Indiana University Bloomington Evaluation Services and Testing (BEST) oversees the administration of the Biology Exemption Exam and Calculus Placement Exam in cooperation with the Departments of Biology and Mathematics respectively. These undergraduate-level exams are optional and should be taken only if the student does not have prior academic credit or credit-by-testing for Biology-E 111/E 112, Biology-L 111/L 112, and/or Math-M 211.
Each exam is one hour and is computer-based. New students may take the Biology Exemption Exam and the Calculus Placement Exam in scheduled testing sessions during New Student Orientation and Welcome Week in August. New students needing the Biology Exemption Exam for spring may take the exam by appointment prior to the beginning of the spring semester. The Calculus Placement Exam is not available for spring. Both exams are not available remotely.
Currently-enrolled students needing the Biology Exemption Exam should contact the Department of Biology Academic Advising Office to obtain permission to take the Biology Exemption Exam. Students who still need to take the Calculus Placement Exam should review the Department of Mathematics Calculus Placement and Exemption Exams website to identify alternate testing opportunities later in the semester.
The Biology Exemption Exam may be taken up to two times. The Calculus Placement Exam may be taken only once.
There is a non-refundable $26.50 fee per exam that will be charged to the student’s Bursar account for each exam taken. Students taking both the Biology and Calculus exams will be charged a separate fee for each exam.