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Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH  03755
Phone: 603.646.3399

2016 Local Placement Exams

As you know from Explore, Engage, Excel, the primary purpose of Placement Exams is to ensure that you are taking courses appropriate for your level of preparation.


Should you take a Placement Exam? All students, and particularly international students whose academic credentials are not easily interpreted within the American academic setting, are urged to consider taking relevant exams, even if you do not plan to continue in that area of study. If there is a question of placement, or if we lack sufficient information in the form of standardized test scores to evaluate advanced preparation, it is recommended that you take an exam.

However, please know that past experience tells us that not all students choose to take Placement Exams; for those who do, some take only one, while others take several.

Click here for information on requesting Placement Exam accommodations on the basis of a disability.

Pre-Matriculation Credit (Registrar)

Please make sure you review the information on the Registrar's website regarding the following:

  • Credit on Entrance and Exemption (Pre-matriculation credit recognized for achievement on a test that may be equivalent to a course)
  • Definitions and Types of Credit at Dartmouth
  • Pre-matriculation Transfer Credit (Transfer credit awarded from accredited four year degree-granting institutions earned prior to matriculation)
  • Credits & Exemptions Reference Guides (for departments/programs)

Scheduling Information

Please review the 2016 Placement Exam Schedule prior to your arrival on campus.

  • Students arriving on campus before Tuesday, Sept. 6 should plan to take those exams that are offered in the on-campus Exam Center on Monday, Sept. 5.
  • Students arriving on campus on Tuesday, Sept. 6 who plan to take Placement Exams should be prepared to complete the Exams before 5:00 pm on Tuesday, Sept. 6.
    • Please note that certain Placement Exams (Chemistry, French Advanced Placement, Music, and Physics) will only be offered on Tuesday, Sept. 6 (or Thursday, Sept. 8 for Chemistry 6). They will not be offered before Tuesday.
  • Results are updated nightly and will be available on DegreeWorks (found within the BannerStudent Information System) each morning by 7:00 am, beginning on Thursday, Sept. 8.

It is not possible to schedule alternative times for Placement Exam administration, and it is not possible to arrange early access to student housing for Placement Exam purposes.

Exam Center Locations: Collis Center and Moore Hall

Please bring some form of ID (your Dartmouth ID would be best).

Please click here for a campus map with the testing centers labeled.

  • Monday, Sept. 5: Placement Exams will be held at the Collis Center, 301 (3rd Floor).
  • Tuesday, Sept. 6: Placement Exams will be administered in Moore Hall. Please check-in at the first floor lobby of Moore. You will then be instructed to proceed to a specific room to take your exam.

Exam Center Hours

For information on what exams are available in the testing center, please visit the 2016 Placement Exam Schedule page.

  • Monday, Sept. 5: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm (Collis Center, 301 [3rd Floor])
  • Tuesday, Sept. 6: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall)

Academic Honor Principle

From Dartmouth's Academic Honor Principle (Please also see the Dartmouth College Student Handbook): 

The faculty, administration, and students of Dartmouth College recognize the Academic Honor Principle as fundamental to the education process. Any instance of academic dishonesty is considered a violation of the Academic Honor Principle. Fundamental to the principle of independent learning are the requirements of honesty and integrity in the performance of academic assignments, both in and out of the classroom. Dartmouth operates on the principle of academic honor, without proctoring of examinations. Any student who submits work which is not his or her own, or commits other acts of academic dishonesty, violates the purposes of the College and is subject to disciplinary actions, up to and including suspension or separation. Any student who becomes aware of a violation of the Academic Honor Principle is bound by honor to take some action.

Need Help?

  • For specific Placement Exam questions, email the department contact directly; for a list of contacts, please visit the Specific Placement Exam Information page.
  • If you're on campus, stop by an exam center during the hours listed above.

Accommodations for Placement Exam takers with disabilities: Requests for accommodations in taking Local Placement Exams, such as extended time, should be coordinated through Student Accessibility Services well in advance of the exams: (603) 646-9900.

Last Updated: 8/5/16