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locigal course) than the students who took the
first course at U of M."
Meiland's letter continued: "While such
statistics might be used as an index for
evaluating the quality of our entering
classes, we also want to point out that the
policies of many departments in the college
are much more permissive than those at
some of our peer institutions," the letter
THE LETTER cited the University of
Chicago, Cornell University, and Dartmouth
College as schools that rarely grant credit
for test scores of three or less and limit the
total number of AP credits that can count
If the college restricts granting credit for
scores of four and five on the tests, the num-
ber of students entering the University with
more than a semester's worth of credit
could be significantly reduced, the commit-
Richard Hensen, director of admissions at
Michigan State University, said that MSU
has no limit on the amount of college credit
students can get for AP tests. Last year, for
instance, one student received 62 credit
hours. MSU requires students to complete a
minimum of 180 credit hours before they
"IF THEY'RE bright enough to pass in ef-
fect a college level course, why should we
make them take it over?" Hensen said.
At Harvard University, students need
grades of four or five on at least three AP
tests to get any credit, but if they meet those
requirements, they can skip their freshman
Almost one-fourth of the freshman class is
usually eligible but only about one-twelfth of
the class actually graduate early, said Kate
Auspitz, director of advanced studies at
ACCORDING to the Office of Admissions
here, 36.6 percent of the 1984 freshman class
received some college credit for AP scores.
About three-fourths of those students en-
tered LSA, and most of the others enrolled in
the engineering college.
Donald Swain, assistant director of ad-
missions, said the highest number of credit
given to any student in 1984 was 42. Six
students were granted more than 40 credit
hours and 196 received 16 or more credits -
the equivalent of one semester.
Swain said a study by his office in the late
1970s showed that most students didn't use
AP credit to graduate early, and that
students who receive AP credit tended to
take more upper-level courses than other
THE OFFICE has been collecting similar
data on the class of 1987, and will have the
results after the class graduates.
Some professors question whether AP test
scores should be used for anything besides
placement in college. "It's called Advanced
Placement, not extra college credit," said
history Prof. Rudi Lindner.
Most departments substitute certain test
scores for a specific course. For example,
students who score a three on the chemistry
AP test get credit for Chemistry 123, while
those who score four or five get credit for
Chemistry 123, 125, and 126 for a total of
eight credit hours.
Other departments grant students depar-
tmental credits, but not for specific courses.;
Hiroshi Ikuma, associate chairman of the
biology department, said the department
administered the AP biology test to students
in Biology 105 and 112 and decided that a
score of three was not equivalent to either of
The department does, however, accept a
score of three as the equivalent of having
taken Biology 100.
x . Scientists unearth ancient tomb
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) - Excavating
an ancient general's tomb, two mem-
bers of a British-Dutch expedition
stumbled onto the 3,300-year-old tomb
of Maya, an official under Pharaoh
Tutankhamen, one of the scientists
A controversy quickly developed
over the importance of the find after
the British Broadcasting Corp., in
reporting it, said it was "the most im-
portant discovery since
Tutankhamen's tomb was opened in
But two Egyptian experts said the
find was routine and of no great
Archaeologist Geoffrey Martin,
field director of the Anglo-Dutch
Egyptian Exploration Society, said he
and Dutch colleague Jacobus van Djik
found the tomb Saturday while
working in the adjacent tomb of the
general Ramose at Sakkara, 371/2
miles south of Cairo and the site of
Egypt's ancient capital.
Martin said reliefs and inscriptions
in the tiny anteroom they saw are in
excellent condition, but the tomb itself
remains buried under thousands of
years of debris.
He said they squeezed through a
hole in the tomb's wall that grave
robbers knocked out "in remote an-
tiquity" and found the anteroom,
about 6% feet square.
"The rest of the chambers are
choked with debris," he said. "We
have not even thought of excavating
the tomb itself or the burial chamber.
It may be two or three years before
the monument is revealed."
Martin indicated it is much too
early to compare the tomb with
Tutankhamen's. "King Tut" was a
minor pharaoh of ancient Egypt's 18th
Dynasty whose significance is due to
his tomb's undisturbed state when
English archaeologist Howard Carter
He said the antechamber leading to
the burial chamber was filled with
brightly painted inscriptions showing
"Maya and his wife adoring the
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