With a passing grade on the Advanced Standing Exam (ASE), you will receive credit for 7.012 Introductory Biology and will fulfill the Biology GIR. The ASE is offered twice each year: once during Orientation in the fall and once before the beginning of spring semester.
The ASE is intended for first-year students. However, you may petition to take the ASE after your first year if you have never registered for or attended a 7.01x class, and if you have never attended the exam before.
If you take the ASE Fall 2023 and receive a grade of C or better, 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.
If you take the ASE January/February and receive a grade of C or better, 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. First year students must submit a signed petition to the Registrar’s office requesting permission to take the January/February ASE at least three weeks before the exam date (email email@example.com to request a department signature for the petition). Learn More.
Returning students must submit a signed petition to the Registrar’s office requesting permission to take the ASE at least three weeks before the exam date (email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a department signature for the petition). The 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.
Note: This policy is also true for any students who entered MIT during the Fall of 2018 or Fall of 2019 under the CUP-approved education experiments related to grading. If you take an ASE past the fall of your first year, you will receive a letter grade.
Transfer students who did not take Introductory Biology at their previous university and who wish to take the ASE may do so. If you choose to take the ASE during orientation you do not need to petition. A petition will be required to take the ASE after your first semester at MIT. 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.
Transfer students who have taken Biology courses at their previous university can seek transfer credit. You may be required to pass the GIR Validation Exam in order to receive Bio GIR credit. Learn More.
Registering for the ASE
Incoming first-year students are required to register using the ASE registration form for the fall exam (found in the orientation package), or to submit a petition and register using this online form for the spring exam. Upperclassmen are required to submit a petition and to register using this online form.
|August 1, 2023
|First Years: Register by July 14, 5 p.m.
Upperclassmen*: Register by July 14, 5 p.m.
|February 1, 2024
|First Years: Register by January 12, 5 p.m.
Upperclassmen*: Register by January 12, 5 p.m.
|First Years: Register by TBA
Upperclassmen*: Register by TBA
The ASE is a mix of multiple choice, check box, text response, and longer response answers. You will have three hours to take the exam. The content of the exam is largely focused on core material covered in all 7.01X classes, including:
Past exams minimally included the following special topics:
- Molecular evolution
Recommended study materials, problem sets, and past exams are available online:
- Introduction to Biology edX course
- 7.016 (Introductory Biology) from MIT OpenCourseWare
- Video lectures from MIT OpenCourseWare 7.01SC
You can find additional information about the ASEs at MIT on the Registrar’s website and on the First-Year website, or learn about study materials available online through the Open Learning site. If you have questions or concerns, contact email@example.com.