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2017 Placement Exams: Specific Information

Below, please find information for each Placement Exam offered during the summer and during 2017 New Student Orientation. Links to online exams are found on the 2017 Placement Exam Schedule page. Please note that some online exams are available to members of the Class of 2021 via Canvas.

 For a printable PDF with Local Placement Exam information, click here.

 

Department

Who should take the Placement Exam?

Exam Components

Exam Length

Contact with Questions

Arabic Placement

Students with an Arabic language background who need to have their proficiency level determined.

Oral & Written

Up to 2 hours 

Gerard Bohlen

Jamila Chahboun

Biology Placement 

Students interested in pursuing biology at Dartmouth. 

Written (multiple choice)/Online

1 hour

Tom Jack

Chemistry Placement

Students who feel they have a strong high school chemistry background and wish to try to get credit for Chemistry 5.

Students who did not take an AP examination, or who achieved a score of less than 5, and who wish to enroll in Chemistry 10 (an intensive one-term general chemistry course, equivalent to Chemistry 5 and Chemistry 6 and open only to first-year students). Prerequisite: Students who wish to enroll in Chemistry 10 must also have credit for Math 3 or the equivalent.

A passing performance on the Chemistry Credit Test will result in credit on entrance for Chemistry 5. A passing performance on the Chemistry 10 Placement Examination will result in eligibility to enroll in Chemistry 10 (note credit for Math 3 also required).

• For more information, visit: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~prep/chemistry/index.html.

Written

Bring a calculator

2 hours

James Almond

Chemistry 6 Credit 

Only for students who have Chemistry 5 credit (from AP score of 5 or Chemistry Placement Exam given at Orientation). For more information, visit: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~prep/chemistry/index.html.

Written

Bring a calculator

2 hours

James Almond

Chinese Placement

Students with Chinese language background who need to have their proficiency level determined.

Oral & Written

Up to 2 hours

Gerard Bohlen

Hua-yuan Mowry

Computer Science 1 Credit

Appropriate for students with significant previous coursework or experience programming in Python or Java

Students who have scored 4 or 5 on the AP Computer Science Exam do not need to take this exam.

If the exam is passed, student will receive placement into COSC 10, COSC 30, and COSC 51..

Written

1 hour

Prasad Jayanti

Susan Perry

French Placement

Incoming, first-year students who plan to continue to study French, who have not already been automatically placed based on their SAT II or AP scores, or the number of years of French language classes taken in high school.  For more information, visit: http://frandit.dartmouth.edu/undergraduate/placement.

Written + Oral/Online

1 hour

Tania Convertini

French Advanced Placement Test

Incoming, first-year students who are exempt from French 3, for possible exemption from French 8.

For more information, visit: http://frandit.dartmouth.edu/undergraduate/placement.

Written

45 minutes

Tania Convertini

German Placement

This exam is required for all students who plan to continue to study German, either immediately or eventually, who have not taken the CEEB AP German Language and Culture exam, scored lower than 5 on it, or do not have a score of 720 or higher on the SAT German Test (GM) or German with Listening Test (GL). The test consists of a series of multiple-choice questions involving issues of grammar, vocabulary, and reading comprehension; for more information, visit: http://german.dartmouth.edu/undergraduate/placement-test.

Oral & Written/Online

20-40 minutes

Wadeane Kunz

Hebrew Placement

Students with Hebrew language background who need to have their proficiency level determined.

Oral & Written

1 to
1 1/2 hours

Gerard Bohlen

Nurit Ben-Yehuda

Italian Placement

Incoming, first-year students who are planning to continue to study Italian, who have not already been automatically placed based on the number of years or Italian classes taken in high school or on their SAT II or AP scores.  For more information, visit: http://frandit.dartmouth.edu/undergraduate/placement.

Written/Online

1 to
1 1/2 hours

Tania Convertini

Japanese Placement

Students with Japanese language background who need to have their proficiency level determined.

Oral & Written

Up to 2 hours

Gerard Bohlen

Ikuko Watanabe

Korean Placement

Students with Korean language background who need to have their proficiency level determined.

