Advanced Standing Exams (ASEs)


Advanced Standing Examinations are one way in which you can obtain credit for MIT subjects outside of the classroom itself.

A passing grade on an MIT Advanced Standing Exam entitles you to full credit for the subject, as well as placement in the next subject in a sequence. A student may only take an Advanced Standing Exam in a class for which s/he had never registered nor attended at MIT.

Orientation Advanced Standing Exams

Advanced Standing Exams will be offered this August and September for: Calculus I (18.01), Calculus II (18.02), Physics I (8.01), Physics II (8.02), Biology (7.012), Chemistry (5.111)., Chemistry (5.12), and 6.0001. See Placement Exams & Testing for Orientation ASE schedule details and be sure to register the science core ASEs by August 16.

Advanced Standing Exams and First-Year Grading

  • Orientation (August/Sept.): Graded P/NR. If exam is passed, P will show up on external transcript. Does not count toward fall credit limit. No record is kept of a non-passing D or F grade taken during Orientation. Non-passing D or F grades taken any time later in the first year will be posted on the internal WebSIS record but not on the external transcript.
  • December (Final Exam Period): Graded P/NR. If exam is passed, P will show up on external transcript. Credit counts toward fall credit limit.
  • January/February: Graded ABC/NR. If exam is passed, A, B, or C will show up on external transcript. Does not count toward spring credit limit.
  • May (Final Exam Period): Graded ABC/NR. If exam is passed, A, B, or C will show up on external transcript. Credit counts toward spring credit limit.

Procedures for January/February Advanced Standing Exams (ASEs)

Note:Advanced Standing Exams will be offered in Physics, Mathematics, and Biology during the January/February testing period, but not in Chemistry.

You must petition to take an Advanced Standing Examination at least three weeks before the first day of the examination period. ASE petition deadlines are listed in the Academic Calendar. Complete procedural information is available on the Registrar's web site.