Proficiency Exams

Proficiency exams are optional. They provide you with the opportunity to achieve credit for prior learning in selected areas of study. The biology and chemistry exams described below may be taken prior to registration for first semester courses, as well as at scheduled times after the semester begins.

If you are interested in attempting any of the below exams, register online. There is no fee for these exams.

Information about proficiency exams for courses other than those identified below should be directed to the appropriate academic department office.

Your proficiency credit will be entered on your academic record as soon as it is approved by a university official. However, no credit may be awarded prior to the drop deadline of the your first enrollment term at NIU.

Normally, a proficiency exam may be taken only once in your career at NIU.

Exams Offered

Proficiency exams are available for the following courses: