Office of Academic Services

The Beginning of your First Year

First Year FAQs

Placement Testing

Academic Planning and Advising (APA) Day

Advanced Placement

A-level Examinations

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Prior College Courses

Math courses

Summer Courses

If I took Advanced Placement Tests in English and Math, do I have to take those placement tests?
If you already have a 4 or 5 on the English Literature or Language exams, or the Calculus AB or BC exams, you don’t need to take placement exams in that subject. We will use your AP credit as your placement. However, if your score is not yet available, we ask that you take the placement exams now. We will award credit for scores of 4 or 5 for this year's exams, but scores are not available until July and could delay your scheduling.

If I paid for dual enrollment college credits in English, Math, and foreign language, do I have to take those placement tests?
Yes, you must take the placement exams in each subject, independent of prior college coursework. Please see the FAQ on Prior College Courses.

Do I really need to take a Foreign Language Placement test?
Yes, all incoming SAS students must take a placement test in the foreign language that they studied in high school, OR a language that they speak as a native or heritage speaker, even if you don’t plan to continue study of that language. If you have proficiency in more than one language, we encourage you to take the placement test in the language you are more likely to continue to study. Please do not take a placement exam in a language in which you have NO background or knowledge.

If I’m unhappy with the results of my placement tests, can I retake them?
Placement tests can not be retaken, so plan to take them seriously and do your best work. The Writing Program requires a first-day writing sample in all writing courses in the fall to check placement for accuracy; students with concerns about their math placement should speak with a math adviser.

Where do I find my placement test results?
Placement test results will be posted on the Enrollment Pathway.

Will there be makeup APA days?
Yes, but they will not include full faculty participation and there will not be a parents’ program. Students are strongly encouraged to attend the APA days on May 1st and 7th, which will be the only weekend programs offered (

Will I be making my schedule on APA Day?
You will choose courses and alternates, but not class times or locations on APA Day. The First Year Deans will then generate a schedule that reflects your course preferences, placement results, and any prior college credits. You will receive your schedule on August 20th.

Does APA Day include a one-on-one advising session?
Given the nature of information that ALL incoming students need to hear, we run APA Day as a group advising session. However, you will have the opportunity to ask questions and confer with faculty and academic advisers throughout the day while making your course requests. All students' requests will be reviewed by an academic adviser before the conclusion of the day.

What scores do you accept for AP?
All policies governing our acceptance of Advanced Placement scores are outlined here.

Is there a limit to the number of AP credits you will grant?

Do you accept IB credits toward the Rutgers undergraduate degree?
All policies governing our acceptance of International Baccalaureate exams are outlined here.

I paid for credits from a college or university through courses that I took in high school; will you accept these credits?
We evaluate prior coursework only after students enroll and matriculate in the School of Arts and Sciences, and only based on an official transcript from the credit-granting college or university. The First Year Deans will review all transcripts and adjust your fall course requests, if necessary. A formal evaluation of the credits will be prepared in late September/early October. For the full policy, please see the "High School Coursework" section on our website.

Do I need to take the math course that I placed into, even if my major interests don’t require it?
Absolutely not! If your math placement results indicate a need for remedial math courses (Computational Skills or Algebra), you should begin that sequence immediately, even possibily during the summer. Otherwise, work with an SAS Adviser on APA Day or through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to identify an appropriate course to satisfy your Quantitative and Formal Reasoning requirements for the Core.

How do I know which math course would be appropriate for me?
As part of APA Day, you will have the opportunity to speak with faculty and academic advisers about your plans. If you’ve already attended an APA program and still have questions, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Is it true that students need to take summer courses in order to graduate in four years?
Not necessarily. The only students that we recommend take summer courses are those who place low on the Math placement test. Later in your academic career, summer courses may be a good opportunity to take credits to lower your courseload during the regular semester or "catch up" in your major area once it is declared, but many students make adequate progress to graduation during the fall and spring terms and do not need to complete summer courses.

If I want to take courses at my community college this summer, what should I do?
First, do NOT assume that a course will transfer; you MUST email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request permission. Not all transfer courses are accepted for credit for incoming SAS students.


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