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2017 Local Placement Exams

As you know from Explore, Engage, Excel, the primary purpose of Local 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 arrangements 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 and Exemptions Reference Guides (for departments/programs)

Scheduling Information

Please review the 2017 Placement Exam Schedule prior to your arrival on campus.

  • Students arriving on campus before Tuesday, Sept. 5 should plan to take those exams that are offered in the on-campus Exam Center on Monday, Sept. 4.
  • Students arriving on campus on Tuesday, Sept. 5 who plan to take Placement Exams should be prepared to complete the Exams before 5:00 pm on Tuesday, Sept. 5.
    • Please note that certain Placement Exams (Chemistry, French Advanced Placement, Music, and Physics) will only be offered on Tuesday, Sept. 5 (or Thursday, Sept. 7 for Chemistry 6). They will not be offered before Tuesday, Sept. 5.
  • 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. 7.

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

Exam Center Location: Dartmouth Hall, Room 105

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

Please click here for a campus map. Dartmouth Hall is on the east side of the Green.

  • On Monday, Sept. 4 and Tuesday, Sept. 5, Local Placement Exams will be administered in Dartmouth Hall, Room 105. Please check-in at the table inside the left hand door of Dartmouth Hall. You will then receive further instructions.

Exam Center Hours

For information on what exams are available in the testing center, please visit the 2017 Placement Exam Schedule page.

  • Monday, Sept. 4: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm (Dartmouth Hall, Room 105)
  • Tuesday, Sept. 5: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (Dartmouth Hall, Room 105)

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 the exam center during the hours listed above.

Arrangements for Placement Exam takers with disabilities: Requests for disability-related arrangements 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: 7/28/17