Previous Credit or Exemptions Granted

Including college credit completed while in high school, exemptions, Advanced Placement (AP)

The Cornell College Catalogue contains information about transfer and examination credits (see the sections Credit by Transfer and Exemption, Advanced Placement, and Credit by Examination listed under Academic Information). During Orientation, you will receive notification of the credit you have earned. It is important, therefore, that you arrange for test results, college transcripts, and similar documents to be sent to Cornell during the summer so that they can be evaluated prior to your arrival on campus.

You may qualify for advanced placement if:

  • you earned scores of 3 or higher on Advanced Placement (AP) examinations (though no exemption for a score of 3 in Biology, Chemistry, English Language, English Literature, Environmental Science, Physics C, or Statistics). Below is a chart to help you determine your placement, credits, and the courses from which you have been exempted. A score of 3 usually merits exemption, and scores of 4 or 5 usually entitle you to one or two course credits as indicated in the "Credit" column. Be sure to have an official AP Score Report sent to Cornell.
  • you earned college or university credit with grades of C or better in liberal arts courses while in high school, or will earn such credits this summer. Be sure to have an official transcript from the college or university granting the credit sent to Cornell.
  • you have completed Oxford and Cambridge A-Level Examinations or their equivalents. Be sure to have official results sent to Cornell.
  • you earned scores of 5 or higher on International Bacheloriette (IB) examinations. A chart to help you determine your placement, credits, and core equivalencies from which you have been exempted.

If you qualify for advanced placement, you are exempt from the introductory-level Cornell course(s) in that subject and may take a higher-level course in that subject if your advisor approves. Note, however, that you will lose your credit by examination or transfer credit if you take the same or a similar course at Cornell. If you are in doubt, confer with the appropriate department chair as to whether you have already completed a similar course.

CORNELL PLACEMENT AND EXEMPTION EXAMINATIONS

During Orientation, placement examinations are scheduled for foreign languages, and examinations for credit in calculus and chemistry. The Orientation program will state the exact time and location. In addition, when you and your advisor meet during Orientation, he or she will have two copies of your math placement recommendation (ask for one of these copies for your files). This recommendation, from the Cornell Mathematics Department, will assist you in selecting the math course most appropriate for you.

Foreign Language Placement Examinations

Who must take these placement tests?

All entering students, including transfer students, who have studied French, German, Latin, Russian, or Spanish must take the Foreign Language Placement Test.

Do I have to take the recommended course?

No. Your placement is only a suggestion. If you wish to continue but feel uncomfortable about starting at the level recommended, you may begin with a lower-level course.

If I choose to take the recommended course, do I have to take it immediately or in my first year?

You may take it at any time during your Cornell career; however, the longer you wait, the more likely it will be that you may forget what you had learned and the more difficult it may be for you to catch up.

What if I don't do well on the exam, or receive a low placement?

Your grade and placement will not be recorded on your transcript, nor will your grade point average be affected. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain by trying.

Do I receive credit if I pass the foreign language placement test?

No. This test does not award any credit. If you place into 301 or another 300-level course, you are automatically exempt from the Foreign Language Requirement. If you place in 103, you need take only one year of a foreign language instead of the usual two required of those who begin their language with 101.

What if I have studied two or more foreign languages?

Take the exam in the language that you plan to continue at Cornell.

What if I don't plan to continue a foreign language previously studied?

Take the exam anyway. If you later decide to continue, your placement or exemption will be on file for use then.

 



Chemistry Placement Test

Who should take the chemistry placement test?

If you plan to study chemistry, biology, or a related field at Cornell, you should take the chemistry placement test. The chemistry department uses this test to place students into CHE 121-122 (Chemical Principles I and II) or CHE 161 (Accelerated General Chemistry), or into CHE 111 (Chemistry in the Natural World) as a refresher.

If you scored a 5 on the chemistry AP test, you do not need to take the chemistry placement test; you will receive credit for CHE 161. If you scored a 4, plan to enroll in CHE 161 without taking the placement test. If you scored a 3 or lower (or did not take the chemistry AP test), take the placement test.

If you are interested in taking a single chemistry course as part of your general education, take CHE 111 (Chemistry in the Natural World). You do not need to take the placement test.

Questions? Contact Prof. Jeff Cardon, x4316 or email jcardon.

 



 

Music Placement Test

Who should take the music placement test?

If you have a WFK or Trustee Music scholarship, or if you plan to major or minor in music, you should take the music placement test. The music faculty use this test to place students into the Music Theory sequence (5 courses for majors and 3 courses for minors), or into Fundamentals of Music (MUS 101) as a refresher before beginning the theory sequence.

The music placement exam is being offered at the same time as the calculus credit exam and the chemistry placement test. If the math department has recommended that you take the calculus credit exam, please take it first, and then come to the music exam afterwards to schedule a makeup exam. If you are interested in taking the chemistry exam, however, please take the music exam first. Contact Prof. Jeff Cardon (x4413) to schedule another time to take the chemistry exam.

If you have questions, please contact Prof. Jama Stilwell (x4229 or email jstilwell) or Prof. Don Chamberlain (x4356 or email dchamberlain).

 



 AP Exam Score Equivalencies

AP EXAMINATION
AP SCORE
COURSE EXEMPTION
CREDIT

Art - History

with a score of 5

elective

1

Biology

See below.

BIO 141, 142

2
(no exemption for score of 3)

Chemistry

with a score of 5

CHE 161

1

Computer A or AB

See below.

CSC 140

1

Economics - Macro

See below.

ECB 101

1

Economics - Micro

See below.

ECB 102

1

English Language

See below.

elective

1
(no exemption for score of 3)

English Literature

See below.

elective

1
(no exemption for score of 3)

Environmental Science

See below.

elective

1
(no exemption for score of 3)

French

with a score of 3

FRE 101, 102, 103

0

with a score of 4

FRE above + 205

0

with a score of 5

FRE above + one FRE 300-level

1

German

with score of 3

GER 101, 102, 103

0

with score of 4

GER above + 205

0

with score of 5

GER above + one GER 300-level

1

Government & Politics - American

See below.

POL 262

1

Government & Politics - Comparative

See below.

POL 243

1

History - American

See below.

(any intro course)

1

History - European

See below.

HIS 104

1

Latin - Catullus, Horace or Vergil

with score of 3

LAT 101, 102

0

with score of 4

LAT 101, 102, 205

0

with score of 5

LAT 101, 102, 205

1

Mathematics - Calculus AB

See below.

MAT 121

1

Mathematics - Calculus BC

See below.

MAT 121 and one elective

2

Music - Listening/Literature

(none)

0

Music - Theory

 

(none)

0

Physics B

See below.

PHY 141 and 142 †

2 †

Physics C - Mechanics

See below.

PHY 111 †

1 †
(no exemption for score of 3)

Physics C - Electricity & Magnetism

See below.

PHY 112 †

1 †
(no exemption for score of 3)

Psychology

See below.

PSY 161

1

Spanish

with a score of 3

SPA 101, 102, 103

0

with a score of 4

SPA above + 205

0

with a score of 5

SPA above + one SPA 300-level

1

Statistics

See below.

STA 201

1
(no exemption for score of 3)

Score of 3: exemption only (no credit granted); no exemption for Biology, Chemistry, English Language, English Literature, Environmental Science, Physics C, or Statistics.

Score of 4 or 5: 1 or 2 course credits as shown above.

†Credit will not be granted for both PHY 101 and 111 or PHY 102 and 112. When both exams are taken, credit will be given for the higher course (PHY 111 or PHY 112).