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Subjects with Departmental Proficiency Exams    (last updated November 20, 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.

Check back later for Spring 2018 test dates.

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

Probably Saturday January 20 with the conflict exam on Wednesday evening January 24. Please check back later to see if test dates and rooms have been finalized.

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.  Go to this website and scroll to the bottom. Registration will open December 6, and you must register at least 48 hours in advance.

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, 2018 if you wish to take a proficiency exam for Western Civilization (HIST 141 or HIST 142) or U.S. History (HIST 171 or HIST 172).

Saturday, January 20, 2018 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.

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Registration is open for proficiency tests given 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.  Check back later for Spring 2018 test dates.

Thursday January 18 at 5:30 p.m. Registration opens Monday December 4.  Go here for more information and for the registration link.

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.