University-Wide Placement Exams

University-Wide Placement Exams

Prior to taking a Placement Exam, students should consult the Core Requirements page to determine if they are eligible for exemption from requirements based on previous coursework or test results.

Students interested in taking advanced courses or placing out of required classes should plan to take the appropriate placement exams listed below. Test results determine the appropriate course for which students may begin their studies.

Notes

  • Some exams require advance registration with the department administering the exam. 
  • High SAT II or AP scores may exempt students from placement exams, but students are encouraged to check with their advisors for confirmation.
  • Dictionaries are prohibited during all exams.
  • For exams that do not provide dates, times, or locations, or to verify the information given, students are advised to contact the appropriate department for details.

Departmental Placement Exam Schedule

Chemistry Information Session and Placement Exam
For more information, email Dr. Vesna Gasperov.

Physics Information Session and Placement Exam
For more information, visit the website or email Prof. Brian Cole.

Music Humanities Placement Exam
For more information, email Prof. Giuseppe Gerbino.

Foreign Languages

Students who need to take a placement exam in any of the other foreign languages offered at Columbia may make arrangements to do so through the language program coordinator in that department.

Arabic
For more information, visit the website or email Prof. Taoufik Ben-Amor or Prof. Reem Faraj-Kanjawi.

Chinese
Students must register for the test in advance. For more information, visit the website or email Lingjun Hu.

French
The language placement exam is available online. For more information, email Benita Dace or Isabelle Chagnon.

German
For more information email Prof. Richard Alan Korb or Peggy Quisenberry.

Hebrew
For more information, visit the website or email Prof. Rina Kreitman.

Hindi-Urdu
For more information, visit the website or email Prof. Rakesh Ranjan.

Italian
For more information, visit the website or email Aurelia Rabot-Hernandez.

Japanese
Students must register for the test in advance (scroll to bottom of page for form). For more information, visit the website or email Miharu Nittono.

Korean
For more information, visit the website or email Beom Lee or Carol H. Schulz

Latin
For more information, visit the website or email Gerry Visco.

Persian
For more information, visit the website or email Saeed Honarmand.

Russian
For more information, visit the website or email Alla Smyslova and Frank Miller.

Spanish
Before sitting for the exam, students should first complete the preliminary online placement exam. A score of 625 or higher indicates that the student may be eligible for exemption, and should sit for an in-person exam. For more information, visit the website or email Dr. Lee B. Abraham.

Turkish
For more information, visit the website or email Zuleyha Colak. Students must also schedule an appointment for the oral component to the exam with Zuleyha Colak.