Placement Exams

If you plan to take courses in foreign language, chemistry, mathematics, or physics at Northwestern, it's important to determine at what level you should begin.

Online placement exams are now available until August 1.

Overview of Placement Exams and Requirements

All placement exams must be taken between June 1 to August 1, unless otherwise noted. For these placement exams, there will be no opportunity for you to complete the test after the deadline or during Wildcat Welcome. 

You cannot pass or fail, but your exam score may exempt you from introductory courses or allow you to satisfy the Weinberg College foreign language proficiency requirement, which also applies to some non-Weinberg students, depending on the school.