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Subjects with Departmental Proficiency Exams    (last updated January 29, 2019)

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.

 

Proficiency testing for Spring 2019 has ended. For general information about the tests, click "Integrative Biology" (above).

Proficiency testing for Spring 2019 has ended. For general information about the tests, click "Molecular and Cellular Biology" (above).

Proficiency testing for Spring 2019 has ended. For general information about the test, click "Chemistry" (above).

Proficiency testing for Spring 2019 has ended. For general information about the tests, click "Computer Science" (above).

Proficiency testing for Spring 2019 has ended. For general information about the tests, click "Economics" (above).

Proficiency testing for Spring 2019 has ended.

Individual, on-demand testing in Chinese, French, or Spanish is available for eligible students. Please contact Melissa Minarik at least 5 business days prior to your desired test date to schedule your appointment at the Testing Center.

Learn about testing in other less commonly studied languages.

Proficiency testing for Spring 2019 has ended. For general information about the tests, click "History" (above).

Proficiency testing for Spring 2019 has ended. For general information about the tests, click "Math" (above).

Proficiency testing for Spring 2019 has ended. Please note that testing is offered to new freshmen and transfer students only. Currently enrolled students cannot take the MUS 101, 102, 107, 108, 201, 207, or 208 tests. For general information about the tests, click "Music" (above).

  • Physics
  • Proficiency testing for Spring 2019 has ended. For general information about the tests, click "Physics" (above).

  • Psychology 100

    Proficiency testing for Spring 2019 has ended. For general information about the test, click "Psychology 100" (above).

  • Rhetoric

    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. For more information, click "Rhetoric" (above).

     

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

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

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

     

    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 Department's MATH 220 proficiency exam. Credit for a particular course will be awarded only once.