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Placement Exams

Before you begin your first year of classes, make sure you have taken any necessary placement exams.

See the current Placement Exams and Proficiency Exam Schedule.

A few things to keep in mind about placement exams:

  • Placement exams help you determine the course level in which to enroll.
  • Don't guess answers on placement exams. Artificially high scores could lead you to enroll in a course for which you are not adequately prepared.
  • There is no fee for the Math or Language Placement Exam. There is a fee to take the Writing Placement Exam.

Types of placement exams:

  • Chemistry: Learn who should take the Chemistry Placement Exam, and link to the exam if needed.
  • Math: Take the Math Placement Exam if you have not met a math course prerequisite for pre-calculus or first quarter calculus. This 90-minute, multiple-choice exam is free of charge.
  • Language: Take the online Language Placement Exam if you have had some exposure to a language that you would like to study further. This 45-minute, multiple-choice exam is free of charge.
  • Writing Placement Exam: If you have not fulfilled the UC Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR) prior to enrollment at UC San Diego, you must take a Writing Placement Test or an Analytical Writing Placement Exam before the start of your first quarter. Students must satisfy the ELWR within a limited time period or they will be prohibited from further enrollment at UC San Diego.

If you have questions, please contact the appropriate resource: