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 summer - schedule TBD. See Placement Exams & Testing for details on the Summer ASEs that will be offered, along with schedules and registration details, which will become available later this May.

Advanced Standing Exams and First-Year Grading

  • Summer (Orientation): 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 Non-First Year Students Taking Advanced Standing Exams (ASEs)

Non-first year students must petition to take an Advanced Standing Examination and should check with their advisors. ASE petition deadlines and complete procedural information is available on the Registrar's web site.