Advanced Standing Exam

The Biology Advanced Standing Exam (ASE) is offered twice each year: once during Orientation in the fall and once on Registration Day of the spring semester. You must register by the deadline to take the Biology ASE. The deadlines are as follows:

 
Biology Advanced Standing Exam Date/Time Freshmen Deadline to Register Upperclassmen Deadline to Register
Friday, September 1, 2017 from 8am-11am Friday, August 18, 2017 at 5pm Friday, August 18, 2017 at 5pm
*by petition only
Monday, February 5, 2018 from 9am-12pm Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 5 pm Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at 5pm
*by petition only
Friday, August 31, 2018 from 8am-11am Friday, August 17, 2018 at 5pm TBD
*by petition only

 

 

Study Materials

A list of common topic areas covered in these courses is available here (pdf).

We recommend the following resources for studying MIT-specific course materials. Other experiences may apply, but the MIT 7.01 courses differ by topic and depth from the AP Biology curriculum and courses at many other universities. Most students need to study the MIT practice materials or have additional biology experience to be able to pass the Biology ASE.

 

 

Receiving Credit

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 exam, but should register for the subject in a subsequent term.


Information for first-year students:

For entering freshmen 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 freshmen 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 Registrar's Office, 5-117, 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.

To take the Fall exam, you may also need to submit a petition to be on campus early enough to take it.

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.