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Reading the Placement Record

See below for further definition and explanation

Placement record

The First Column


Standardized Tests



American College Test



Advance Placement
College Board Advanced Placement
Scored out of a maximum of 5



International Baccalaureate
Scored out of a maximum of 7.
A score of 6 or 7 results in credit



SAT Verbal, SAT Writing or SAT Math
Scored out of 800



SAT Subject Test
These are what used to be known as achievement tests
Scored out of 800





High School Language Background
This indicates the number of years of study in high school.
This is often used in determining placement into a language
without a local placement test or standardized test score.



This indicates that a student's native language is something
other than English and means the student is exempt from
the Foreign Language Requirement.



Local Placement Test, taken either online over the summer
(as in the writing placement test) or at Dartmouth during



British A-Levels



Pre-Matriculation Transfer Credit (from other institutions)
These are never assigned prior to matriculation, and oughtn't
be an issue during the first advising meeting in the Fall.



A departmental decision on placement that does not fit into
one of the categories above.


Grade Codes

(last column)


Superseded by
This indicates that another designation elsewhere on the record
indicates correct placement.  You can ignore this.



Exempt from
This indicates that a student is exempt from the class listed.

This is sometimes paired with another PLC designation,
indicating the course(s) into which the student should be placed.
A student who is EX from French 1 will be PLC (placed) into French 2.
An exemption does not give a student course credit.



Credit for
This means that a student is exempt from a class and is given
college credit for that class.  This will reduce from 35 the total
number of classes a student needs to graduate.
The credit may be "specified" or "unspecified."

A specified credit gives a student credit for a particular Dartmouth
course and may have placement implications (e.g., a specified credit for
Economics 1 allows a student to take more advanced courses for
which Economics 1 is a prerequisite).  An unspecified credit does not.
A "CR" credit however, cannot apply to Distributive or World
Culture Requirements.

If a student takes a class for which they have received credit (s/he
should not do this, but some students will for GPA protection or
because they do not feel confident enough to pass into the higher level) s/he will lose the CR.
Some departments allow pre-matriculation credits to count towards
the major requirements and others do not. Any question relating to
how a CR or EX plays into fulfilling major requirements
should be addressed to the department in question.
The CR designation is sometimes
paired with a PLC. 
For example,  a student with CR for Math 3 may be PLC'ed into Math 8.



Placed into
A student PLC’ed into Writing 2-3 or Writing 5 must enroll in that course.
For all other “PLC” designations, this is the recommendation for a student if they choose to pursue study in that area.
A PLC does not indicate that a student must take that course.
A student is PLC’ed into (not out of) a course.
See General Requirements for Graduation for more information on writing placement procedures.

Last Updated: 9/5/12