To assist students and their academic advisers in wisely charting a course of study, the College of Arts and Science offers placement examinations in calculus, computer science, and numerous foreign languages. Please see below for information on how and when to take them.
Calculus (and Mathematics for Economics) Placement Information and Examinations
The Department of Mathematics has important information on the prerequisites and criteria for entering Calculus I (MATH-UA 121) and Mathematics for Economics I (MATH-UA 211), which carries the exact same prerequisites and criteria for entry as Calculus I, as well as information on placing into higher levels of calculus and how Advanced Placement and other examinations may affect placement. There are also exams to place directly into Mathematics for Economics II (MATH-UA 212) and III (MATH-UA 213); AP or other advanced standing credit in calculus cannot substitute for any courses in the MFE sequence.
NOTE: The SAT general test changed with the March, 2016 administration. The minimum score on the mathematics section that is an acceptable prerequisite for Calculus I (MATH-UA 121) or Mathematics for Economics I (MATH-UA 211) is: 650+ for SAT taken before March 2016, and 670+ for SAT taken in or after March 2016. There is no change to the minimum score on either mathematics SAT subject exam that is accepted as a prerequisite for these two courses (650+). These scores are only some of the acceptable prerequisites for MATH-UA 121 and 211; see the Department of Mathematics website (above) for more information.
NOTE: courses that have Algebra and Calculus (MATH-UA 9) or equivalent as the prerequisite, such as Introduction to Macroeconomics or Microeconomics (ECON-UA 1 or 2), have the same placement criteria as Calculus I and Mathematics for Economics I.
Schedule of upcoming calculus placement exams. Pre-registration is required for all placement exams in the Department of Mathematics. To pre-register. If students show up at the exam who haven't pre-registered using this specific online form, they will NOT be allowed to take the test.
Accelerated General Chemistry Placement Information - Summer 2018
PLEASE SEE IMPORTANT NOTES BELOW.
Highly motivated students planning a major in the sciences should consider Accelerated General Chemistry, CHEM-UA 129, which will allow them to complete their General Chemistry requirement in a single semester and will be taught in a small class setting, with no more than 24 students. This course, which is offered in the Fall semester, is ideal for students who have completed advanced high school chemistry, math and physics courses.
Enrollment in the course requires a score of 5 in both Advanced Placement Chemistry and Math (Calculus AB at a minimum) and a score of 4 in Advanced Placement Physics. An A in a high school physics course typically can be substituted for AP Physics, and an exam such as the IB (International Baccalaureate) may be acceptable. If your school did not offer AP or IB courses, SAT II scores will be considered. Calculus II (MATH-UA 122) is a recommended corequisite.
Interested students must ensure their schedules are free of any conflicts at the following times: Lecture: Monday, Wednesday 8 – 9:15 am, Recitation: Friday 9:30 – 10:45am, Lab: Monday 2:30 – 6:45 pm. Students should enroll in the standard General Chemistry I course CHEM-UA 125 using these lecture, recitation, and lab times and will be moved to the Accelerated course pending receipt of placement test scores, AP scores or the equivalent, and final departmental approval. Students who do not qualify will remain enrolled in CHEM-UA 125. If you have a conflict with your First-year Seminar or Cohort, the dean’s office will assist us in moving you to one at a different time.
Interested students should contact Ms. Carol Hollingsworth at email@example.com to submit their AP test scores and other supporting materials, or for additional information about the course.
Department of Chemistry
NOTES: 1. This course is 6 points; students who take more than 18 points per term must pay extra tuition and fees for 19 or more points.
2. The course is designed for science majors and is not intended for prehealth students who are not majoring in the sciences.
3. Health professional schools appreciate when students challenge themselves academically, so we encourage prehealth science majors to take this course if they feel prepared. Entrance requirements vary between programs, however, and some may expect to see two semesters of “general” or “inorganic” chemistry with lab on your transcript. If you ultimately choose to apply to a school that strictly enforces this requirement, and your remaining chemistry course work does not compensate adequately, we recommend that you consult with a prehealth adviser.
Computer Science Placement Information and Examinations
Students with no programming knowledge who are considering a major or minor in computer science should begin with Introduction to Computer Programming (No Prior Experience) (CSCI-UA 2). Students with experience using variables, conditionals, and loops to write small programs (in any programming language) should enroll in Introduction to Computer Programming (Limited Prior Experience) (CSCI-UA 3).
Students considering the major or minor who have no AP credit or previous coursework but have gained a good knowledge of programming on their own and believe they can skip CSCI-UA 3 are strongly advised to take a placement examination in theDepartment of Computer Science for possible for possible waiver from CSCI-UA 3 and admission to CSCI-UA 101.
In all cases, all students interested in taking Introduction to Computer Science (CSCI-UA 101) must first either (1) complete CSCI-UA 2 or 3 with a grade of C or higher, (2) pass the departmental placement exam, or (3) present a score of 3 on the Computer Science AP Exam.
Students with a 4 or 5 on the AP Computer Science exam are expected to skip Introduction to Computer Science (CSCI-UA 101) and enroll in Data Structures (CSCI-UA 102).
