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).

If you are an incoming Freshman and would like to take your Math Placement Test in conjunction with your Advising & Orientation session, click herePlease note: only Math Placement Testing is available in conjunction with Advising & Orientation.

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
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: *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  in replacement of 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).  Additional information can be found on: http://asian.washington.edu/korean-proficiency-placement.

Do I Need a Placement Test? 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.

To request disability accommodation for testing, please contact the OEA Testing Center at (206) 543-1171 or via email at oeatests@uw.edu at least 2 business days before you intend to test.

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: January 1, 2015 - September 30, 2015

Arrive at least 30 minutes prior to scheduled reporting time.

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