Advanced Placement

Below are the guidelines that Dickinson College uses to assign placement and/or credit for Advanced Placement tests. If you have not already done so, contact the College Board at 1-877-274-6474 to have your official scores sent to Dickinson.

The Placement column indicates what course level(s) you are eligible to take according to the score you received on the placement test. "None" means you have to start at the 100 level.

The Credit column designates the course(s) for which you will receive college credit according to your placement test score. This credit may also count toward specific degree requirements, unless noted otherwise.

For any "See Department" comments, you should contact the individual department to determine your placement or credit.

Art 2D Studio
SCORE PLACEMENT CREDIT
 1  None  None
 2  None  None
 3  None  None
 4  None  GNCR 000*
 5  See Department  GNCR 000*

* This course counts towards the Arts (Division I C) requirement.

Art 3D Studio

SCORE PLACEMENT CREDIT
 1  None  None
 2  None  None
 3  None  None
 4  None  GNCR 000*
 5  See Department  GNCR 000*

* This course counts towards the Arts (Division I C) requirement.

Art Drawing

SCORE PLACEMENT CREDIT
 1  None  None
 2  None  None
 3  None  None
 4  None  GNCR 000*
 5  See Department  GNCR 000*

* This course counts towards the Arts (Division I C) requirement.

Art History

SCORE PLACEMENT CREDIT
 1  None  None
 2  None  None
 3  None  None
 4  None  GNCR 000*
 5  See Department  GNCR 000*

* This course counts towards the Arts (Division I C) requirement.

Biology 

SCORE PLACEMENT CREDIT
 1  None  None
 2  None  None
 3  None  None
 4  See Department  1 BIOL 100-level course w/lab*
 5  See Department  1 BIOL 100-level course w/lab*

* Although students receive credit for 1 BIOL 100-level w/lab, this credit does NOT fulfill the QR requirement.

Calculus AB 

SCORE PLACEMENT CREDIT
 1  MATH 151 or 170*  None
 2  MATH 151 or 170*  None
 3  MATH 171 (or 170)  None**
 4  MATH 171 or 211  MATH 170***
 5  MATH 171 or 211  MATH 170***

* Students must take the Dickinson Math Placement exam to determine whether they should take MATH 151 or 170.
** Credit for MATH 170 given upon successful completion of 171.
*** MATH 170 fulfills the QR requirement.
NOTE: This change in credit awarded for Math AP scores will take affect beginning with students entering in Fall 2010.

Calculus BC 

SCORE PLACEMENT CREDIT

 1, 2 or 3
AB subgrade = 1 or 2

 MATH 151 or 170*  None
 1, 2 or 3
AB subgrade = 3
 MATH 171 (or 170)  None**
 1, 2 or 3
AB subgrade = 4 or 5
 MATH 171 or 211***  MATH 170****
 4  MATH 171 or 211***  MATH 170, 270****
 5  MATH 171 or 211***  MATH 170, 270****

* Students must take the Dickinson Math Placement exam to determine whether they should take MATH 151 or 170.
** Credit for MATH 170 given upon successful completion of 171.
*** MATH 211 is offered every fall.
**** MATH 170 or 270 fulfills the QR requirement.
NOTE: This change in credit awarded for Math AP scores will take affect beginning with students entering in Fall 2010.

Chemistry 

SCORE PLACEMENT CREDIT
 1  None  None
 2  None  None
 3  None  None
 4  See below*  GNCR 000**
 5  See below*  GNCR 000**

* Students planning to continue with Chemistry must take the Chemistry Placement Exam.Students who place into CHEM 141 will have the GNCR 000 changed to CHEM 000 upon successful completion of 141.
** This course counts toward the Lab Sciences (Division III) requirement.
NOTE: This change in credit awarded for Chemistry AP scores will take affect beginning with students entering in Fall 2011.

Chinese Language & Culture 

SCORE PLACEMENT CREDIT
 1  None  None
 2  None  None
 3  None  None
 4  CHIN 231  CHIN 202
 5  CHIN 231  CHIN 202

Computer Science A 

SCORE PLACEMENT CREDIT
 1  None  None
 2  None  None
 3  COMP 132  None*
 4  COMP 132  1 COMP 100-level course w/lab**
 5  COMP 132  COMP 131

* Credit for COMP 131 given upon successful completion of 132.
** COMP 100-level course changed to COMP 131 upon successful completion of 132.

 Computer Science Principles

SCORE PLACEMENT CREDIT
 1  None  None
 2  None  None
 3  None COMP 000*
 4  None  COMP 000*
 5  None  COMP 000*

* This credit does NOT fulfill the Lab Science (Division III) requirement.

Economics
SCORE PLACEMENT CREDIT
 1  None  None
 2  None  None
 3  None  None
 4  None  ECON 111
 5  None  ECON 111

Economics (Macro) 

SCORE PLACEMENT CREDIT
 1  None  None
 2  None  None
 3  None  None
 4  None  ECON 112
 5  None  ECON 112

English (Lang/Comp) 

SCORE PLACEMENT CREDIT
 1  None  None
 2  None  None
 3  None  None
 4  None  WRPG 211*
 5  None  WRPG 211*

* Although students receive credit for WRPG 211, this credit does NOT fulfill the Writing Intensive or Writing in the Discipline requirement.

English (Lit/Comp) 

SCORE PLACEMENT CREDIT
 1  None  None
 2  None  None
 3  None  None
 4  ENGL 220  ENGL 101*
 5  ENGL 220  ENGL 101*

* Although students receive credit for ENGL 101, this credit does NOT fulfill the Writing Intensive or Writing in the Discipline requirement.  The AP course can count toward the English major.

