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, chemistry, computer science, and numerous foreign languages. Please see below for information on how and when to take them.
Calculus, Mathematics for Economics, and Other Foundational Courses: Placement Information and Examinations
The Department of Mathematics has important information on the prerequisites and criteria for entering Calculus I (MATH-UA 121) and also for Mathematics for Economics I (MATH-UA 211). The latter course carries the exact same prerequisites and criteria for entry as Calculus I. There is also information on placing into higher levels of calculus and how Advanced Placement and other examinations may affect placement. Finally, the department also offers 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.
Discrete Mathematics (MATH-UA 120), Linear Algebra (MATH-UA 140), and Honors Linear Algebra (MATH-UA 148) have the same prerequisites as both Calculus I and Mathematics for Economics I, although in the case of MATH-UA 148 the required grade in Algebra and Calculus (MATH-UA 9) is an A-minus and not a C.
ARCHIVAL 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), Mathematics for Economics I (MATH-UA 211), Discrete Mathematics (MATH-UA 120), Linear Algebra (MATH-UA 140), or Honors Linear Algebra (MATH-UA 148) 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 courses (650+). These scores are only some of the acceptable prerequisites for these courses; 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, Mathematics for Economics I, Discrete Mathematics, Linear Algebra, or Honors Linear Algebra.
Schedule of upcoming calculus placement exams. Pre-registration is required for all placement exams in the Department of Mathematic. In order to schedule an exam you must register on the Math Department's website and they will contact you to schedule a proctored online exam over zoom.
Accelerated General Chemistry Placement Information - Summer 2020
Update, August 2020: CHEM-UA 129 Accelerated General Chemistry has been cancelled for the fall 2020 semester.
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 6-point course, which is only offered in the fall semester, is ideal for students who have completed advanced high school chemistry, math, and physics courses. Calculus I (MATH-UA 121) or Advanced Placement credit in calculus is a prerequisite, and Calculus II (MATH-UA 122) is a corequisite, for this course. Students with equivalent experience can place out of Calculus I or Calculus II via the placement exams offered by the Department of Mathematics.
Enrollment in the course requires scoring highly on a placement exam. The exam will be administered on-line. Students who would like to attempt to place into the accelerated option should contact Ms. Carol Hollingsworth at email@example.com to request access to the exam.
The placement exam consists of three sections: chemistry, physics, and mathematics. It is not necessary to achieve a perfect score, but scoring highly in two out of the three sections could qualify students for placement in the course, space permitting. The test itself provides students with feedback about their readiness for the Accelerated course.
We encourage all students majoring in the sciences and interested in a one-semester General Chemistry course to take the exam. Performance on the exam has no effect on enrollment in the regular General Chemistry course and will only be used to determine placement in the Accelerated one-semester course. To provide some reference: students who scored highly on AP (or equivalent) Chemistry, Math, and Physics, or had strong high school courses in those subjects, would most likely do well on this exam.
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 or Tuesday 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to request a link to the on-line exam, or for additional information about the course.
Department of Chemistry
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), as should students with a score of 1 or 2 on the AP Computer Science exam.
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 the Department of Computer Science 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:
For more information, or if you would like to sign up for a placement exam, please contact email@example.com
Foreign Language Placement and Exemption Examinations
Update, fall 2020: the College of Arts and Science has explored different ways of remotely administering its language exemption exams during this unprecedented public health crisis. Exemption exams will be administered thrugh an NYU Classes Site at the dates and times listed below (please scroll further down). At the time of your exam, you must join a Zoom meeting and turn on your webcam for proctoring purposes. Please note that CAS students who complete EXPOS-UA 4 and 9 with a passing grade satisfy the CAS foreign language requirement and no exemption exam is necessary.
The exams below are for NYU students only. Students who are not matriculated at NYU should contact the Center for Applied Liberal Arts (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) via email firstname.lastname@example.org (students please include your NYU ID # in your email).
If you want to petition to retake a foreign language examination, you must fill out this Google form and provide as much detail as possible. If you email, call, or visit CAS Academic Affairs to request a retake, we will refer you to this form.
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 and in-person 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. 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. You should also (a) shut down all apps (Facebook, Skype, Hangouts, Whatsapp, Viber, etc.) and (b) disconnect all smartphones and other devices from your computer, because if you receive a message or text, phone call, push, warning, etc., it will have the same effect of shutting down the exam.
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:
- Cantonese: 57 or higher (please email Professor Fiona Hui at email@example.com)
- French: 46 or higher (departmental exam)
- German: 71 or higher (departmental exam)
- Greek (Modern): 51 or higher (departmental exam)
- Hebrew: 42 or higher (departmental exam, 30 minutes)
- Italian: 59 or higher (departmental exam)
- 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 (please email Professor Irina Belodedova at firstname.lastname@example.org for an evaluation of oral proficiency)
- Spanish: 59 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. Online placement exams are not offered for the following languages; only exemption exams are offered (one hour long),:
IV. Signing up for exemption exams:
Update, fall 2020: the College of Arts and Science has explored different ways of remotely administering its language exemption exams during this unprecedented public health crisis. Exemption exams will be administered through an NYU Classes Site at the dates and times listed below. At the time of your exam, you must join a Zoom meeting and turn on your webcam for proctoring purposes. Please note that CAS students who complete EXPOS-UA 4 and 9 with a passing grade satisfy the CAS foreign language requirement and no exemption exam is necessary.
Students who are eligible and wish to take an in-person language exam on:
August 26 must R.S.V.P. via this Google form by 9:00 a.m. (eastern standard time) on August 26.
September 1 must R.S.V.P. via this Google form by 9:00 a.m. (eastern standard time) on September 1.
September 4 must R.S.V.P. via this Google form by 9:00 a.m. (eastern standard time) on September 4.
September 11 must R.S.V.P. via this Google form by 9:00 a.m. (eastern standard time) on September 11.
V. Schedule of exemption exams held via Zoom.
|Wednesday, August 26
||2:00 p.m. (eastern standard time)
|Tuesday, September 1
||3:45 p.m. (eastern standard time)
|Friday, September 4
||2:00 p.m. (eastern standard time)
|Friday, September 11
||12:00 p.m. (eastern standard time)
VI. Other languages: To take the Arabic exam, students should contact Kieran Lettrich at email@example.com. To take the Hindi or Urdu exam, students should contact Professor Gabriela Ilieva at firstname.lastname@example.org. To take the Farsi/Persian exam, students should contact Professor Yass Alizadeh 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).
VII. For languages offered through our agreement with Columbia University, please click on "Columbia Language Exchange" at the top right of this page.
VIII. 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.
IX. 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).