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Subjects with Departmental Proficiency Exams    (last updated November 14, 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.

 

Thursday, January 24 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. in Room 2084 Natural History Building. The deadline to register is Tuesday, January 22. For the link to the online registration form and general information about the test, click "Integrative Biology" (above).

The next opportunity to take the MCB 150 Proficiency Exam will be in January 2019 at the start of Spring semester. The specific date, time, and location have not yet been determined. Please check back. For general information about the test, click "Molecular and Cellular Biology" (above).

Thursday, January 10, 2019 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. in Room 100 Noyes Lab. For the link to the online registration form and general information about the test, click "Chemistry" (above).

The next opportunity to take a written CS Proficiency Exam will be in January 2019 at the start of Spring semester. The specific date, time, and location have not yet been determined. Please check back. For general information about the test, click "Computer Science" (above).

Tentatively Monday, December 17 and Tuesday, December 18 (during Final Exams Week)

Tentatively Tuesday, January 15 and Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Registration will open about two weeks prior to the test date. Please check back. For general information about the test, click "Economics" (above).

CHINESE PROFICIENCY TESTING: Please contact Melissa Minarik at least 5 business days prior to your desired test date to schedule your appointment at the Testing Center.

FRENCH PROFICIENCY TESTING:  Tuesday January 15 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in Foellinger Auditorium. Registration is required.

SPANISH PROFICIENCY TESTING:  Tuesday January 15 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in Foellinger Auditorium. Registration is required.

HINDI, URDU, and other SOUTHEAST ASIAN LANGUAGES: Tuesday, January 22, 2019 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., location to be announced. Registration is required. For more information, visit this site.

Learn about testing in less commonly studied languages

The next opportunity to take a History Proficiency Exam will be in January 2019 at the start of Spring semester. Please check back. For general information about the test, click "History" (above).

Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 9:00 a.m., location to be announced. Registration will open on Friday, January 4 and close at noon on Wednesday, January 16. For more information about the tests, click "Math" (above).

The next opportunity to take a Music Proficiency Exam will be in January 2019 at the start of Spring semester. Please check back. For general information about the tests, click "Music" (above).

PHYS 101 - Friday, December 14 from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.

PHYS 102 - Friday, December 14 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

PHYS 211 - Monday, December 17 from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.

PHYS 212 - Thursday, December 20 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

PHYS 213- Monday, December 17 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

PHYS 214 - Monday, December 17 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

PHYS 225 - Thursday, December 20 from 1:30 to 4:30p.m.

Registration is required. The deadline to register is 10:00 p.m. on Thursday (Reading Day), December 13. For more information about the tests and the registration links, click "Physics" (above).

Thursday, January 17, 2019 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., location to be confirmed. Registration is required and will open on December 3. For more information about the test, click "Psychology 100" (above).

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 "Rhetoric" link (above) for more information.

 

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.

 

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