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Placement Exams and Proficiency Exam Schedule

Find a list of academic placement exams, when they are offered, and the location of each exam.


The placement and proficiency exam schedules for each quarter are posted on Friday of Week 5 of the previous quarter. You can also read general information about placement exams.

Exam Dates and time Location Comments
Language Proficiency 


For full instructions and to request an exam refer to the Proficiency Exam website.

Note: Proficiency Exams only need to be completed if required for relevant college/major/minor language requirements. If you are intending to figure out which course to enroll in, then you will need to complete a Placement Test. More information about placement can be found here.

Math Placement Exam (MPE)

The MPE places students into the following courses: MATH 2, 3C, 4C, 10A, 20A, and 18.

Visit the MTP website for MPE exam times and dates for each quarter.

Free on-campus testing at the Applied Physics and Mathematics Building (AP&M).

Remote testing via ProctorU (for $20).


See the Math Placement website for full information on the MPE, to view the current MPE schedule, and to register to take the MPE.

Students must have a valid photo ID and must register for testing sessions in advance. MPE results are valid for one year. 

Writing Placement Process (WPP)

The WPP places students into College Writing, AWP 3, or AWP 4A-4B.

Visit the Writing Placement Process section in Program Update for instructions.

All first-year incoming freshmen who have not fulfilled the UC Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR) must complete this placement process in summer, before their first fall quarter starts. They will receive WPP registration information by email. Visit Analytical Writing Program - Writing Placement Process for further information.