Advanced Standing Exam

The Biology Advanced Standing Exam (ASE) is offered twice each year, during Orientation in the fall and on Registration Day of the spring semester. The exam takes place in 50-340, Walker Gymnasium.

Please REGISTER HERE if you plan to take the Biology Advanced Standing Exam. The deadlines to register for the Biology Advanced Standing Exam are as follows:

 
Biology Advanced Standing Exam Date - Time Deadline to Register
Monday, February 3, 2014 - 9am-12noon Friday, January 17, 2014
Friday, August 29, 2014 - 8am-11am Wednesday, August 20, 2014

 

The focus of the exam is on the common material between 7.012, 7.013 and 7.014, however material in the concept areas of Development, Ecology and Cancer Cell Biology may be included to a small extent.

Recommended study materials, problems sets, and exams are available on the archived Fall 2010 7.012 Stellar site (MIT Kerberos ID required). A list of common topic areas covered in these courses is available here (pdf). You may also find useful information on the 7.012, 7.013, and 7.014 MIT Open Courseware pages.

A passing grade on the advanced standing exam will give you credit for 7.012 Introductory Biology, and will fulfill the Biology General Institute Requirement (GIR) .

For all students: The ASE can be only taken by students who have never registered for or attended Biology GIR courses (7.012/3/4/5/6). A student who has failed an ASE may not retake the same exam, but should register for the subject in a subsequent term.


Information for first-year students:

For entering freshman who take the exam on Fall Registration Day: if you receive a grade of C or better on the ASE, you will receive the grade P for 7.012. This grade will be posted to your fall term record and will appear on your transcript. If you receive a grade of D or F on the exam, no record will be kept of your non-passing performance.

For freshman who take the exam on Spring Registration Day: If you receive a grade of C or better on the ASE, you will receive a letter grade (A, B, or C) that will be posted to your spring term record and appear on your transcript. A non-passing D or F grade will appear on your internal record, but not on your transcript.


Information for current students other than first-year:

If you are not a first year student, you must complete a petition requesting permission to take the exam. Once completed and signed, please submit your petition to the Schedules Office, 5-111, at least three weeks before the exam date. A grade of A through F will be recorded and will appear on your transcript, but will not be included in the calculation of your term or cumulative GPA.

Additional information on Advanced Standing Exam procedures and grading is available on the Registrar’s website, and on the First Year website.


Information for transfer students:

Transfer students who did not take Introductory Biology at their previous university and who wish to take the ASE may do so. Transfer students who take an ASE during orientation do not need to petition. A petition will be required to take the ASE after your first semester at MIT, however. A grade of A through F will be recorded and will appear on your transcript, but will not be included in the calculation of your term or cumulative GPA. A grade of D or better is needed to pass the exam.

Transfer students who have taken Biology courses at their previous university can seek transfer credit. Please see the policies on applying for transfer credit.

 

Please email bioadvance [at] mit.edu if you have questions.