Information about our placement exam can be found at:
Sample placement exam questions:
First-year and incoming transfer students can sign up for the placement exam here.
For further details, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Foreign Language Placement and Exemption Examinations
The exams below are for NYU students only. Students who are not matriculated at NYU should contact the Department of Foreign Languages, Translation and Interpreting (212-998-7030) at the NYU School of Professional Studies to inquire about foreign language courses and examinations.
For further information on language exams, NYU students, faculty, and administrators should contact the Office of Academic Affairs in the Silver Center, Room 908 (212-998-8110) or email email@example.com (students please include your NYU ID # in your email).
NYU offers both “placement exams” and “exemption exams.” Please read the entire section. Students cannot take an exemption exam without first earning a qualifying score on a placement exam. NOTE: Online placement exam results are valid for no more than 18 months.
IMPORTANT: Students of Spanish, especially native speakers and/or those with credit for AP Spanish Literature, must first review departmental policies and procedures.
I. For placement in (and possible eligibility to later take an exemption exam in) Cantonese, French, German, Greek (Modern), Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Mandarin (simplified and traditional), Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Tagalog (Filipino), students must go to the College of Arts and Science’s language exam website and take the online exam of their choice.
You cannot take the online exams on an iPad, tablet, or smartphone. It can only be taken on a desktop or laptop computer, and only in Chrome, Firefox or Safari. If you encounter any technical difficulties, please send an email, with your NYU ID # and a screen shot of the problem you encountered, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do not open up any other browser tabs or browser windows while taking the exam. If you attempt to open up a new tab/window, a warning will be given. If you do this again, the exam will shut down and your case will be reviewed by a dean for academic dishonesty. This security feature prevents students from searching the web for answers.
II. Exemption-only paper exams in the following languages are offered in person (one hour long) for students who score above the specified cutoffs on the online placement exams:
- French: 46 or higher (departmental exam)
- German: 71 or higher (departmental exam)
- Italian: 59 or higher (departmental exam)
- Spanish: 59 or higher (departmental exam)
- Cantonese: 57 or higher (please email Professor Fiona Hui at email@example.com)
- Greek (Modern): 51 or higher (departmental exam)
- Hebrew: 42 or higher (departmental exam, 30 minutes)
- Japanese: 62.5 or higher (departmental exam)
- Korean : 81 or higher (departmental exam)
- Latin: 35 or higher (departmental exam)
- Mandarin (simplified and traditional): 81 or higher (departmental exams, 75 minutes)
- Portuguese: 69 or higher (departmental exam)
- Russian: 39 or higher (departmental exam)
- Tagalog (Filipino): 45 or higher (departmental exam, 40 minutes)
Students who score above these cutoffs on the placement exams and who wish to continue their study of the language at NYU rather than exempt from the Core requirement should consult the score and placement results of their online exam and/or consult directly with the language departments or visit their websites.
III. An exemption exam in the following language is only offered in person, not online, and is seventy minutes long:
IV. A placement (and possible exemption) exam in the following language is only offered in person, not online, and is ninety minutes long:
V. Signing up for in-person exams:
Students who are eligible and wish to take an in-person language exam on:
June 14 must R.S.V.P. to firstname.lastname@example.org (with your NYU ID # and online exam score) by 5:00 p.m. on June 13.
July 1 must R.S.V.P. to email@example.com (with your NYU ID # and online exam score) by 5:00 p.m. on June 30.
July 10 must R.S.V.P. to firstname.lastname@example.org (with your NYU ID # and online exam score) by 5:00 p.m. on July 9.
Students registered with the NYU Center for Students with Disabilities must R.S.V.P. to email@example.com at least two days in advance of their scheduled testing time.
VI. Schedule of in-person paper exams:
|Friday, June 14
||Silver Center, Room 618
|Monday, July 1
||Silver Center, Room 618
|Wednesday, July 10
||Silver Center, Room 618
Be sure to bring your NYU I.D. card to the exam. If you are an incoming student to NYU and do not yet have an NYU I.D. card, be sure to bring a government photo-I.D. card.
VII. Other languages: To take the Hindi or Urdu exams, students should contact Professor Gabriela Ilieva at firstname.lastname@example.org. To take the Farsi/Persian exam, students should contact Professor Mohammad Khorrami at email@example.com. To take the Turkish exam, students should contact Professor Sibel Erol at firstname.lastname@example.org. To take Gaelic (Irish), students should contact the Center for Irish and Irish-American Studies (212-998-3950). To be evaluated in Swahili, students should contact the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis (212-992-9650).
VIII. For languages offered through our agreement with Columbia University, please click on "Columbia Language Exchange" at the top right of this page.
IX. Policies: Under very exceptional circumstances, students who wish to petition to re-take the same language exam should contact the CAS Office of Academic Standards in Silver 909. Language exam results are valid for no more than 18 months.
X. Advisers and departments: access to scores and placement results.
Results from all CAS-developed online placement exams. You first need to write Academic Affairs (below) with your NetID to gain access. We will grant access to one or two designated persons in each department.
For further information on language exams, contact the Office of Academic Affairs in the Silver Center, Room 908 (212-998-8110) or email email@example.com (students please include your NYU ID # in your email).