Office of Educational Assessment

Undergraduate Placement

First Year Placement Tests include: Mathematics, Honors Chemistry (145), Chemistry 142 and the six foreign languages listed below. If you need second year, third year, deficiency, or a foreign language not listed below, please make an individual appointment with our office (206-543-1171).

FEE: $30 per test

Fees are payable to the University of Washington at the time of testing, in cash or check only. Credit and debit cards are NOT accepted.

Fee waivers are available to UW Seattle students who have an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of $0. If you are eligible for a waiver, please bring EFC documentation with you to the testing session.

REGISTRATION: Test is given on a First-come, First-served basis during the times listed below (see schedule). It is recommended that you arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the listed test time and form a line outside the office door on the benches. Please bring a physical Photo ID or Husky Card.
TEST LENGTH: 60 minutes
LOCATION: Room 440, Schmitz Hall, Testing Center
RESULTS: Printed score reports are available after the completion of the test. Your score will be uploaded overnight to the UW student database and will be ready for registration by 8:00 am on the following day.
RETESTS: Chemistry 142 and 145 (Honors). Twice in a twelve-month period, two-week wait between tests.
French, Italian, and Spanish. Once every 6 months.
German & Japanese. Twice in a twelve-month period, 75-day wait between tests.
Korean first and second year. No waiting period.
Math. Each type (advanced or general) twice in a twelve-month period, two-week wait between tests.
STUDY: Math. Sample test questions
Spanish. Sample test questions
MORE INFORMATION: If you are uncertain about whether you need to take a placement test, please consult Undergraduate Academic Affairs Advising for more information. To determine the placement prerequisites for a particular course, consult the UW Course Catalog.

Chemistry. Take the CHEM 142 test if you wish to enroll in either CHEM 142 or 143. You can also place into CHEM 142  or  CHEM 143 with completion of a preparatory chemistry course, CHEM 110 or equivalent or with an AP Chemistry score of 1 or greater. A score of 5, 6, or 7 on the High Level Chemistry IB exam is accepted for placement into any of the courses. Take the CHEM 145 (Honors) test if you wish to enroll in CHEM 145. Note CHEM 145 is open to students with a score of 3, 4 or 5 on the AP Chemistry test or a  5, 6, or 7 on the High Level Chemistry IB exam. Completion of MATH 124 or concurrent enrollment in MATH 124 is also a prerequisite for CHEM 145. For more information regarding chemistry test scores and placement at UW Seattle, please consult the UW Chemistry Department.

Language testing. If, after your admission to UW, you start over again in the language you used to meet the admission requirement, the first college quarter is considered a duplication and you aren’t awarded college credit. The course and grade will appear on your college transcript, but won’t count toward your credit total or your GPA. You’ll receive credit for all language courses from the second quarter on.

Korean. Korean Heritage track students can take the Korean 100 test if they are trying to fulfill their language requirement for graduation, but cannot take the Korean 100 test to replace Korean 135.  If you missed taking Korean 135 in Autumn Quarter, you may want to take the Korean 200 test and see if you can place into 3rd year Korean (300-level).  For more information regarding Korean test scores and placement at UW Seattle, please consult Asian Languages and Literature.

Math. The Math Placement Tests (MPT) provide placement into precalculus and calculus. For more information regarding mathematics test scores and placement at UW Seattle, please consult the UW Math Department.

Schedule

Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the listed test time and form a line outside the office door on the benches. Seating is available on a space available basis and test sessions occasionally fill-up. If you arrive after the scheduled test time, you will not be admitted to the examination.

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Disability Accommodation

To request disability accommodation for testing, please contact the OEA Testing Center at (206) 543-1171 or via email at testingcenter@u.washington.edu before registering for the test.