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 and on the registrar’s
website at http://www.stolaf.edu/offices/registrar/apexam.htm.
Upon receipt of official documentation, and with certain departmental restrictions, St. Olaf awards
credit only for scores of 5 through 7 on the Higher Exams of the High School International Baccalaureate
Program. Departmental/program policies and guidelines for awarding international baccalaureate
credit are availabe at the Registrarís Office; questions should be directed to the registrar.
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 college
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 language courses.
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.