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Fall 2021 Placement Exam Information

Music Humanities

The Music Humanities exemption exam will take place in-person on Friday, September 10. For more information, please join the Music Humanities Zoom during the Academic Resources fair on Tuesday, August 31 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm 

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 985 1653 3556
Passcode: 12756

Questions? Please contact Elaine Sisman at


Columbia College:
Please join us for Columbia College Mathematics Information Session via Zoom on Thursday, September 2, between 12:00-1:00 pm.

At the virtual meeting, you will learn about:
1) our Calculus and Linear Algebra sequence; 2) objectives and requirements of the Mathematics majors and concentration; and 3) opportunities open to Columbia undergraduate students interested in mathematics. Faculty in the Department of Mathematics and current Mathematics majors will be available to answer your questions.

Zoom Session
Topic: Columbia College Mathematics Information Session
Time: September 2, 2021, 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting: 
Meeting ID: 919 1377 7481
Passcode: 787422

Questions can be submitted on Slido during the week before the event (August 24 - 31) at 

Sign up for announcements from the Department of Mathematics at 

Columbia Engineering:
The SEAS Math information session and placement exam will take place on Monday, August 30 from 11:00-12:30 pm on Zoom.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 936 3458 0590
Passcode: 519482


The Chemistry Placement Exam will be a 2-hour online self-assessment which students will be able to take over a 48-hour period between Tuesday, August 31 and Wednesday, September 1.

The details can be found here for both: UN1604 and UN2045After reading the information on the courseworks site, please email the TAs for the course or Vesna Gasperov ( to be added to the site so you are able to access the exam.

There will be a short information session on Monday, August 30 at 10:00 am via Zoom.  Students can ask questions about the placement exam as well as general questions about any first-year classes and the major tracks. 

Please use the Zoom link below for the August 30 information session:

The Chemistry advisors will be at the Academic Resources Fair on Tuesday, August 31 if anyone misses the Monday information session.

After the placement exam period is finished, the instructors for UN1604 and UN2045 will hold an information session via Zoom at 9:00 am on Friday, September 3.  The students who have to take the exam will be informed of this on the Courseworks site.


The Physics Department is holding an Information Session and Placement Exam for Accelerated Physics

Tuesday, August 31
5:15-6:35 pm
Location: 301 Pupin


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, pages 52-53, 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. Placement exams are scheduled for the languages listed below.

If you need to take a placement exam in any of the other foreign languages offered at Columbia, or if the placement exam times below conflict with other mandatory NSOP events that you must attend, you should try to make alternative arrangements through the language program coordinator in the given department. Contact information for these coordinators, when not listed below, can be found here.

Please note: If you are exempt from the Columbia College foreign-language requirement per your placement exam results, you must contact the department to receive a certificate of exemption and deliver that certificate to your advising dean in the Berick Center for Student Advising.



Friday, September 3, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm 
Location TBA
Questions? Please email Taoufik Ben Amor at


To take the placement exam, please contact Charry Karamanoukian at


The first part of the placement exam (including multiple choice and short answers) can be taken online anytime from August 25, 12:01 am - September 1, 11:59 pm.
The oral portion of the exam will occur on Zoom on Friday, September 3 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


The first part of the placement exam (assessing listening, grammar, reading, and writing) can be taken online anytime from August 27 at 12:00 am - September 16 at 11:59 p.m.
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


The Classical Greek placement exam will take place in Hamilton 616 (in-person) on Thursday, September 2, 3:00-5:00 pm. No registration is necessary. 
Questions? Please reach out to Dr. Marcus Folch at
To schedule a placement exam in Modern Greek, please reach out to Dr. Nikolas P. Kakkoufa at


Thursday, September 2, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm in Knox Hall 101 and 103. 
To register, please contact Naama Harel at


The Hindu and Urdu exams will take place on Tuesday, September 7 from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm.
Please contact Rakesh Ranjan at for more information and to register. 


For information on the Hungarian placement exam, please email Carol Rounds at


The Italian placement exam can be done online anytime before the end of the change of program period. Information found here
To register for the exam and for any other questions, please email Lani Muller at


The Japanese placement exam will take place online between August 21 - August 30. Registration for the exam is found here.
Questions? Please contact Naoko Sourial at


The first part of the Korean placement exam will take place online between August 16 and August 30. A link to the exam is found here
The second part will take place on September 2 between 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location TBA
Questions? Please email Professor Joowon Suh at


The Latin placement exam will take place in Hamilton 616 (in-person) on Thursday, September 2, 3:00 - 5:00 pm. 
No registration is necessary. 
Questions? Please contact Professor Marcus Folch at


The Persian exam will take place on Tuesday, September 7 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm

To register and for more information, please contact Saeed Honarmand at


Tuesday, September 14, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
201 Casa Hispanica (in-person)
Questions? Please contact Professor José Antonio Castellanos-Pazos at or Professor Ana Paula Huback at


The Russian Placement Test will take place (remotely) on August 26 (its written part) and August 30 (its oral part). For all details see
With questions and inquiries, contact Alla Smyslova at


Students interested in taking the Sanskrit placement exam should email Shiv Subramaniam at


You may take the exam only once. It consists of multiple-choice questions about vocabulary, grammar, and reading comprehension. There is no oral or listening component to the exam. Since it is an adaptive test, the length varies from one individual to another, with an average time of 20 minutes. Students and the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures will be notified of score and placement recommendations immediately upon completion of the exam. You should save a screenshot of your score. In addition, you can access, view, take another screenshot, or print your placement exam results by logging in to the exam website. 

  • Part II: Tuesday, September 2, 9:00-11:00 a.m., 1:00-4:00 p.m., or 4:00-6:00 p.m. Online via Zoom

If your score on the online test qualifies for exemption from the language requirement at Columbia (higher than 625), you will be required to take another version of the exam on Tuesday, September 2. If your score qualifies you to take this second exam, please register for it here.

Questions? Please contact Dr. Lee B. Abraham, 402 Casa Hispánica, 212-854-3764,


Anyone interested in taking the Tamil placement exam should email Shiv Subramaniam at


Anyone interested in taking the Tibetan placement exam should email Sonam Tsering at


Turkish placements exams will be scheduled individually during the first two weeks of the term.
To schedule an exam, please email Zuleyha Colak at


Anyone interested in taking the Vietnamese placement exam should email Chung Nguyen at





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