GS Placement Exams

GS Placement Exams

Important Notes | Students with Disabilities | Language Placement Exams

Many incoming GS students will be required to take the placement exams in quantitative reasoning, mathematics, or chemistry. Students should consult with their academic advisor to confirm if they are required to take any of these exams.

Placement exams are instrumental in establishing a student’s level of proficiency in these subjects. The results of these exams determine a student's accurate placement in related courses. Placement exams are offered throughout the summer and during Orientation Week in the fall and spring semesters. 

Please note that each placement exam may only be taken once.

To view the Placement Exam schedule, or to register, click here.

Important Notes

  • There are no practice exams for the Placement Exams. Students should refer to the relevant Placement Exam page(s) for information about topics that will be covered.
  • Students will receive their Placement Exam scores immediately following the completion of the exams, and are asked to wait for results. However, students will not be provided with corrected exams. 
  • Students who have questions after receiving their results should follow up with their academic advisor.
  • Because a course may fill up before a student is able to take the relevant placement exam, students are allowed to register for courses contingent upon the outcome of a placement exam. Students who do not receive the required score for a given course will be required to modify their registration.

Testing Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

In some cases, students with disabilities are entitled to accommodations related to administration of examinations, including placement exams. Such accommodations must be specified as well as authorized by the Columbia University Office of Disability Services, based on an assessment of the disability and appropriate documentation. This authorization process can often take a month, once all required documentation is received.

Students with learning disabilities or other disabilities that may warrant an accommodation should contact the Office of Disability Services immediately upon receipt of the GS Acceptance Packet.

Exams Administered by the Office of Disability Services
Students who take a Placement Exam through the Office of Disability Services will receive their scores within 24-48 hours via email.

Language Placement Exams

Because a language course may fill up before a student is able to take the relevant placement exam, students are allowed to register for language courses contingent upon the outcome of a placement exam. Students who do not receive the required score for a given course will be required to modify their registration.

For information about language placement exams, including exam dates and registration requirements, visit the University-Wide Placement Exams page.