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Placement Exams and Credit Transfer


Weinberg College places students in classes on the basis of their preparation and/or performance on exams such as the AP or IB or an exam administered by Weinberg’s chemistry, physics, or foreign language departments.  

Placement exams in chemistry, math and most foreign languages are administered online between June 1 and July 30. 

The physics placement exams taken by new students during Wildcat Welcome are optional, but passing them can earn you transcript credit for some first-year physics courses.  For more information and links to sample exams, go to

For more information on language placement consult the following departmental websites:

Asian Languages and Cultures (Chinese, Hindi, Japanese Korean, Urdu)
Classics (Ancient Greek and Latin)
French and Italian
Jewish Studies (Hebrew)
Middle Eastern and North African Studies (Arabic Turkish, Persian/Farsi)
Program in African Studies (Swahili)
Slavic Languages and Literature (Czech, Polish, Russian)
Spanish and Portuguese

AP and IB exams

If you took Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate exams, consult the AP/IB credits chart for information on whether you have earned credit for your scores. For a complete explanation of Weinberg's policies regarding the us of AP and IB credit, see our AP/IB Exams pages.

If you took college courses while in high school, you may be able to transfer those credits to Northwestern. Read more...

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