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Fall 2022 Placement Exam Information

Music Humanities

The Music Humanities exemption exam will take place on Friday, September 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in 622 Dodge Hall. All students must wear masks. Please note that this exam may only be attempted once, during students' first term at Columbia. More information found here. Questions? Please email Professor Benjamin Steege at


For Columbia Engineering:
The Math placement exam will take place online ONLY for students looking to place into APMA E2000. More information on placement found here
An information session will take place on Friday, August 26 at 10:00 a.m. on Zoom. Meeting link below:
The exam will be open from the morning of August 26 (following the information session) to the end of the day on August 28. Please email Drew Youngren at with questions.
For Columbia College:
The Mathematics Department does not hold placement exams. Information regarding placement in the Calculus sequence can be found on the Mathematics Department webpage at  
For additional questions regarding course placement and equivalencies for Calculus, Linear Algebra, and Ordinary Differential Equations, please contact George Dragomir at
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


The Chemistry placement exam will take place online ONLY for students from 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, August 30 through 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, August 31. Additional information found here.  

Please email Dr. Vesna Gasperov at with questions and to receive login information. 


The Physics information session and placement exam for accelerated Physics will take place on Wednesday, August 31 from 5:15-6:30 p.m. in 301 Uris. (Only a pen is needed, no calculator.

For general questions, please contact Professor Jeremy Dodd at For specific questions about Accelerated Physics only, please reach out to Professor Norman Christ at

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. 

Language exams will take place during orientation. The information below will continue to be updated throughout Summer 2022. Please continue to check back. 


African Languages

By appointment. Please contact Mariame Sy at


Friday, September 2, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm 

Knox 101 and 103

Please contact Taoufik Ben Amor at or Professor Reem Faraj at

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.


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


Please contact Dwijen Bhattacharjya at for details and to arrange a time to take the exam. 


The exam will be offered August 22- August 30, by appointment. Both written and oral parts will be administered remotely. 

Please contact Aleksander Bošković at with any questions. More information found here and here


The first part of the placement exam (including multiple choice and short answers) can be taken online anytime from August 15-25. 

The oral portion of the exam will occur on Zoom on Friday, September 2 between 10:00 am - 12:00 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 on Wednesday, August 31 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. in 618 Hamilton. 

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 The exam will be open from August 22nd September 2nd. After the written online portion, an oral exam will be arranged. 


Thursday, September 1, 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 Friday, September 2 from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm in Knox 114 and 116. 

Please contact Rakesh Ranjan at for more information and to register. 


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


Please contact Yudis Nugraha at to arrange to take the exam. The exam will take place via Zoom and Google Form two weeks before the start of classes. 


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 20 - August 29. 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 15 and August 30. A link to the exam is found here

The second part will take place on September 1 between 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Location TBA

Questions? Please email Professor Joowon Suh at


The Latin exam will take place on Wednesday, August 31 from 1-3 p.m. in 618 Hamilton. Please note this is a sight exam. No dictionaries or grammatical aids may be used.

Questions? Please contact Marcus Folch at


The Persian exam will take place on Friday, September 2 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

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


The Portuguese exam will take place on Thursday, September 8 at 6:00 p.m. in 201 Casa Hispánica (612 west 116th Street). Please email Ana Paula Huback at or José Antonio Castellanos-Pazos at with any questions and to register.

More information can be found here


The Russian Placement Test will take place (remotely) on Wednesday, August 24 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. (its written part) and Thursday, August 25 (its oral part). For all details see here

With questions and inquiries, contact Alla Smyslova at Please note you'll need to complete this cover page and email it as an attachment to Alla at least one day before the test. 


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 25 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: Offered during the week of August 22nd and on August 31st between 11am and 2pm. 

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. If your score qualifies you to take this second exam, please register for it here, preferable by Friday, August 19th. 

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


The placement exam can be taken online anytime August 15- August 28. A speaking portion (for Modern Tibetan only) will occur on Thursday, September 1 at 5:00 p.m. 

Please contact Sonam Tsering at with any questions.

More information can be found here


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 The test will be done in person on Thursday, September 1 from 1:30-3:30 in 502A Kent Hall. 


The Yiddish placement exam will be available to take here anytime between August 31 and September 16.  Questions? Please email Agnieszka Legutko at


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