AP Placement Guide

Williams College Class of 2021

Make sure to reference individual department notes cited below.

Test Score Major Course Credit Eligible to Enroll
Art History All No advanced placement
Art Studio All No advanced placement
Biology 5 Department assigns
Chemistry All Department assigns Department assigns
Chinese All Department assigns Department assigns
Classics Latin 5 Department assigns CLLA 201 or 302
Computer Science – A 4, 5 CSCI 136
Computer Science – Principles All Department assigns
Economics – either or both 5 ECON 110 or 120 ECON 200-level
English Lit 5 ENGL 200- or 300-level
English Lang All No advanced placement
French Lit 4,5 Department assigns
French Lang 3, 4, 5 Department assigns
German – either 3, 4, 5 Department assigns Department assigns
History All No advanced placement
Japanese All Department assigns Department assigns
Math – Calculus AB 4, 5 MATH 150, 200
2, 3 MATH 140
Math – Calculus BC 3, 4, 5 MATH 151, 200
1, 2 MATH 140
Music All Department assigns
Physics 1 4, 5 Department assigns Department assigns
Physics 2 4, 5 Department assigns Department assigns
Physics C:Mech – PHM 4, 5 Department assigns Department assigns
Physics C:E&M – PHE 4, 5 Department assigns Department assigns
Political Science – US All No advanced placement
Political Science – Comparative All No advanced placement
Psychology 5 PSYC 200-level
Spanish – either 3, 4, 5 Department assigns
Statistics 4, 5 STAT 202

Major Course Credit

This means credit for a specific course in a major is awarded. For example, if a score of 4 or 5 is earned on the Calculus AB test, the student is eligible to reduce the requirements in the Math major by one course. If major course credit is blank, there is no reduction in the number of courses required for that major.

Department Assigns

Those departments that assign placement do so on the basis of department placement exams, to be administered during First Days, and/or consultation with the student.

Biology

Placement depends on department exam results. Students must obtain an AP score of 5 to be eligible to take the department exam.

Chemistry

Students are required to take the on-line chemistry placement survey during the month of June and to have a follow-up meeting with the department for placement during First Days. Students are encouraged to contact one of the CHEM 151/153/155 instructors with questions.

Chinese

Placement depends on department exam results.

Computer Science

Students should consult with the department to confirm appropriate placement.

Economics

Students who receive a 5 on the Microeconomics AP or Macroeconomics AP exam, or a 5 on each, may place out of ECON 110 or 120, or both, respectively. Even though ECON 110 is a prerequisite for ECON 120, students who place out of ECON 120 but not ECON 110 must still take ECON 110 if they wish to major in Economics.

French

Placement depends on department exam results.

German

Placement and major course credit depend on department exam results. Students with scores of 5 may be eligible to enroll in GERM 108 or higher. Students with a score of 4 may be eligible to enroll in GERM 104 or 201. Students with a score of 3 may be eligible to enroll in GERM 103.

History

All first-year students are welcome to take any of the first-year seminars or tutorials (100-level courses) or any of the broad surveys (200-level courses), and can also take advanced electives (300-level courses) with the instructor’s permission. First-year students who are considering a major in History are especially encouraged to take a first-year seminar or tutorial.

Japanese

Placement depends on department exam results.

Mathematics

Calculus placement depends on a department questionnaire and AP test results. Students can also see department for additional advising, especially in cases of eligibility for courses beyond calculus. A student who receives a 3, 4, or 5 on the BC examination is ordinarily placed in MATH 151. A student who receives a 4 or 5 on the AB examination is ordinarily placed in Math 150. A student who receives a 1 or 2 on the BC examination or a 2 or 3 on the AB examination is ordinarily placed in Math 140. Students who have had calculus in high school, whether or not they took the Advanced Placement Examination, are barred from Math 130 unless they obtain permission of department. A student who receives a 1 on the AB examination should consult the department.

Music

Placement depends on department exam results.

Physics

Placement in major track courses depends on Math and Physics AP scores, department placement exam results, and individual conferences. Students may be eligible to bypass PHYS 141 and enroll in PHYS 142 or PHYS 151 or in rare cases PHYS 201. Students interested in the PHYS 131-132 algebra based track may bypass PHYS 131 with a 4 or 5 on PHYS 1 or C:Mech and start in 132. Students applying to medical school may—after consultation with the pre-health professions office—obtain a statement of credit for PHYS 131 (4 or 5 on PHYS 1 or C:Mech) and PHYS 132 (4 or 5 on PHYS 2 or C:E&M). Students who took the Physics B exam should consult the department.

Spanish

Placement depends on department exam results.