Test Credits and Placement Exams

Pre-Matriculation Credits 

Pre-matriculation credits are credits you may have earned from certain scores on advanced placement and SAT II examinations, scores on examinations of certain international diplomas, or college courses you may have taken prior to matriculating at Tufts. Pre-matriculation credits are treated as regular course credits and accepted toward fulfilling your degree requirements.

Liberal arts students can have a maximum of 5 pre-matriculation course equivalencies, regardless of Semester-hour units (SHUs), and engineering students can have a maximum of 27 Semester-hour units (SHUs).

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Placement Exams

Language Placement Exams

All language placement exams will be held during orientation. Please check the orientation calendar for locations and times.

You should plan to take a language-placement exam if you plan to continue studying a language you have previously studied. You do need not take a language placement exam if you feel that the placement indicated by a pre-matriculation credit is accurate or if you plan to take a first-level language course, such as Spanish 1. Only the highest placement of your pre-matriculation credits and your placement exam will be counted, so there is no detriment to taking a placement exam. You can choose to take a lower-level course than you place into. You may take more than one language placement exam, as long as the exam times do not conflict.

2017 Placement Exam Results
 

Mechanics Placement Exam

The mechanics placement exam will be held during orientation. Check the orientation schedule for time and location.

You are required to take the mechanics placement exam if you have a score of 4 on the Physics B (non-calculus-based) advanced placement exam and want to receive credit for Physics 1. You are also required to take the mechanics placement exam if you have a score of 4 on the mechanics section of the Physics C (calculus-based) AP exam and want to receive credit for Physics 11. You may not receive credit for the above AP scores if you do not take and pass this exam. If you choose to enroll in Physics 1 or 11 and pass, you will not receive the AP credit.

This is a closed-book exam. Bring a calculator.