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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 foreign languages must be completed by June 11 to allow time for departments to schedule proficiency validations during the following week. Placement exams and assessments in biology, chemistry, and math must be completed by June 15. Students admitted after June 11 should contact the departments in which they need to take exams for information on how and when those exams will be administered.

Physics offers a Physics 135-2 Equivalency Assessment Exam to aid in placement for students. The assessment exam is not required unless you earned a 5 on the 2020 AP Physics C (Electricity & Magnetism) exam and there is a need for explicit transcript credit for 135-2 or placement into 135-3.  For more information on timing and format, please consult the department webpage ( or contact Dr. Deborah Brown, Director of Placement:

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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