CAS Placement Examinations

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.

Jump to: Foreign Language Placement and Exemption Examinations

Calculus (and Mathematics for Economics) Placement Information and Examinations

The Department of Mathematics has important information here on the prerequisites and criteria for entering Calculus I (MATH-UA 121) and placing into higher levels of calculus, as well as information on how Advanced Placement and other examinations may affect placement. For a schedule of upcoming calculus placement exams, click here. Note: Mathematics for Economics I (MATH-UA 211) carries the exact same prerequisites and criteria for entry as Calculus I. Pre-registration is required. Click here. 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.

Advanced General Chemistry Placement Information - Summer 2015

Students considering a major in chemistry or biochemistry (and others with a a strong interest and background in the physical sciences and mathematics) are invited, if eligible, to register for Advanced General Chemistry I and Laboratory (CHEM-UA 127) instead of General Chemistry I and Laboratory (CHEM-UA 125). It covers similar material as CHEM-UA 125 but in more depth, using a different text to support the topics. Students are selected for this course. In addition to the core material, whenever possible, current research results pertaining to these topics are included in class discussions. Laboratories provide illustration and reinforcement of course topics. Experiments include studies of stoichiometry, acid-base chemistry, properties of gases, colligative properties of solutions, thermochemistry, equilibrium, electrochemistry, and kinetics. Many experiments are augmented by the use of interfaced computers. Also includes individualized projects intended to provide a research-like experience.

The course prerequisites are: AP Chemistry 5 or equivalent; AP Calculus AB 4 or equivalent; good performance in high school physics or Physics SAT II; and permission of the department. Intended chemistry and biochemistry majors are encouraged to take General Physics I and II (PHYS-UA 11, 12) as freshmen with Advanced General Chemistry. Corequisite: Calculus II (MATH-UA 122) or Honors Calculus I (MATH-UA 221).

Interested students must contact the Department of Chemistry as soon as possible with their NYU ID number and received (or anticipated) testing results. Please click here.

Requests received after Friday, July 3, 2015 will be considered as space permits.

Computer Science Placement Information and Examinations

Students with little or no programming knowledge who are considering a major or minor in computer science should begin with Introduction to Computer Programming (CSCI-UA 2). 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).
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 are strongly advised to take a placement examination in the Department of Computer Science for possible waiver from CSCI-UA 2 and admission to CSCI-UA 101.

All students interested in taking Introduction to Computer Science (CSCI-UA 101) must take Introduction to Computer Programming (CSCI-UA 2) or pass the Placement Exam.

Information about our Placement Exam can be found at:

Sample Placement Exam Questions:

For further details, please contact

Foreign Language Placement and Exemption Examinations

The exams below are for NYU students. Non-matriculated students should contact the Department of Foreign Languages, Translation and Interpreting (212-998-7030) at the School of Professional Studies.

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 (students please include your NYU ID # in your email).

Fall 2015

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 click here and 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:

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: 50 or higher (please email Professor Fiona Hui at
  • 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. Signing up for in-person exams:

Students who are eligible and wish to take an in-person language exam on:

August 31 must R.S.V.P. to by 5 p.m. on August 28.
September 1 must R.S.V.P. to by 5 p.m. on August 31.
September 4 must R.S.V.P. to by 5 p.m. on September 3.
September 11 must R.S.V.P. to by 5 p.m. on September 10.

Please include your NYU ID # and your online exam score (when applicable).

Students registered with the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) must R.S.V.P. to at least two days in advance of their scheduled testing time.

IV. Schedule of in-person paper exams:

Monday, August 31      
Silver Center, Room 621         
12:15 p.m.   
Tuesday, September 1     
Waverly Building, Room 43112:15 p.m.     
Friday, September 4Waverly Building, Room 43311:00 a.m.      
Friday, September 11
Waverly Building, Room 4331:00 p.m.

Be sure to bring your NYU I.D. card to the exam.
If you do not yet have an NYU I.D. card, you must bring a government photo-I.D. card.

V. Other languages: To take the Arabic exam, students should contact Professor Ahmed Ferhadi at To take the Hindi or Urdu exams, students should contact Professor Gabriela Ilieva at To take the Farsi/Persian exam, students should contact Professor Mohammad Khorrami at To take the Turkish exam, students should contact Professor Sibel Erol at To take Gaelic (Irish), students should contact the Center for Irish and Irish-American Studies (212-998-3950).

VI. For languages offered through our agreement with Columbia University, please click on "Columbia Language Exchange" to the left of the page.

VII. Policies: Under very exceptional circumstances, students who wish to petition to re-take the same language exam should contact the Office of Academic Affairs in Silver 908. Language exam results are valid for no more than 18 months.

VIII. Advisers and departments: access to scores and placement results.

For results from all CAS-developed online placement exams, go HERE. 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 results from the old WebCAPE online placement exams, click for FRENCH, GERMAN, or SPANISH. These are password-protected spreadsheets; please write Academic Affairs (below) 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 (students please include your NYU ID # in your email).