Proficiency Exams

If you have taken any exam in a course, you forfeit your privilege to take the proficiency exam.  

An exam may be taken only once. 

Students enrolled in any advanced physics course are not allowed to take any physics proficiency exam.
Please contact the Undergraduate Studies Office using Physics Undergraduate Office Queue with any questions. 


Exams will be in person and held at the end of the Fall 2021 semester on December 7th and 8th from 7pm-9pm.

Registration Fall 2021:


Exams will be in person and held prior to the start of the Spring 2022 semester during the week of January 10th.  Exams will be held again at the end of the Spring 2022 semester during the week of May 2nd.

Registration Spring 2022: Registration will open for the January 2022 proficiency exams in December 2021, please check back later to register.

Courses Available:  

The Department of Physics will be offering proficiency exams for the following courses for the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters: PHYS 101, PHYS 102, PHYS 211, PHYS 212, PHYS 213, and PHYS 214

Proctoring Registration:  Registered students will receive information for making a proctoring reservation after sign ups open.

Results:  Proficiency results will be made available to students and sent to students' Colleges no later than two weeks after the exams are complete.

Questions:  Please direct all questions about proficiency exams to our Physics Undergraduate Office Queue with PROFICIENCY as the tag in your request. 

Include the proficiency exam you wish to take in your question. 


Grade:  The assigned grade is Pass or Fail. An 80% score is required to receive a passing grade.  Failures are not formally reported. 

Study information:  A course syllabus is available on the web at Click the course web site of the proficiency exam you wish to take. In order to prepare for the proficiency exam, we recommend looking through the lecture notes, taking any practice exams available, or purchasing the textbook for the course. 

Sign-up:  Go to, choose the class you'd like to take an exam in and click the 'Signup!' button.


Students who missed a final exam in a previous semester may register to make up the final exam when the proficiency exams are given.  

You must register to take a make-up final exam: 

When you register please indicate the semester in which you took the course.