. Politics 3

POL-SCI 210

3 Focus C
US History 3

HISTORY 101
HISTORY 102

3 Focus C
World History 3

HISTORY 208

3 Focus A

The CLEP examinations are acceptable for credit in certain areas of study. UMKC awards credit for specific scores (noted here) on the indicated CLEP subject exams with the following execptions:

  • Credit is not given for any of the five CLEP general exams. 
  • No CLEP subject exam may be taken in the final 30 hours of coursework leading to a degree.

Students should consult their academic adviser to determine the acceptability of CLEP credit in meeting specific degree requirements.

UMKC credit for CLEP scores
Test name Required Score UMKC Course UMKC Hours UMKC Core
American Government 50 POL-SCI 210 3 Focus C
History of the US I 50 HISTORY 101 3 Focus C
History of the US II 50 HISTORY 102 3 Focus C
Western Civilization I 50 HISTORY 201 3 Focus A
Western Civilization II 50 HISTORY 202 3 Focus A
Principles of Macroeconomics 50 ECON 201 3 Focus B
Introductory Psychology 50 PSYCH 210 3 Focus C
College Algebra 50 MATH 110 3 Focus B
College Algebra/Trig 50 MATH 120 3 Focus B
French Language 50 FRENCH 110
FRENCH 120
3
German Language 50 GERMAN 110
GERMAN 120
3
Spanish Language 50 SPANISH 110
SPANISH 120
3

IB examinations are tests taken as the culmination of a special high school study program. UMKC will grant credit to students who have passed the higher level exams with the required score(s) shown here.

UMKC credit for IB scores
Test Name Score Required UMKC Course UMKC Hours UMKC Core
Biology 5 BIOLOGY 102 3 Focus B
Chemistry 5 CHEM 211 4 Focus B
Chemistry 5 CHEM 211L 1 Focus B
Chemistry 5 CHEM 212R 4 Focus B
Chemistry 5 CHEM 212LR 1 Focus B
Economics 5 ECON 201
ECON 202
3 Focus B
English A1 5 English Lit Elective 3
French B 5 FRENCH 110
FRENCH 210
3
Geography 5 GEOG 105 3
German B 5 GERMAN 110
GERMAN 120
3
History 5 HISTORY 208 3 Focus A
History of Americas 5 HISTORY 208 3 Focus A
Latin 5 LATIN 110
LATIN 120
3
Mathematics 5 MATH 210 4 Focus B
Philosophy 5 PHILOS 210 3 Focus A
Physics 5 PHYSICS 210
PHYSICS 220
4 Focus B
Psychology 5 PSYCH 210 3 Focus C
Social Anthro 5 SOCIOL 103 3
Spanish B 5 SPANISH 110
SPANISH 120
3

Credit by departmental examination may be earned if a student has previous knowledge or proficiency in an area of study and arranges to take a departmentally administered examination. The department involved must be willing to offer a test that measures the same level of proficiency as is required to earn credit for enrollment in the course. Before taking a departmental examination, students must register in the UMKC Registration and Records office and obtain a Credit by Departmental Examination Form (PDF). The charge for attempting credit by departmental exam is equal to one credit hour.

Eligibility for credit by departmental examination requires:

  • Enrolling as a degree-seeking student at UMKC in the same semester in which the student wishes to take the examination
  • Taking the departmental examination by the end of that same term
  • Not having audited or attempted the course for credit in the last three terms, and earning at least a grade of C on the exam

A maximum of 30 hours from these programs may be used toward completing undergraduate requirements. Eligibility to receive credit by examination does not guarantee its applicability to degree programs. The official credit by examination policy of each school and college is available from the appropriate advising office.

Credit can only be awarded based upon official score reports sent to UMKC. Credit will not be awarded based upon scores reported on previous college or university transcripts, nor from student copies of score reports. Official score reports may be sent to:

Registration and Records Office
University of Missouri-Kansas City
5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110