Advanced Placement

Advanced placement is defined as the assignment of new cadets to advanced courses, with or without semester hours credit, for which they have qualified by one or more of the following means:

VMI Placement Examinations

All new cadets are tested for placement in the proper level mathematics course. Cadets who have taken two or more years of a modern foreign language while in grades 9 through 12 are tested for language placement, regardless of their curricular choice. The test results, the high school record, foreign residency, and in some cases, a personal interview will all contribute to the recommendation for placement into an appropriate level course. It is possible for a cadet to place out of a portion or all of the language requirement. Placement credit means that a designated course does not have to be taken. However, semester credit hours are not awarded with placement credit and the required hours must be earned by taking elective courses.

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Dual Enrollment or Attendance at Another College

Subject to approval by appropriate curricular head, VMI will accept credits earned in another accredited college in advance of the applicant's matriculation, provided the course grade has been at least a "C" or the equivalent. Applicants should get advanced approval of course selections from the VMI Admissions Office.

The College Board offers Advanced Placement Examinations annually in May, each based on a typical college-level course. These examinations are designed for students who have had special secondary school preparation. Below are listed the AP Examinations VMI currently accepts for credit. Semester hour credit may be awarded for grades of 4 or 5 (honors and high honors), with placement credit for a score of 3, except as indicated below. Electives must be taken to fill the credit hour requirement.

College Board Advanced Placement Summary

AP
Examination
      VMI
  Equivalent
 
Credit
 Hours

Art-Studio (Drawing/2-D/3-D) ERH Elective Credit 2
Art History ERH 215-ERH 216  6
Biology BI 101-BI 102  8***
Chemistry **** TBD
Computer Science A CIS 111  3
Computer Science AB CIS 111-CIS 112  6
Calculus AB MA 123  3
Calculus BC MA 123-MA 124  6
Chinese-Language CHI 101-CHI 102   
Economics-Micro EC 201  3
Economics-Macro EC 202  3
English Literature/Comp. ERH 101-ERH 102  6
English Language/Comp. ERH 101-ERH 102  6
French-Language FR 101-FR 102  6*
French-Literature TBD TBD**
German-Language German Elective Credit 6*
Government and Politics-US IS 210  3
Government and Politics-Comp. IS 330  3
History-US HI 205-HI 206  6
History-European HI 104  3*****
History-World HI 104  3
Latin-Literature No VMI equivalent N/A
Physics B (Liberal Arts Major) PY 120-PY 121  6
Physics C (All Curricula) PY 160-PY 161  8
Psychology PS 201  3
Spanish-Language -   6*
Spanish-Literature TBD TBD**
Statistics MA 106 or MA 108  3
     

*Score of 3=Placement credit for 101 and 102; 4=Semester hour credit for 101 and 102 (6 credits); 5=Semester hour credit for 101/102 and 201/202 (12 credits).

**TBD by interview with faculty member.

***No credit for a score of 3 for biology majors.

****Chemistry majors must take first-year chemistry; all others will receive credit depending upon score and curriculum.

*****No credit for score of 3. Questions pertaining in International Baccalaureate or Advanced Placement Credit may be directed to VMI's Transfer Credit Coordinator, LTC Neil Whitmore at whitmorend@vmi.edu or 540-464-7039.

Updated information pertaining to VMI's IB, AP and transfer credit practices may be found at http://www.vmi.edu/Admissions.aspx?id=226&ekmensel=fb5 d653b_20_0_226_4.

 

VMI recognizes the advanced level of academic preparation of students completing the IB Diploma or IB courses and encourages participation in the program. Academic credit and/or advanced placement is determined by the appropriate academic department head. Generally, semester hour credit may be awarded for exam scores of 5 or higher. Placement credit is awarded for scores of 4, except as indicated below. Electives must be taken to fill the credit hour requirement.

International Baccalaureate Summary
H=Higher Level Exam, S=Standard Level Exam
IB 
Examination
      VMI
  Equivalent
Credit
 Hours

Art/Design (HL/SL) ERH Elective Credit 2
Biology (HL/SL) BI 101-BI 102  8
Business and Organization (HL/SL) BU 220/BU 230  6
Chemistry (HL) CH 137-CH 138 w/labs 8
General Chemistry (SL) CH 137-CH 138 w/labs  8
Applied Chemistry (SL) CH 131-CH 132 w/labs 8
Computing Studies (HL/SL) CIS 111  3
Economics (HL/SL) EC 201-EC 202 
English A1 (HL/SL) ERH 101/ERH 102  6****
English B (HL/SL) ERH 101/ERH 102  6****
Pilot-English B (HL/SL) ERH 101/ERH 102  6****
French A1 (HL/SL) FR 101-FR 102  6*
French B (HL/SL) FR 101-FR 102  6*
Geography (HL) Elective credit 3**
Geography (SL) N/A 0
German A1 (HL/SL) German Elective Credit 6*
German B (HL/SL) German Elective Credit 6*
History (HL) HI 104  3****
History (SL) HI 104  3*****
Latin (HL/SL) TBD TBD***
Mathematical Methods (SL) Math Elective 6
Advanced Mathematics (SL)

Tentative: MA 401
(subject to review of the Department Head)

 
3
Mathematical Studies (SL) MA 114  3
Mathematics (HL) MA 123-MA 124  6
Philosophy (HL/SL) ERH Elective Credit 3#
Psychology (HL/SL) PS 201  3
Social Anthropology Free Elective 3
Spanish Ab Initio SP 101-SP 102  6
Spanish A1 (HL/SL) SP 101-SP 102  6*
Spanish B (HL/SL) SP 101-SP 102  6*
     
Earned credit of additional subject areas will be evaluated for elective credit based on the topic area and earned score above 5.
     

* Scores of 5 or 6 (6 hours credit); 7 (12 hours credit)

** For History/IS majors only

***To be determined by modern languages department head review

****Score of 5 (placement credit); 6 or 7 (semester hour credit); no credit for score of 4

*****Score of 6 (placement credit); 7 (semester hour credit); no credit for score of 4 or 5

#Score of 1-4 will get placement, 5-7 will get credit

For more information, contact VMI's Transfer Coordinator.

A Level Credit: Based on an evaluation of the 2012 Cambridge International Exam syllabi, the following VMI course equivalents are acceptable for credit for incoming Cambridge International A-Level transfer activity. A grade of "C" or better is required unless otherwise indicated.


Subject Area Syllabus Code VMI Equivalent Credit Hours

Accounting 9706 Business Elective 3 credits
Arabic 9680 AR 101 & AR 102  6 credits
Biology 9700 BI 101  4 credits
Business Studies 9707 Business Elective 3 credits
Chemistry
(No lab credit given)
9701 CH 138 & CH 138  6 credits
Chinese 9715 CHI 101 & CHI 102  6 credits
Economics 9708 EC 201 & EC 202  6 credits
English - Language 8693 ERH 101  3 credits
French 9716 FR 101 & FR 102  6 credits
German 9717 German Elective Credit 6 credits
History
(Must have a grade of B or better)
9697 HI Elective 3 credits
Mathematics 9709 MA 123  3 credits
Physics 9702 PY 160/PY 161/PY 155/PY 156 (labs) 8 credits
Psychology 9698 PS 201  3 credits
Spanish 9719 SP 101 and SP 102  6 credits
       

All other A-Level exams will be evaluated by the appropriate department head at the time of application based on the current course content.

AS Level Credit: Cadets who matriculate at VMI with Cambridge International AS-Level credit will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the academic department head which oversees the course content. Acceptable grades of B/C or better in AS level Cambridge International work may be eligible for placement credit based on the evaluation of the department head.