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WILLIAMS COLLEGE ADVANCED PLACEMENT GUIDE --
CLASS OF 2018

Test Score Major Course Credit Eligible to Enroll In
Art -- History All No advanced placement
Art -- Studio All No advanced placement
Biology 5 Dept. assigns*
Chemistry 3, 4, 5 Dept. assigns* Dept. assigns*
Chinese All Dept. assigns*  Dept. assigns*
Classics (Latin) -- either 5 Dept. assigns CLLA 201 or 302
Computer Science -- A 4, 5   CSCI 136*
Computer Science -- AB 4, 5   CSCI 136*
1, 2, 3 CSCI 134*
Economics -- EITHER or BOTH†  5  ECON 110 and/or 120 ECON 200 level
English -- Lit. 5   ENGL 200 or 300 level
English -- Lang. All No advanced placement
French -- Lit. 4, 5   Dept. assigns*
French -- Lang. 3, 4, 5   Dept. assigns*
German -- either 3, 4, 5  Dept. assigns* Dept. assigns*
History -- all All   No advanced placement
Japanese All  Dept. assigns*  Dept. assigns*
Mathematics -- Calculus AB  4, 5  MATH 140 MATH 150, 200*
   2, 3   MATH 140*
Mathematics -- Calculus BC 3, 4, 5  MATH 140 MATH 151, 200*
    1, 2   MATH 140*
Music All   Dept. assigns*
Physics B -- PHY 4, 5 Dept. assigns* Dept. assigns*
Physics C (Mech) -- PHM 4, 5 Dept. assigns* Dept. assigns*
Physics C (E & M) -- PHE 4, 5 Dept. assigns* Dept. assigns*
Political Sci. -- U.S. 4, 5 No advanced placement*
Political Sci. -- Comparative 4, 5 No advanced placement*
Psychology 5 PSYC 200 level
Spanish -- either 3, 4, 5 Dept. assigns*
Statistics 4,5 See Department

*DEFINITIONS & NOTES:      
Major Course Credit means credit for a specific course in a major is awarded.  For example, if a score of 4 or 5 is earned on the Calculus --AB test, the student is eligible to reduce the requirements in the Math major by one course.  If course credit is blank, there is no reduction in the number of courses required for that major.

Those departments that assign placement do so on the basis of department placement exams, to be administered during First Days, and/or consultation with the student.

Biology Placement depends on department exam results.  Students must obtain an AP score of 5 to be eligible to take the department exam.
Chemistry – Students are required to take the online chemistry placement exam over the summer and to have a follow-up meeting with the department during First Days. Students are encouraged to contact CHEM 151/153/155 instructors with questions.
Chinese – Placement depends on department exam results.
Computer Science – Students should consult with the department to confirm appropriate placement.
 † Economics Students who receive a 5 on the Microeconomics AP or Macroeconomics AP exam, or a 5 on each, may place out of ECON 110 or 120, or both, respectively.  Even though ECON 110 is a prerequisite for ECON 120, students who place out of ECON 120 but not ECON 110 must still take ECON 110 if they wish to major in economics.
French Placement depends on department exam results.  Students may be eligible to enroll in RLFR 200 or 300 level courses.
German – Placement and major course credit depend on department exam results.  Students with scores of 5 may be eligible to enroll in GERM 108 or higher.  Students with a score of 4 may be eligible to enroll in GERM 104 or 201.  Students with a score of 3 may be eligible to enroll in GERM 103.
Japanese – Placement depends on department exam results.
Mathematics – Calculus placement depends on a department questionnaire and AP test results.  Students can also see department for additional advising, especially in cases of eligibility for courses beyond calculus.  A student who receives a 3, 4 or 5 on the BC examination is ordinarily placed in MATH 151. A student who receives a 4 or 5 on the AB examination is ordinarily placed in Math 150. A student who receives a 1 or 2 on the BC examination or a 2 or 3 on the AB examination is ordinarily placed in Math 140. Students who have had calculus in high school, whether or not they took the Advanced Placement Examination, are barred from Math 130 unless they obtain permission from the instructor. A student who receives a 1 on the AB examination should consult the department.
Music – Placement depends on department exam results.
Physics – Placement depends on Math and Physics AP scores, department placement exam results and individual conferences.  Students with an AP score of 4 or 5 may not enroll in PHYS 131.  Students may be eligible to bypass PHYS 141 and enroll in PHYS 142, PHYS 151, ASTR 111 or in rare cases PHYS 201.
Political Science – POEC majors may place out of PSCI 201 with a score of 5 on the US Govt. exam and may place out of PSCI 204 with a score of 5 on the Comparative Govt. exam. PSCI majors may not place out of PSCI 201 or PSCI 204 based on AP test results.
Spanish – Placement depends on department exam results.                                                            

 


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