Please note: This is NOT the most current catalog.
Entering St. Olaf
ADVANCED PLACEMENT AND CREDIT
Students entering St. Olaf with test scores of three
to five from the CEEB Advanced Placement Program may receive placement
and/or credit according to policies set by the college's departments
and programs. Scores of "5" uniformly receive placement and
credit. Scores of "4" generally receive placement and/or credit
and scores of "3" may receive placement and/or credit. Each
department or program may choose to review the essay-test booklets of
entering students, including transfer students. In all cases, Advanced
Placement credit is at the discretion of the departments and programs.
Advanced Placement credit awarded in the Biology, Chemistry, or Physics
areas does not fulfill St. Olaf's General Education requirement of a
laboratory science (NSL) but will satisfy a non-laboratory science requirement
(NST). Departmental/program policies and guidelines for awarding advanced
placement credit are available at the Registrar's Office.
St. Olaf will accept advanced placement credits
for entering students under the high school International Baccalaureate
program. Only the higher exams with scores of "5" to "7"
on higher level exams will be considered. Departments and programs set
policies for International Baccalaureate credits and placement, which
match those of the Advanced Placement program. Questions should be directed
to the registrar.
HIGH SCHOOL CREDITS APPLIED TO COLLEGE
Entering students may bring to St. Olaf up to five
equivalent St. Olaf course credits taken under a post-secondary option
program (PSEO) or other program in which college courses are taken during
students' high school years. The following restrictions are in place:
- No more than five equivalent St. Olaf course
credits will be awarded to an entering first-year student.
- The course work must be taken through an accredited
college under an established post-secondary program.
- Students must provide the Registrar's
Office with an official transcript from the college certifying
- Judgments on course credits will be made by the
FOREIGN LANGUAGE PLACEMENT TESTS
The foreign language departments place first-year
students and other new students in appropriate language courses on the
basis of placement tests or high school preparation.
The foreign language placement tests are relatively short, diagnostic
tests; they should not be considered exhaustive and do not provide a
satisfactory basis for the certification of proficiency or for receiving
course credit. Rather they function entirely for placement in St. Olaf
FOREIGN LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY TESTS
The foreign language proficiency tests are administered
by the various foreign language departments. The foreign language proficiency
tests measure proficiency at a level equivalent to the end of the corresponding
number 231 or 232 language course. A student who passes the appropriate
proficiency test satisfies the St. Olaf foreign language requirement
(FOL), but does not receive course credit.
Proficiency reports from persons not known to St. Olaf
must be based on documented exposure or training by the student in a
foreign language equivalent in length to three or four college semesters
or demonstration of a sufficient length of time in a non-English speaking
culture to give credence to a proficiency report. As a rule, proficiency
reports from persons outside of St. Olaf are not acted upon until the
student arranges for a final proficiency exam by persons and methods
agreed to by members of the foreign language faculty, the registrar
and, if deemed necessary, the dean of the college. Such exams may involve
an expense charged to the student.