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Subjects with Departmental Proficiency Exams    (last updated December 11, 2017)

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 and check for registration deadlines!


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

Tuesday, January 23 at 6:00 p.m.  If you are interested in taking this exam, contact the MCB Core Curriculum Office in January (252 Davenport Hall, 244-6239). The deadline to register is noon on January 23rd.

Thursday, January 11 at 3:00 p.m. Please arrive by 2:40 for seating.

Probably Saturday afternoon January 20 at 1:30 p.m. with the conflict exam offered on Wednesday evening January 17 at 7:00 p.m. Please check back later for finalized test dates and rooms. Registration will open during Winter Break, and the deadline to sign up will be about two business days prior to the exam.

December 20 and 21 (during Final Exams Week) at 9:00 a.m., 12:00 noon, or 3:00 p.m. in Room 317 DKH.  To register for the ECON 103 Macroeconomics and/or the ECON 102 Microeconomics exam, go here and scroll to the bottom, and then click on the date and time when you wish to test. You must register at least 48 hours in advance. You are allowed to register for both exams if you wish, whether on the same day or different days. Space is limited, and the registration form will close when the slots are filled.

Check back later for Spring 2018 test dates.

French Proficiency Exam: Wednesday, January 17 at 5:00 p.m. in Foellinger Auditorium. Register here.

Spanish Proficiency Exam: Wednesday, January 17 at 5:00 p.m. in Foellinger Auditorium. Register here.

Contact the History Department prior to 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. Registration opens on January 5 and closes at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, January 17. Click here for more information.

Placement and proficiency testing is restricted to new students and to new majors/minors. Click the link for more information.

Registration is open to take a proficiency exam during Final Exams Week (December 15-21). Your options are PHYS 101, 102, 211, 212, 213, or 214.  The deadline to register is 10:00 p.m. on December 13th. Click here for more information and for the registration link. 

The Spring proficiency tests for PHYS 101, 102, 211, 212, 213, 214 or 225 will be given on Thursday, January 11. Registration will open after Final Exams Week.

Thursday January 18 at 5:30 p.m. Click here to register.

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.