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Subjects with Departmental Proficiency Exams    (last updated January 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.

Some departments require that you register in advance. Please be sure to click on the link that has the name of the subject to get more information!


Tuesday, January 23 at 6:00 p.m. in Room 162 Noyes Lab.

Tuesday, January 23 at 6:00 p.m. Registration required. Registration closes at noon on January 23rd.

Spring proficiency testing is over. Check back later for future dates. Results have already been emailed to students who took the January 11th exam. Results will be emailed soon to students who took the January 17th exam.  If you did not get an email, please check your spam filter.

Saturday, January 20 at 1:30 p.m. The conflict exam will be offered on Wednesday evening January 17 at 7:00 p.m. for those who have a compelling reason why they cannot take the exam at its regularly scheduled time. Registration required. Registration closes on January 18th (for the main exam) and on January 16th (for the conflict exam). Options are CS 101, 105, 125, 173,  and 225. NOTE:  The CS 101 Proficiency Exam will be held in the Computer Based Testing Facility, and you can pick your testing time here.

Tuesday, January 23 and Wednesday, January 24 at 5:00 p.m. in Room 215 DKH. You may choose to take only ECON 102, only ECON 103, or both proficiency exams. Registration required (scroll to the bottom and select either "Jan23" or "Jan24").

Spring proficiency testing is over. Check back later for future dates.

Chinese Placement Test: Registration is FULL for the test that serves to fulfill the Gen Ed LOTE requirement.

Learn about testing in other languages.

Contact the History Department prior to Tuesday, January 16 if you wish to take a proficiency exam in U.S. History (HIST 171 or HIST 172) or Western Civilization (HIST 141 or HIST 142).

Saturday, January 20 at 9:00 a.m. in Room 1320 DCL. Registration required. Registration closes at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, January 17. Options are MATH 220, 225, 231, 241, 285, 286, and 415. The next opportunity to take a math proficiency exam will be in mid-June.

Tuesday January 16, Wednesday January 17, or Thursday January 18 depending on the test. All begin at 7:00 p.m. except Piano, which begins at 6:00 p.m. Registration required for Piano. Click the link for more information.

Spring proficiency testing is over. Check back later for future dates. Some exams may be offered during Finals Week (May 4-11, 2018).

Thursday, January 18 at 5:30 p.m. in Room 12 Psychology Bldg.  Registration required.

There is no departmental proficiency test for RHET 105. 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.