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.

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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.

Incoming transfers may take an on-campus calculus placement exam on Thursday, January 22 at 2:00pm in Warren Weaver Hall, Room 101. 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

Students planning 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).

There is no longer a departmental placement examination. Eligibility is based on presenting three Advanced Placement (or equivalent, such as IB) scores, as follows:

Prerequisites: AP Chemistry 5 or equivalent; AP Physics 4 or equivalent; AP Calculus AB 4 or equivalent; and permission of the department. Corequisite: Calculus II (MATH-UA 122) or Honors Calculus II (MATH-UA 222).

Eligible incoming freshmen must (after discussing with their CAS academic adviser) contact the Department of Chemistry as soon as possible with their full name, NYU N#, and a request to be enrolled in Advanced General Chemistry for fall 2014. Requests received after August 1st will be considered if space permits. For contact information, consult the department's website here.

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:

The next exam will be held on Thursday, January 22 at 2:00pm in Warren Weaver Hall, Room 312.

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.

Spring 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: 34 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:

Friday, April 3 must R.S.V.P. to by 5 p.m. on April 2.
Thursday, April 9 must R.S.V.P. to by 5 p.m. on April 8.
Wednesday, April 15 must R.S.V.P. to by 5 p.m. on April 14.
Friday, May 1 must R.S.V.P. to by 5 p.m. on April 30.

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:

Friday, April 3        
Silver 412
1:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 9*
Silver 507
11:00 a.m.
Wednesday, April 15*
Waverly 36712:30 p.m.
Friday, May 1
Waverly 56711:00 a.m.

*The Chinese exam will not be offered on April 9 and April 15.

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.

For further information on language exams, contact the Office of Academic Affairs in the Silver Center, Room 908 (212-998-8110) or email