Undergraduate Placement Exams (First Year)

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

Please Note: If you are an incoming Freshman and plan to take a placement test in conjunction with Advising & Orientation, please refer to the 2014 Summer Advising and Orientation Testing Schedule.

The total testing time is 90 minutes, which includes check-in, instructions, and 60 minutes of test time.
Room 440 of Schmitz Hall, Testing Center
MATH Tests: $35 per test. FOREIGN LANGUAGE and HONORS CHEMISTRY: $25 per test.
We only accept cash, check, or money order payable to "University of Washington".
Pre-registration is not required; test is given on a first-come, first-served basis. Bring your student ID # and photo ID. It is recommended that you arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the scheduled reporting time.
Printed score reports are available after completion of the test. In addition, your score will be uploaded to the UW student database for registration by 8:00 am on the day following the test.

Math: Each type (advanced or general) twice in a twelve-month period, two-week wait between tests.
Honors Chemistry: Twice in a twelve-month period, two-week wait between tests.
German & Japanese : Twice in a twelve-month period, 75-day wait between tests.
Korean first and second year : No waiting period.
French, Italian, and Spanish: Once every 6 months.

More Information:

If you are uncertain about whether you need to take a placement test, please consult UW Advising for more information. To determine the placement prerequisites for a particular course, consult the UW Course Catalog. For more information regarding mathematics test scores and placement, please consult the UW Math Department.

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.

Seating is available on a space available basis; please note that test sessions occasionally fill-up. If you arrive after the scheduled test time, you will not be admitted to the examination.

Placement Schedule: July 1, 2014 - May 31, 2015

Arrive at least 30 minutes prior to scheduled reporting time.

July 2014 August 2014 September 2014
October 2014 November 2014 December 2014
January 2015 February 2015 March 2015
April 2015 May 2015