Exam Equivalencies

Did you know that if you’ve taken certain exams they may apply as credit towards a class or qualify as a pre-requisite? Check out the information below to see how your scores from AP, CLEP, DSST or IB exams can be applied towards Dual Enrollment at NCC.

If you have any questions about how your exam scores equate to credits at NCC, please contact NCC’s Director of Prior Learning Assessment. 

Director, Prior Learning Assessment
Thomas O’Connor, Ph.D.
College Center, Room 102
toconnor@northampton.edu
610-332-6589

AP Exams

The following table lists how AP Exam scores translate into credits at NCC.

AP Exam Score Credit Equivalency
Art Hisory 3 ARTA 101
Biology 3 BIOS 107
Calculus AB 3 MATH165
Calculus AB 4 MATH180
Calculus BC 3 MATH180 and MATH181
Chemistry 3 CHEM 120
Chemistry 4 CHEM120 and CHEM220
Chinese Language 3 MDLA105 and MDLA115
Computer Science A 3 CISC115
Computer Science A 4 CISC115 and CISC125
Computer Science Principles 3 CISC 100 
English Language & Composition 3 ENGL101
English Literature & Composition 3 ENGL151
Environmental Science 3 BIOS 126
European; History 3 HIST153 or;Generic HIST Elective for 3 credits
French Language 3 MDLA102 and MDLA112
German Language 3 MDLA Elective for 6 credits
Government and Politics: Comparative 3 Generic POLS Elective for 3 credits
Government and Politics: United States 3 POLS110
Human Geography 3 GEOG101
Macroeconomics 3 ECON201
Microeconomics 3 ECON251
Music Theory 3 MUSC 110
Physics B/Physics I 3 PHYS101 and PHYS151
Physics 2 (Algebra-based) 3 PHYS151
Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism 3 PHYS 151
Physics C: Mechanics 3 PHYS 101
Psychology 3 PSYC 103
Spanish Language 3 MDLA103 and MDLA113
Statistics 3 MATH 150
Studio Art: 2-D Design 3 ARTA 111
Studio Art: 3-D Design 3 ARTA 110
Studio Art: Drawing 3 ARTA 107
United States History 3 HIST113
World History 3 Generic HIST elective for 3 credits

CLEP Exams

Students who have successfully passed a CLEP exam in one of the following subjects can also gain credit if they received the applicable credit-granting score or higher.

CLEP Exam Credit-Granting Score CLEP recommeded credit hrs Credit Equivalency
American Government 50 3 POLS 110
American Literature 50 3 ENGL 205 & ENGL 255
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature 50 3 ENGL 151
Biology 50 6 BIOS 107
Calculus 50 4 MATH 180
Chemistry 50 3 Generic CHEM Elective for 3 credits
College Algebra 50 3 MATH 140
College Composition 50 6 ENGL 101 & ENGL 151
College Mathematics 50 3 3-credit Math Elective
College Composition Modular 50 3 ENGL 101;
English Literature 50 6 ENGL 201 & ENGL 251
Financial Accounting 50 3 ACCT 101
French Level 1 50 6 MDLA 102 & MDLA 112
French Level 2 50 9 MDLA 122 & MDLA 152
German Level 1 50 6 Generic MDLA Elective for 6 credits
German Level 2 60 9 Generic MDLA Elective for 9 credits
History of the US I 50 3 HIST 113
History of the US II 50 3 HIST 163
Human Growth and Development 50 3 PSYC 258
Humanities 50 3 not accepted by NCC
Information Systems 50 3 CISC101
Introduction to Educational Psychology 50 3 Generic PSYCH Elective for 3 credits
Introductory Business Law 50 3 BUSA 152
Introductory Psychology 50 3 PSYC 103
Introductory Sociology 50 3 SOCA 103
Natural Sciences 50 3 Generic BIOS Elective for 3 credits
Precalculus 50 3 MATH 160
Principles of Macroeconomics 50 3 ECON 201
Principles of Management 50 3 BUSA 205
Principles of Marketing 50 3 BUSA 232
Principles of Microeconomics 50 3 ECON 251
Social Sciences and History 50 3 Generic HIST Elective for 3 credits
Spanish Level 1 50 6 MDLA 103 & MDLA 113
Spanish Level 2 63 9 MDLA 123 & MDLA 133
Spanish with Writing Level 1 50 6 MDLA 103 & MDLA 113
Spanish with Writing Level 2 65 12 MDLA 123 & MDLA 133
Western Civ I: Ancient to 1648 50 3 HIST 103

Western Civ II: 1648 to Present

50 3 HIST 153

DANTES Subject Standardized Test ® (DSST)

Northampton Community College recognizes the DANTES Subject Standardized Test ® (DSST) exams recommended for credit by the American Council on Education (ACE).

NCC awards course equivalencies for successfully completed subject area course exams based on the ACE score equivalency recommendations for past and present examinations.

