First Year Academics: Advanced Standing Exams
Advanced Standing Examinations are one way in which you can obtain credit for MIT subjects outside of the classroom itself.
A passing grade on an MIT Advanced Standing Exam entitles you to full credit for the subject, as well as placement in the next subject in a sequence. A student may only take an Advanced Standing Exam in a class for which s/he had never registered nor attended at MIT.
Procedures for January/February Advanced Standing Exams (ASEs)
Note: Advanced Standing Exams will be offered in Physics, Mathematics, and Biology during the January/February testing period, but not in Chemistry.
You must petition to take an Advanced Standing Examination at least three weeks before the first day of the examination period. ASE petition deadlines are listed in the Academic Calendar. Complete procedural information is available on the Registrar's web site.
Advanced Standing Exam Periods and Freshman Grading are as follows:
- Orientation (August/Sept.): Graded P/NR. If exam is passed, P will show up on external transcript. Does not count toward fall 54-unit credit limit. No record is kept of a non-passing D or F grade taken during Orientation. Non-passing D or F grades taken any time later in the freshman year will be posted on the internal WebSIS record but not on the external transcript.
- December (Final Exam Period): Graded P/NR. If exam is passed, P will show up on external transcript. Credit counts toward fall 54-unit credit limit.
- January/February: Graded ABC/NR. If exam is passed, A, B, or C will show up on external transcript. Does not count toward spring 57-unit credit limit.
- May (Final Exam Period): Graded ABC/NR. If exam is passed, A, B, or C will show up on external transcript. Credit counts toward spring 57-unit credit limit.
Please note: If you elect Sophomore Standing in the spring term, any Advanced Standing Exams taken during the January/February testing period will be graded on an A-F basis, and all grades will appear on both the internal and external records. Scores for Advanced Standing exams taken in January/February will also be noted on your undergraduate audit in WebSIS.