Written

1 to
1 1/2 hours

Gerard Bohlen

Latin Placement

Students planning to continue study of Latin who have not already been placed based on an SAT II or AP score.

Written/Online

45 minutes

Margaret Graver

Math 1 Placement

Required for students who have placement in Math 3, but wish to take Math 1 instead. 

Students who have Math 1, but would rather take Math 3. 

Please visit our Math Placement System on Canvas.

Written (multiple choice)/Online

Calculators not permitted.

1 hour 

Thomas Shemanske

Math 3 Credit

Students who do not already have Math 3 credit (based on AP score of 4 or 5, or IB score of 6 or 7) and think they may qualify.

Please visit our Math Placement System on Canvas.

Written (multiple choice)/Online

Graphing calculator permitted, but not symbolic manipulation.

1 hour 

Thomas Shemanske

Math 8 Credit

Students who do not already have Math 8 credit (based on AP Scores) and think they may qualify.

Please visit our Math Placement System on Canvas.

Written (multiple choice)/Online

Graphing calculator permitted, but not symbolic manipulation.

 1 hour

Thomas Shemanske

Math 13 Credit

 

For students who have taken a vector calculus course and desire credit for Math 13.

Please visit our Math Placement System on Canvas.

Written (multiple choice)

Calculators not permitted

90 minutes

Thomas Shemanske

Music 20 Exemption

Music 20 is the ‪prerequisite for Music 21, 22, and 23, courses that can be used to fulfill the theory requirement for all students majoring or minoring in music‬‬‬. Any student scoring a combined score of 5 on the Music AP exam is exempt from Music 20 and is not required to take the exam.

This examination consists of two parts: (1) aural skills and (2) written analysis. Testing of aural skills will take place on Tuesday, 9/5 at 1:00 PM in Lower Buck (Hopkins Center, Music Department).

The written analysis will be distributed at this time, and each student will be required to complete this portion and return the exam to the Music Department Main Office by Thursday, 9/7, at 12:00 PM.

 

 

Catherine LaTouche

Physics 15 Placement

Required for students who wish to take Physics 15.

Online

1 hour

Robyn Millan

Judy Lowell

Physics 3 or 13 Credit

Students who wish to obtain credit for Physics 3 or 13 may take this test. This test covers primarily mechanics and involves a working knowledge of calculus.

Written

Calculators not permitted

 3 hours

Robyn Millan

Physics 4 or 14 Credit

Students who already have credit for Physics 3 or 13 and wish to obtain credit for Physics 4 or 14 may take this test. This test covers primarily electricity and magnetism, and involves a working knowledge of calculus.

Written

Calculators not permitted

3 hours

 Arrange with Department

Robyn Millan

Judy Lowell

Psychology 1

Anyone who wishes to be exempt from Psychology 1, as a prerequisite to upper-level courses, major and minor.

Written (multiple choice/Scantron)

 1 hour

David Bucci

Psychology 10 

Students who have been exempted from Math 10 by virtue of their Advanced Placement Statistics score, and who are considering becoming Psychology majors, should take the Statistics in Psychological Science Placement Exam, which will be used to determine whether or not the student is exempted from Psychology 10 (Statistical Methods) and placed into Psychology 11 (Laboratory in Psychological Science).

Written (multiple choice)/short answer)

 1 hour

David Bucci

Russian Placement and Credit

Students planning on continuing the study of Russian must take this test. Questions concerning placement should be directed to Alfia Rakova.

Written

1 to
1 1/2 hours

Alfia Rakova

Spanish Placement

Students who have not been exempted from the Dartmouth College language requirement with AP, SAT II, British A level or IB scores must take the Spanish Placement Exam if they wish to continue their Spanish studies at Dartmouth. For general information about language classes and the online exam, see the department http://spanport.dartmouth.edu/undergraduate/placement-information-exams.

Written/Online

 

Roberto Rey Agudo

Special Language Test for Exemption from Language Requirement

Students with a high degree of fluency in a language that is not offered at Dartmouth. Be sure to contact David Peterson before before the end of your first fall term.

Varies according to test

Arrange

David Peterson

Last Updated: 8/2/17