All participating members of the PA College Transfer System must award credit, and apply it toward graduation, for the approved minimum scores. www.patrac.org

DANTES DSST Exam Title ACE Recommended Score NCC Credit Hours Awarded NCC Course Equivalency
Business Courses
Business Ethics and Society 400 3 BUSA Elective Credit
Business Mathematics 400 3 BUSA Elective Credit
HumanResource Management 400 3 BUSA 226
Introduction to Business 400 3 BUSA 101
Money and Banking 400 3 BUSA Elective Credit
Personal Finance 400 3 BUSA 211
Principles of Finance 400 3 BUSA Elective Credit
Principles of Supervision 400 3 BUSA Elective Credit
History Courses
A History of the Vietnam War 400 3 HIST Elective Credit
The Civil War and Reconstruction 400 3 HIST 166
Art Course
Art of the Western World 400 3 ARTA 101
Humanities Courses
Ethics in America 400 3 PHIL 202
Principles of Advanced English Composition 400 3 ENGL 101
Introduction to World Religions 400 3 PHIL 121
Social and Behavioral Sciences Courses
Foundations in Education 400 3 EDUC Elective Credit
Fundamentals of Counseling 400 3 PSYC Elective Credit
General Anthropology   400 3 SOCA 102
Lifespan Developmental Psychology 400 3 PSYC 258
Substance Abuse 400 3 PSYC Elective Credit
Introduction to Geography 400 3 GEOG 101
Introduction to Law Enforcement 400 3 CJST 135
Criminal Justice 400 3 CJST 101
Natural Science Courses
Astronomy 400 3 GEOG Elective Credit
Environmental Science 400 3 BIOS Elective Credit
Introduction to Geology 400 3 GEOL Elective Credit
Health Course
Health and Human Development 400 3 HEAL 150
Information Technology Courses
Computing and Information Technology 400 3 CISC 101
Ethics in Technology 400 3 CISC 280 (Law & Ethics of Computer Security)
Fundamentals of Cybersecurity 400 4 CISC 205
Management Information Systems 400 4 CISC 104 (Information Systems and Resources)

The following DANTES DSST exams are available but have not yet been reviewed by TAOC for recommendations.

DANTES DSST Exam Title ACE Recommended Score NCC Credit Hours Awarded NCC Course Equivalency
Organizational Behavior 400 3 BUSA Elective Credit
Principles of Public Speaking 400 3 CMTH 102
Fundamentals of College Algebra 400 3 MATH 140
Math for Liberal Arts 400 3 MATH 120
Principles of Statistics 400 3 MATH 150
Human / Cultural Geography 400 3 GEOG 101

Old DSST scores (for exams prior to 2008) will be reviewed on a case by case basis for potential awarding of credit.

International Baccalaureate ® (IB)

Northampton Community College recognizes the International Baccalaureate ® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) offered to high school aged students in the US and by international schools all over the world.

NCC awards course equivalencies for successfully completed Higher Level (HL) subject area course exams. Minimum scores range from 4–6 based on course subject and level.

All participating members of the PA College Transfer System must award credit, and apply it toward graduation, for the approved minimum scores. www.patrac.org

IB Examination Minimum Score NCC Course Equivalency
Biology (HL) 5 BIOS 107
Business Management (HL) 4 BUSA 205
Chemistry (HL) 5 CHEM 120
Computer Science (HL) 5 CISC 100
Dance (HL) 4 DANC 101
Design Technology 5 ARTA 111
Economics (HL) 5 ECON 201
English A: Literature (HL) 5 ENGL 151
English B (HL) 5 ENGL 101
Film (HL) 4 CMTH 220
French B (HL) 5 MDLA 102
French B (HL) 6 MDLA 102& 112
Further Mathematics (HL) 4 MATH 150, MATH 180, OR MATH 202 for 3 or 4 credits depending on student’s Program of Study
Further Mathematics (HL) 6 MATH 150, MATH 180, OR MATH 202 for 6 – 8 credits depending on student’s Program of Study
Geography (HL) 3 GEOG General Elective for 3 credits
History (HL) 4 HIST General Elective
Info Technology in Global Society (HL) 5 CISC 101
Mathematics (HL) 4 MATH 160
Mathematics (HL) 6 MATH 160 & MATH 180
Music (HL) 4 MUSC 110
Philosophy (HL) 5 PHIL 201
Physics (HL) 5 PHYS 101
Physics (HL) 6 PHYS 101 (with a score of only 5) and PHYS 151 (both classes with a score of 6 or above)
Psychology (HL) 5 PSYC 103
Sport, Exercise, and Health Science 5 SMAT 101
Spanish B (HL) 5 MDLA 103
Spanish B (HL) 6 MDLA 103 and133
Theatre (HL) 4 CMTH 110
Visual Arts(HL) 4 ARTA general elective (3 credits)