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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 biology, chemistry, language, or math departments.

Most Weinberg placement exams are offered online and can be taken any time between May 15 and July 31.  Many students need to take more than one placement exam. Our best advice is to start early and take no more than one exam per week.

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 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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