Credit by Exam
The Academic Services Office provides Credit by Exam opportunities for students to earn course credit by demonstrating mastery of previously studied material. Students who have taken AP courses or courses at other universities before transferring to Texas A&M at Qatar are ideal candidates for Credit by Exam. The tests are difficult and CBE should not be viewed as a substitute for learning the subject matter, as the courses offered for Credit by Exam are pre-requisites for courses in the engineering curriculum. Since the exams are designed to test material that has already been studied, there are no study guides and no sample tests available. Insight about test content can be obtained from the links below or from course syllabi.
Texas A&M at Qatar offers the following exams for CBE:
The test for Chemistry 101/111 is a two hour, multiple choice examination that covers substances, compounds, elements, and mixtures; stoichiometry, chemical formulas, and equations; atomic structure; chemical periodicity and ionic bonding; covalent bonding and inorganic nomenclature; chemical reactions; gases, liquids, and solids, solutions; acids, bases, and salts. Non-programmable calculators are required. A score of 52% is required for credit in Chemistry 101/111.
A score of 70% on the Chemistry 101/111 examination or classroom credit for CHEM 101 qualifies you to take the test for Chemistry 102/112. The test for Chemistry 102/112 is a two hour, multiple-choice examination. This course is a continuation of the Fundamentals of Chemistry. Non-programmable calculators are required. A score of 60% is required for credit in Chemistry 102/112.
The test for Chemistry 107 is a two hour free response exam covering the principles of chemistry, emphasis on areas considered most relevant in an engineering context, and practical applications of chemical principles in engineering and technology.
Special Requirements and Policies
A student may receive credit for CHEM 101 with a score of 52 or more on the departmental exam. A score of 70 or more qualifies the student to take the departmental exam for CHEM 102. A score of 700 or higher on the SAT II Chemistry Test also qualifies the student to take the departmental exam for CHEM 102. Non-programmable calculators are required.
The test for MATH 151 is a two hour multiple choice examination. The test covers rectangular coordinates, vectors, analytical geometry, functions, limits, derivatives of functions, applications, and integration. Calculators are not permitted. A score of 70% is required for credit in MATH 151.
The test for MATH 151 is a two hour multiple choice examination. Differentiation and integration techniques and their application (areas, volumes, work), improper integrals, approximate integration, analytic geometry, vectors, infi- nite series, power series, and Taylor series are covered on the test. Calculators are not permitted. A score of 72% is required for credit in MATH 152.
The test for Physics 201 is a 2 hour, multiple-choice examination that covers fundamentals of classical mechanics, heat, and sound. A thorough review of a basic text in college physics is recommended before attempting this examination. Non-programmable calculators are required. A score of 75% is required for credit in Physics 201.
A score of 75% or more on the Physics 201 examination, or classroom credit for PHYS 201, qualifies you to take the test for Physics 202. The test for Physics 202 is a 2 hour, multiple-choice examination. Topics covered on this test are fundamentals of classical electricity and light; introduction to contemporary physics. Non-programmable calculators are required. A score of 75% is required for credit in Physics 202.
Prior credit for PHYS 218, qualifies you to take the test for Physics 208. The test for Physics 208 is a 2 hour, multiple-choice examination that covers electricity, magnetism, and optics. Non-programmable calculators are required. A score of 75% is required for credit in Physics 208.
The test for Physics 218 is a 2 hour, free response examination. The test covers mechanics for students in science and engineering. Physics 218 is a calculus-based physics course. If you have not had a calculus-based physics course, it is unlikely that you would do well on this examination. Non-programmable calculators are required. A score of 75% is required for credit in Physics 218.
On the day of the test you should report to testing room shortly before your scheduled test session. You must bring a non-programmable calculator. In addition, you must provide a national ID, Texas A&M University at Qatar student identification card, or passport to be admitted to the test. Score Reporting Results from the departmental multiple choice examinations will be emailed no later than two working days after the test. Scores from the departmental free response examinations will be available within two weeks. Scores will only be released in person.
A: Yes, you may take the exam after you have dropped the course.
Q: I’m taking CHEM 107. Can I take the credit by exam and drop the course if I pass?
A: Yes, but you may not receive credit for the examination until you drop the course. Students may not have credit posted for credit by examination for courses in which he or she is currently registered (Student rule 8.4.4).Q: I earned a D in MATH 152. Am I eligible to take credit by exam?
A: No. Students may not have credit posted for credit by examination for courses in which he or she has acquired a grade at Texas A&M other than Q or W or NG (Student rule 8.4.4).Q: I studied the material in MATH 251 at my previous university but you don’t offer credit by exam for this course. Is there a way for me to earn course credit?
A: Possibly. Officially enrolled students who believe they are proficient in the material of an undergraduate course may request that the offering department provide an appropriate opportunity for credit by examination (Student rule 8.4.12). See Student Rule 8.4 for additional details on rules governing credit by exam.