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 have to take a World Languages Placement test?
Yes, all incoming SAS students must take a placement test in the world languages 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 cannot 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 to check placement for accuracy; students with concerns about their math placement should speak with a math advisor.

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

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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 April 29 and May 5th, 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 advisors throughout the day while making your course requests. All students' requests will be reviewed by an academic advisor before the conclusion of the day.

Who is my Advisor?

First-year students are not assigned one advisor in the School of Arts and Sciences. The First-Year Advising Team will help you learn about the importance of building an advising network during your time at Rutgers. Your first academic advising experience will be at the Academic Planning and Advising (APA) Program. Once you begin classes, we invite you to come in for advising at any time of the year at any of our convenient SAS Advising Centers. The First-Year Advising team's physical home is the SAS Advising Office on Livingston Campus, but we maintain a strong advising presence on the four campuses, online, in residence halls, commuter programs, and in connections to Learning Communities and First-Year Interest Group Seminars (FIGS).

What if I change my mind about what courses to take after APA day?

The First-Year Deans can accept course request changes via email until July 9, 2018. When requesting a change, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. that includes your full name, RUID, and clear information about the requested changes.

After that date, our attention is focused on finalizing schedules for release on August 20 and we can no longer accept change requests. But don't worry, you'll have the opportunity to adjust your schedule during the add/drop period at the start of the semester. More information about that will be available later in the summer.

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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 A-level examinations toward the Rutgers undergraduate degree?

All policies governing our acceptance of A-level examinations are outlined here.

What are electives?

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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 during your summer scheduling and emailed to you. For the full policy, please see the "Pre-College Credits" 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 possibly during the summer. Otherwise, work with an SAS Advisor 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 advisors 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 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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