IB Placement Guide

Williams College Class of 2021

Make sure to reference individual department notes cited below.

Test HL Score Major Course Credit Eligible to Enroll
Anthropology 7 ANTH 101 Upper level ANTH
Biology 1-5 No advanced placement
6, 7 Department assigns
Chemistry All Department assigns Department assigns
Computer Science 1-5 CSCI 134
6, 7 CSCI 136
Economics 1-5 No advanced placement
6, 7 ECON 110 or 120 ECON 200-level
English 1-5 No advanced placement
6, 7 ENGL 200- or 300-level
French All Department assigns
Geography All No advanced placement
History All No advanced placement
Mathematics 1-3 MATH 130
4, 5 MATH 140
6, 7 MATH 150, 151, or 200
Philosophy All No advanced placement
Physics 1-5 No advanced placement
6, 7 Department assigns Department assigns
Psychology 1-5 No advanced placement
6, 7 PSYC 200-level
Spanish All Department assigns
Theatre All Department assigns
Visual Arts All No advanced placement

Major Course Credit

This means credit for a specific course in a major is awarded. For example, if a score of 6 or 7 is earned on the Economics test, the student is eligible to reduce the requirements in the Economics 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.

Anthropology

Students may replace ANTH 101 with an upper level elective.

Biology

Placement depends on department exam results. Students must obtain a 6 or 7 HL score 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.

Computer Science

Students should consult with the department to confirm appropriate placement.

Economics

Students receiving a 6 or 7 HL score may place out of ECON 110 and 120.

French

Placement depends on department exam results.

Physics

Placement depends on HL score, department placement exam results, and individual conferences.

Spanish

Placement depends on department exam results.

Theatre

Students should confer with the department about proper placement.