Environmental Science 

SCORE PLACEMENT CREDIT
 1  None  None
 2  None  None
 3  None  None
 4  None  GNCR 000*
 5  None  GNCR 000*

* This course counts toward the Lab Sciences (Division III) requirement.
NOTE: This change in credit awarded for Environmental Science AP scores will take affect beginning with students entering in Fall 2016.

French Language 

SCORE PLACEMENT CREDIT
 1  None*  None
 2  None*  None
 3  See Department*  See Department
 4  See below**  FREN 200-level
 5  See below**  FREN 200-level

French Literature 

SCORE PLACEMENT CREDIT
 1  None*  None
 2  None*  None
 3  See Department*  See Department
 4  See below**  FREN 200-level
 5  See below**  FREN 200-level

* Students who plan to continue the study of French MUST take the Dickinson College placement exam.
** Students who plan to continue the study of French MUST take the Dickinson College placement exam. Consult with Chairperson for advice on enrolling in appropriate course once scores are available.

German 

SCORE PLACEMENT CREDIT
 1  None  None
 2  None  None
 3  GRMN 201  None
 4  GRMN 202 or 210  GRMN 201
 5  GRMN 202 or 210  GRMN 201

History - US 

SCORE PLACEMENT CREDIT
 1  None  None
 2  None  None
 3  None  None
 4  None  HIST 117*
 5  None  HIST 117 *

* Although students receive credit for HIST 117, this credit will not fulfill any requirement for the history major.
 

History - European 

SCORE PLACEMENT CREDIT
 1  None  None
 2  None  None
 3  None  None
 4  None  HIST 106*
 5  None  HIST 106*

* This course will not fulfill any requirement for the history major.

History - World 

SCORE PLACEMENT CREDIT
 1  None  None
 2  None  None
 3  None  None
 4  None  HIST 000*
 5  None  HIST 000*

* This course fulfills the Comparative Civilizations requirement, however it will not fulfill any requirement for the history major.

Human Geography 

SCORE PLACEMENT CREDIT
 1  None  None
 2  None  None
 3  None  None
 4  None  GNCR 000
 5  None  GNCR 000

Italian Language & Culture 

SCORE PLACEMENT CREDIT
 1  None  None
 2  None  None
 3  None  None
 4  None  GNCR 000
 5  None  GNCR 000

 

Japanese Language & Culture 

SCORE PLACEMENT CREDIT
 1  None*  None
 2  None*  None
 3  See Department*  See Department
 4  JPNS 231  JPNS 202
 5  JPNS 231  JPNS 202

* Students who plan to continue the study of Japanese MUST take the Dickinson College placement exam.

Latin: Literature 

SCORE PLACEMENT CREDIT
 1  None  None
 2  None  None
 3  See Department  None
 4  See Department  LATN 000
 5  See Department  LATN 000

Latin: Virgil 

SCORE PLACEMENT CREDIT
 1  None  None
 2  None  None
 3  See Department  None
 4  See Department  LATN 000
 5  See Department  LATN 000

Music Theory 

SCORE PLACEMENT CREDIT
 1  None  None
 2  None  None
 3  None  None
 4  See Department  GNCR 000
 5  See Department  GNCR 000

Physics I

SCORE PLACEMENT CREDIT
1  None  None
 2  None  None
 3  None  None
 4  None  PHYS 141
 5  None  PHYS 141

Physics II

SCORE PLACEMENT CREDIT
 1  None  None
 2  None  None
 3  None  None
 4  None  PHYS 142
 5  None  PHYS 142

Physics C (Mechanics) 

SCORE PLACEMENT CREDIT
 1  None  None
 2  None  None
 3  None  None
 4  None  PHYS 131
 5  None  PHYS 131

Physics C (E & M) 

SCORE PLACEMENT CREDIT
 1  None  None
 2  None  None
 3  None  None
 4  None  PHYS 132
 5  None  PHYS 132

Physics C (both) 

SCORE PLACEMENT CREDIT
 1  None  None
 2  None  None
 3  None  None
 4  None  PHYS 131 & 132
 5  None  PHYS 131 & 132

This table only applies if students earn 4 or 5 in both Mechanics and E & M.
 

Political Science (Pol & Govt US) 

SCORE PLACEMENT CREDIT
 1  None  None
 2  None  None
 3  None  None
 4  None  POSC 120
 5  None  POSC 120

Political Science (Pol & Govt Comp) 

SCORE PLACEMENT CREDIT
 1  None  None
 2  None  None
 3  None  None
 4  None  POSC 150
 5  None  POSC 150

Psychology 

SCORE PLACEMENT CREDIT
 1  None  None
 2  None  None
 3  None  None
 4  See Department  PSYC 185
 5  See Department  PSYC 185

Spanish Language 

SCORE PLACEMENT CREDIT
 1  None*  None
 2  None*  None
 3  None*  None
 4  See below**  SPAN 201
 5  See below**  SPAN 201

Spanish Literature 

SCORE PLACEMENT CREDIT
 1  None*  None
 2  None*  None
 3  None*  None
 4  See below**  SPAN 201
 5  See below**  SPAN 201

* Students who plan to continue the study of Spanish MUST take the Dickinson College placement exam.
** Students who earned 4 or 5 on AP, and who plan to continue the study of Spanish MUST take the Dickinson College placement exam to determine appropriate course placement.

Statistics 

SCORE PLACEMENT CREDIT
 1  None  None
 2  None  None
 3  MATH 121  None
 4  None  MATH 121
 5  None  MATH 121