ice of the Registrar

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How to Use Placement

Your Academic Progress Report (APR) will be e-mailed to you by Monday morning, September 2. The APR will include a report of all placement exams received and any equivalent courses you have received from exam results. You may place out of intro level courses based on AP, IB or A-Level exam results, prior college level course work, self-reported Calculus background, or on First Days Placement exam results. Questions about appropriate placement can be discussed with the academic departments during the Academic Expo on Monday afternoon, September 2, or during Open Houses on Tuesday afternoon, September 3.

  • Equivalent courses from placement test results may be used:
    • to fulfill a prerequisite course requirement
    • as credit toward the major with the approval of the major department, reducing the number of courses required for the major
  • Equivalent courses from placement test results may not be used:
    • to accelerate graduation
    • to reduce the number of courses taken and passed each semester or to make up for courses dropped or failed.
    • to satisfy Distribution requirements

AP or IB exam results - check our AP Guide and IB Guide for placement information. Where appropriate, students registered for courses for which they submitted placement exam results have been placed at the level recommended by the department. In general, you may opt to use your exam results to place into a higher level course or you may opt to take the intro level course, depending on your level of comfort in the subject. Please note that only Higher Level IB results can be used for placement.

A-Level exam results - we do not have a formal guide for A-Level exams, but in general an A or B on A-Levels will give the same placement as a 4 or 5 on the AP exams or a 6 or 7 on the IB exams.

College Course Work - Some courses from other colleges have an obvious equivalent at Williams, while others may overlap but not be quite the same. If you have been given an equivalent for a Williams course, you should not retake the same course without discussing this with the department. If you have not already submitted an official transcript of any college work, please have one sent promptly to Office of the Registrar, PO Box 696, Williamstown, MA 01267.

Math Calculus and Statistics Questionnaire - You completed the Math Placement form online over the summer to indicate your self-reported placement in Calculus and Statistics courses. Where appropriate, students registered for courses for which they submitted placement exam results have been placed at the level recommended by the department. For the Calculus sequence, AP or IB exam results take precedence over the self-reported placement. If you wish to change to a lower level Calculus course than recommended, you must discuss this with the Math department.

First Days Placement Exams - You will receive a recommended placement for each First Days placement exam taken. Departments will be available to discuss placement recommendations during the Department Open Houses or during other announced times.


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