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Placement Exams and Proficiency Exam Schedule

Find out when and where placement exams are offered during the 2016–2017 academic year.


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 (reading portion)

April 8, 2017: 10 a.m.

HSS 2150
French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish. No registration required. Those passing the reading portion will schedule to take the oral portion of the exam during the following week.
Language Proficiency
(oral portion)

April 10-14, 2017 by appointment.

  This exam is for those students who pass the reading portion of the proficiency examination.
Math Placement (required for MATH 3C, 4C, 10A OR 20A)

February 11, 2017: 11–1 p.m. (Session 1)

February 11, 2017: 2-4 p.m. (Session 2)

February 13, 2017: 11-1 p.m.

AP&M Computer Lab, B432

AP&M Computer Lab, B432

AP&M Computer Lab, B432

Bring a No. 2 pencil and photo ID. Results are good for 1 year. Calculator use is permitted, except for a TI-89. For more information, see the Math Placement website.

Pre-registration is required (no walk-ins are allowed). Students can register by visiting the website mathtesting.ucsd.edu.

UC Analytical Writing Placement Exam (formerly Subject A Proficiency)



Bring photo ID. You may fulfill the Entry Level Writing Requirement by writing a passing essay on the Analytical Writing Placement Exam (which is required of all students who have not otherwise met the requirement). This examination may be taken only once. Students who fail will be required to enroll in ELWR 1. For more information, see the Basic Writing Program website, basicwriting.ucsd.edu.