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Subjects with Departmental Proficiency Exams    (last updated April 18, 2018)

There are many exams that allow an incoming student to try to earn proficiency credit. In addition to the Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams that you can take in high school, you have ample opportunity to demonstrate your proficiency in the sciences and the humanities by taking a departmental proficiency exam once you come to campus. Most proficiency exams are offered during the first week of classes. Click on a subject below for more specific information.

 

Check back later for the Fall 2018 test date. Options are IB 100, IB 104, and IB 150.

Check back later for the Fall 2018 test date.

Check back later for the Fall 2018 test date, which will be during the week of August 20-24, 2018. Note that no credit is given for general chemistry labs.

Check back later for the Fall 2018 test date, which will probably be Saturday August 25. Options are CS 101, 105, 125, 173,  and 225.

For currently enrolled students, the next opportunity is during Finals Week, specifically May 8th and 9th between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. When you register, you'll choose the two-hour time slot that you prefer. Registration will open on or around April 24th. Options are ECON 102, ECON 103, or both.

For new, incoming Fall 2018 students, ECON proficiency exams will be at the start of Fall semester. Check back later for the Fall 2018 test date.

Japanese Placement Testing (strong performance fulfills the LOTE requirement but does not award course credit): Friday August 24 from 10:00 to 12:00 noon in Room G30 FLB. Register here.

Korean Placement Testing (strong performance fulfills the LOTE requirement but does not award course credit): Friday August 24 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Room G27 FLB. Register here.

Check back later for the Fall 2018 test dates for other languages.

Learn about testing in less commonly studied languages.

Check back later for the Fall 2018 test date. Options are HIST 141, 142, 171, or 172.

For currently enrolled students, the next opportunity is at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 16, 2018. Registration will open on Friday, June 1 and close at 5:00 p.m. on June 13.

For new, incoming Fall 2018 students, an opportunity to take the MATH 220 'Calculus I' proficiency exam will be at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 23, 2018 (check back for the location). No registration is necessary. Bring a valid photo ID, your UIN, and no calculator. Other math course proficiency exams for new incoming students will be offered at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 1, 2018. Registration is required for the September 1st exams and will open on Friday, August 17 and close at 5:00 p.m. on August 29.

Check back later for the Fall 2018 test date.

For currently enrolled students, the next opportunity is during Finals Week, specifically Friday May 4 through Wednesday May 9, 2018. Registration is required and will close at midnight on May 2nd. Options are PHYS 101, 102, 211, 212, 213, and 214. Click the link for more information.

For new, incoming Fall 2018 students, check back later for the Fall 2018 test date.

Thursday, August 30 at 5:30 p.m. Registration is required and will open on Monday June 4.

There is no departmental proficiency test for RHET 105. Credit for this course can be earned with sufficiently high scores on the ACT or SAT, the two AP English tests, or any of seven different IB tests. Click the link for more information.

 

Any student who just missed earning proficiency credit from the AP Calculus or AP Physics exams and any student who scores well on the Chemistry and/or Physics Placement Exams should seriously consider taking the departmental proficiency test.

 

To try to proficiency out of an introductory course not mentioned above, contact the department that offers the course.

If the proficiency exam also offers course placement, you will need to check with the department for your placement results.

 

IMPORTANT! Duplicate credit earned through AP, IB, departmental examinations or any other means will not be granted. This means, for example, that if you already earned MATH 220 credit through the AP Calculus exam, you cannot earn MATH 220 credit again by taking the Math Proficiency Exam. Credit for a particular course will be awarded only once.