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Dual Credit and Testing Information

Dual Credit

Sophomores, juniors, and seniors at any public, private, or home school in the greater Albuquerque area can get a jump start on college by taking 1000-level and above classes at CNM or UNM. Tuition and registration fees are waived!

Course Fees & uniform costs (if required) are not waived and are the responsibility of the student.

Dual Credit Student Responsibilities



CNM Dual Credit Program requires you to:

  • Be enrolled at least half time as a high school student.
  • Take college-level courses numbered 1000 or higher. Fitness courses are excluded from the Dual Credit Program.
  • Meet course prerequisites by submitting ACT/SAT scores at a CNM Admission Office or by taking CNM's Accuplacer Assessment to test for college-level course placement.
  • Not audit CNM Dual Credit courses.
  • Provide a valid state-issued student ID number (STARS ID).



UNM Dual Credit Admissions Criteria:

  • Students must be high school juniors or seniors
  • Students must have a 2.5 cumulative GPA on their high school and college records.
  • Students must be at least 15 years old at the time of application.





The ACT assessment measures academic achievement in the areas of English, mathematics, reading and science. The ACT can be required for entrance for many colleges and universities. It can be used to determine placement and scholarship eligibility.


The SAT measures verbal and mathematical reasoning skills. The SAT is required for entrance to several colleges and universities. It can be used to determine placement and scholarship eligibility.


This test includes assessments in reading, English, and math that determine course placement. Most commonly needed prior to registering for any Central New Mexico Community College course. It's suggested that you have your CNM Student ID ready when scheduling the test.

Sign up for an Accuplacer Test


The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is a multi-aptitude test battery consisting of 10 individual tests. Students receive scores on each individual test as well as composite scores based on the combination of individual tests. Composite scores are given in the areas of Verbal, Math, and Academic Ability. Students who would like to join the military need to take the ASVAB. It is also a career exploration test so any student can take it even if they are not interested in the military.