Placement Exams

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The CASE (Advanced Standing Exam) for PHYS 2207, 2208, 1112, 2213, and 2214 will be held - TBD. 

Chemistry and Chemical Biology


Students who have not had the equivalent of a college-level chemistry course are discouraged from taking these examinations (Regents, CBA, and CHEM programs are not considered college level).

Allow two hours for each examination. Bring a nongraphing, nonprogrammable scientific calculator with log and exponential functions and several #2 pencils with erasers.

Computer Science

If you have a working knowledge of object-oriented programming in Java, C++, or Python and did not take the CEEB, IB, or GCE exam, or if you took the CEEB Advanced Placement A exam in computer science but did not score high enough to receive credit for CS 1110, then you may take a placement test in computer science after you arrive on campus. Recommendations will be made for placement in the appropriate computer science course based on exam performance. For more information, please contact Professor White directly at Allow 2.5 hours for the exam.


TBD. Please visit the department website for placement information: 

Foreign Languages

These examinations are for students who wish to continue a language studied in high school. You must take this placement examination if you have more than one year of study in the language and do not have an SAT II or AP score in that language. For specific information on individual language exams (basic placement exams, advanced standing or CASE exams, schedules, locations, and makeup exams), please consult the websites listed below.

African Languages (Swahili and Yoruba): Any student wishing to sign up for an African language placement test should contact the Africana Studies and Research Center at 607.255.4625, email, or visit

Arabic: Any student wishing to sign up for the Arabic placement exam should contact Munther Younes, director of the Arabic language program, by calling 607.255.6275 or by email at

Asian Languages (Bengali, Burmese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Mandarin, Nepali, Sanskrit, Sinhala, Tagalog, Thai, Urdu, and Vietnamese): Any student wishing to take an Asian language placement exam should visit the Asian studies department website at

Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian and Ukrainian: If you are interested in these languages, please consult Professor Browne by email at or call Callean Hile at 607.255.8222.

Czech, Hungarian, and Polish: If you have questions about placement in any of these three languages, please contact Callean Hile at 607.255.8222 or by email at

German: The German basic placement and CASE exams are scheduled for Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 3:00pm in G22 and G24 Goldwin Smith Hall, respectively. Both a makeup German basic placement and CASE exam will be given on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 7:00pm in G22 and G24 Goldwin Smith Hall, respectively. Please contact Gunhild Lischke at or 607.255.0725 if you have questions.

Greek, Ancient: To arrange a placement test in ancient Greek, please call Linda Brown at 607.255.3354 or email her at

Hebrew: For the Hebrew placement exam, you may sign up at 409 White Hall, by calling 607.255.6275, or by sending an email to Nava Scharf, Hebrew language coordinator, at

Latin: To arrange a placement test in Latin, please call Linda Brown at 607.255.3354 or email her at

Persian: Any student wishing to sign up for a Persian language placement exam should contact Iago Gocheleishvili, Persian language coordinator, by calling 607.255.6467 or emailing

Romance Languages (French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish):

Russian: The Russian placement exam (also called Russian CASE) is given in the fall and spring semesters, usually two or three days before the first day of classes. Details for the January test will be posted in advance under Current Announcements at

For any of the above tests with scheduled dates and times, you do not need to sign up in advance. For all placement tests, bring a sharpened #2 pencil and an eraser. For the test, you will need to know your Social Security Number and your Cornell ID number. Be sure to arrive at least five minutes before the exam.


Why placement examinations?

Placement examinations are administered to determine a new student’s appropriate level of study within a discipline. On the basis of your performance on an examination, you may be placed in the subject’s introductory course; be exempted from the introductory course and be allowed to take a more advanced course; or be exempted from the introductory course, receive credit for that course, and be allowed to take a more advanced course. Grades on advanced standing examinations do not become part of your university record.

Do I have to take an exam?

Some of the examinations may be required by your college. Check the materials sent to you by your college and the college orientation section of this booklet for more details. Consult Courses of Study ( and information from your college regarding credits awarded on the basis of your exam scores and descriptions of the courses you may be exempted from and placed into.

What about students with disabilities?

Students who wish to receive testing accommodation for placement exams due to a disability must contact Student Disability Services (SDS) prior to taking a placement exam. Disability documentation is required to receive academic accommodation. Contact SDS by calling 607.254.4545, emailing, or visiting the office at 420 Computing and Communications Center (CCC).

What about ESL (English as a Second Language) students?

Contact the Writing Workshop at 607.255.6349 if you are an ESL student who needs help with your writing.