Transfer Credits by Exam

You may be able to earn credits toward your TCC degree or certificate by passing approved exams as long as there is no duplication of academic credit and your scores meet TCC's standards.

Transfer credit evaluation timeline

We encourage you to submit any previously-earned exam scores prior to enrolling in your first term at TCC. However, your information will not be evaluated by the Office of the College Registrar for transfer credit processing until after the academic drop deadline during your first term.

TCC assumes no responsibility regarding the acceptance of Advanced Standing credit by other institutions to which the student may transfer.

Advanced Placement Exams

TCC’s academic deans determine the credit that can be granted for Advanced Placement (AP) exams. The Office of the College Registrar posts credits awarded for approved AP scores.

TCC only accepts a score of 3 or higher for Advanced Placement exams. 

Follow the steps below to request credit for AP exams:

  1. Have official scores from College Board mailed to: Office of the College Registrar, Tidewater Community College, P.O. Box 9000, Norfolk, VA 23509-9000.
  2. Submit a request for an Evaluation of Educational Experience form.
  3. Visit TCC's Transfer Evaluation System to review TCC course equivalences for AP exams. 


    In the Find Transfer College by Name field, enter "College Board" and click Search.

    Click on the link in the results list. A list of Advanced Placement (AP) Exams will be displayed. Select the specific exam name by clicking the View icon next to the exam name to see more details.

CLEP International Exams

TCC’s academic deans determine the credit that can be granted for College Level Examination Program (CLEP). The Office of the College Registrar posts credits awarded for approved CLEP scores.

TCC only accepts a score of 50 or higher for CLEP exams. 

Follow the steps below to request credit for CLEP exams:

  1. Have official scores mailed to: Office of the College Registrar, Tidewater Community College, P.O. Box 9000, Norfolk, VA 23509-9000.
  2. Submit a request for an Evaluation of Educational Experience form
  3. Visit TCC's Transfer Evaluation System to review TCC course equivalences for CLEP Exams. 


    In the Find Transfer College by Name field, enter "College Board" and click Search.

    Click on the link in the results list. Type "CLEP" in the box next to the Course Code field and click Search. A list of CLEP Exams will be displayed. Select the specific exam name by clicking the View icon next to the exam name to see more details.

Excelsior College/UEXCEL Exams

TCC’s academic deans determine the credit that can be granted for Excelsior College/UEXCEL Exams. The Office of the College Registrar posts credits awarded for approved scores.

Follow the steps below to request credit for Excelsior College/UEXCEL Exams exams:

  1. Have official scores mailed to: Office of the College Registrar, Tidewater Community College, P.O. Box 9000, Norfolk, VA 23509-9000.
  2. Submit a request for an Evaluation of Educational Experience form.
  3. Visit TCC's Transfer Evaluation System to review TCC course equivalences for Excelsior College/ UEXCEL Exams.


    In the Find Transfer College by Name field, enter "American Council on Education" and click Search.

    Click on the link in the results list. Next, enter the exam code in the “Course Code” field and click Search.

    Select the specific exam name by clicking the View icon next to the exam name to see more details.

Cambridge International Exams

TCC’s academic deans determine the credit that can be granted for Cambridge International Exams. The Office of the College Registrar posts credits awarded for approved scores.

TCC only accepts a score of C or better for Cambridge International exams (A/AS). 

Follow the steps below to request credit for Cambridge International Exams

  1. Have official scores mailed to: Office of the College Registrar, Tidewater Community College, P.O. Box 9000, Norfolk, VA 23509-9000
  2. Submit a request for an Evaluation of Educational Experience form
  3. Visit TCC's Transfer Evaluation System to review TCC course equivalences for Cambridge International Exams.
     

    In the Find Transfer College by Name field, enter "Cambridge International" and click Search.

    Click on the link in the results list. A list of Cambridge International Exams will be displayed. Select the specific exam name by clicking the View icon next to the exam name to see more details.

DSST (DANTES Subject Standardized Tests)

TCC’s academic deans determine the credit that can be granted for DSST/DANTES exams. The Office of the College Registrar posts credits awarded for approved scores.

Follow the steps below to request credit for DSST/DANTES exams:

  1. Have official scores mailed to: Office of the College Registrar, Tidewater Community College, P.O. Box 9000, Norfolk, VA 23509-9000.
  2. Submit a request for an Evaluation of Educational Experience form.
  3. Visit TCC's Transfer Evaluation System to review TCC course equivalences for DSST/DANTES exams.

    In the Find Transfer College by Name field, enter "DANTES" and click Search.


    Click on the link in the results list. A list of DANTES/DSST exams will be displayed. Select the specific exam name by clicking the View icon next to the exam name to see more details.

Challenge Exams

Currently enrolled, curriculum-placed students may be able to challenge a TCC course with the approval of the academic dean and the program head/discipline faculty.

Before seeking approval to take a challenge examination, you should be prepared to show evidence that you have attained equivalent knowledge and skills through post-secondary life/work experience or non-credit programs and courses.

Follow the steps below to request permission to challenge a course:

1. Complete and submit the Application for Credit by Exam or Previous Non-Collegiate Training or Experience form. (A separate form is required for each course challenged.)

2. Once you have completed the challenge exam, results will be sent to the Office of the College Registrar.

View a list of current challenge exams

International Baccalaureate

TCC’s academic deans determine the credit that can be granted for International Baccalaureate Exams. The Office of the College Registrar posts credits awarded for approved scores.

TCC only accepts a score of 5 or higher (standard level IB exams) and a score of 4 or higher (higher level IB exams). 

Follow the steps below to request credit for International Baccalaureate Exams:

  1. Have official scores mailed to: Office of the College Registrar, Tidewater Community College, P.O. Box 9000, Norfolk, VA 23509-9000.
  2. Submit a request for an Evaluation of Educational Experience form.
  3. Visit TCC's Transfer Evaluation System to review TCC course equivalences for International Baccalaureate.

    In the Find Transfer College by Name field, enter "International Baccalaureate" and click Search.


    Click on the link in the results list. A list of International Baccalaureate exams will be displayed. Select the specific exam name by clicking the View icon next to the exam name to see more details.

Contact us

Phone: 757-822-1900
Fax: 757-822-1955
Email: registrar@tcc.edu

Mailing address:
Tidewater Community College

Office of the College Registrar
P.O. Box 9000
Norfolk, VA 23509-9000