Fall 2023 Placement Exam Information

Please visit back throughout the summer, as placement exam information will continually be posted. 


The Chemistry placement exam will take place online ONLY for students from 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, August 29 through 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, August 30. Additional information found here.

Please email Dr. Vesna Gasperov at vg2231@columbia.edu with questions and to receive login information.


For Columbia Engineering: 

The Math placement exam will take place online ONLY for students looking to place into APMA E2000.

An information session will take place on Thursday, August 24 at 1:00 p.m. on Zoom. Meeting link below:

Meeting ID: 979 5786 4239
Passcode: 713353

The exam will be open from the morning of August 24 (following the information session) to the end of the day on August 26. Please email Drew Youngren at dcy2@columbia.edu with questions.

For Columbia College: 

Calculus Placement Guide

For additional questions regarding course placement and equivalencies for Calculus, Linear Algebra, and Ordinary Differential Equations, please contact George Dragomir at gd2572@columbia.edu

Inquiries regarding higher division courses and questions about the Mathematics majors and concentration may be addressed to the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Prof. Mu-Tao Wang at mw2007@columbia.edu.

Music Humanities

Friday, September 8, 10:00 am-11:30 am in 622 Dodge Hall (in-person only).
More information can be found HERE.


The Physics information session and placement exam for accelerated Physics will take place on Wednesday, August 30 from 4:30-6:00 p.m. in 309 Havemeyer. More information on the different levels can be found here.

For general questions, please contact Professor Jeremy Dodd at jrd4@columbia.edu. For specific questions about Accelerated Physics only, please reach out to Professor Yuri Levin at yl3470@columbia.edu.

Foreign Languages

Language placement at Columbia is determined in one of two ways. Students who wish to continue with a language they studied in secondary school MUST either take a Columbia language department placement exam in order to register for a course in that language OR submit results from SAT II Subject Tests or Advanced Placement exams. Those students who have demonstrated proficiency in a language via SAT II or AP should refer to the Academic Planning Guide for New Students for specific course placement information. Students who have not taken an SAT II Subject Test or an AP exam must take a Columbia departmental exam in order to determine appropriate placement. 

Please note that many languages offer a course sequence for heritage speakers. Please see each department's website for more details. 

Language exams will take place during orientation. The information below will continue to be updated throughout Summer 2023. Please continue to check back. 

African Languages

By appointment. Please contact Mariame Sy at sms2168@columbia.edu


Friday, September 1 from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm in 101 Knox Hall

Please contact Taoufik Ben Amor at tb46@columbia.edu.

Students may register for the course that they estimate would fit their level pending the results of the exam.

For more information, see these FAQ. All prospective students should consult the Guidelines for Registration.


Please contact Charry Karamanoukian at ck2444@columbia.edu to arrange the exam. Placement tests are done individually on Zoom prior to the start of classes.


Please contact Dwijen Bhattacharjya at db174@columbia.edu to arrange. More information found here. 


Please contact Aleksandar Boskovic at ab3865@columbia.edu to arrange. More information here


The first part of the placement exam (including multiple choice and short answers) can be taken online anytime from August 23-30. Registration for the exam begins August 18.

The oral portion of the exam will occur on Zoom on Friday, September 1 between 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. 

More information and the exam sign-up link are found here.


Information on the French placement exam can be found here.

Questions? Please email Pascale Hubert-Liebler at ph2028@columbia.edu


The first part of the placement exam (assessing listening, grammar, reading, and writing) can be taken online anytime from August 21- September 14. 

The oral component of the exam will occur after the first part is complete. You will sign-up for an in-person or Zoom session during NSOP week. More information here

Questions? Reach out to Jutta Schmiers-Heller at js2331@columbia.edu.

Greek (Ancient)

Friday, September 1, 1:00-3:00 pm

616 Hamilton

This is a sight exam; no dictionaries or grammatical aides may be used. Questions? Please contact Professor Folch at mf2664@columbia.edu

Greek (Modern)

Wednesday, August 30, 2-hour slot between 11:30 am-2:30 pm

The exam will be administered online through Canvas. Please send an email to Professor Nikolas Kakkoufa at nk2776@columbia.edu to be manually added to the canvas page. If you would like to take the exam in-person or have any other accessibility concerns please let Professor Kakkoufa know and we will try our best to accommodate you.

You will need to have a Greek keyboard installed in order to take the exam online.


Thursday, August 31, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm, 101 Knox Hall

To register, please contact Naama Harel at nh2508@columbia.edu.


Friday, September 1 from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm, 401 Knox Hall

Please contact Rakesh Ranjan at rr2574@columbia.edu for more information and to register. 


Please contact Carol Rounds at chr2@columbia.edu to arrange. More information found here


Please contact Liam Liesanggoro at ll3765@columbia.edu to arrange. More information found here


The exam can be taken at any time in the weeks prior to registration. Information found here: https://italian.columbia.edu/content/language-placement-exam


The Japanese placement exam will take place online between August 19 - August 28. Registration for the exam will take place June 27 - August 27. More information is found here.

Questions? Please contact Naoko Sourial at nns2111@columbia.edu.


The first part of the Korean placement exam will take place online between August 14 - August 29. The test can be taken HERE

Once you log in, you will be guided to register for the test site. Detailed instructions about the test are given on the test site.

The second part (writing and speaking) will take place on August 31 between 10:00 am - 1:00 pm, Location TBA

More information can be found here. For any questions, please reach out to Professor Joowon Suh at js604@columbia.edu.


Friday, September 1, 1:00-3:00 pm

616 Hamilton

This is a sight exam; no dictionaries or grammatical aides may be used. Questions? Please contact Professor Folch at mf2664@columbia.edu


Thursday, August 31 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm, Knox Hall

To register and for more information, please contact Saeed Honarmand at sh3468@columbia.edu.


Tuesday, September 5 at 6:00 pm, Casa Hispánica (612 west 116th Street)

Students interested in taking the exam should contact João Nemi at jn2395@columbia.edu.


Written portion on Wednesday, August 23 from 1:00 - 3:00 pm, taken remotely

Oral interviews on Thursday, August 24 beginning at 10:00 am.

Sign-up sheet and more information here


Students interested in taking the Sanskrit placement exam should email Jay Ramesh at jr3202@columbia.edu.


Students can take the online Spanish language placement examinations any time. You must take one of our placement exams to determine if you qualify to be exempt or before registering for a course or before placing your name on a waiting list. Please review this information sheet for important information about exemption, placement and registration.


Anyone interested in taking the Tamil placement exam should email Jay Ramesh at jr3032@columbia.edu.




Turkish placements exams will be scheduled individually during the last two weeks of summer. Exams should be completed by September 1.

To schedule an exam, please email Zuleyha Colak at zc2208@columbia.edu.


Thursday, August 31 from 1:30 - 3:30 pm

To schedule the exam, please email Chung Nguyen at cn2496@columbia.edu


The Yiddish Language Placement exam will be available online between August 15 and September 15. Students should contact Dr. Agi Legutko at a.legutko@columbia.edu with questions.


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