January 2020 Placement Exams
These examinations are for students who wish to continue a language studied in high school. You must take a 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.
Students whose speaking, reading, and writing competence in a language other than English is at the same level we would expect our entering freshmen to have in English (as shown by completing high school in that language or by special examination during their first year here at Cornell) are exempt from the college’s language requirement.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or the Africana Studies website .
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.
German: Visit the German Studies website for more information. Please contact Gunhild Lischke at email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Latin: To arrange a placement test in Latin, please call Linda Brown at 607.255.3354 or email her at email@example.com.
Near East/Middle East Languages (Arabic, Hebrew, Persian and Turkish as well as ancient and other less commonly taught languages, such as Sumerian, Akkadian and Ugaritic): Any student wishing to take a language placement exam in these areas should visit the Near Eastern Studies department website.
Romance Languages (French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish): Visit the Romance Languages website for more information.
Russian: Details regarding the Russian placement exam (also called Russian CASE) will be posted in advance under Current Announcements on the Russian Language website.
Scandinavian Languages (Norwegian and Swedish): Please contact Kora von Wittelsbach at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Slavic and Ugro-Finnic Languages (Bosnian, Croatian, Czech, Hungarian, Macedonian, Polish, Slovenian, Serbian, and Ukrainian): If you have questions about placement in any of these languages, please contact Callean Hile at 607.255.8222 or by email at email@example.com.
Chemistry & Chemical Biology
TBD. You can find more information regarding Chemistry advanced standing here.
TBD. You can find more information regarding CS advanced standing here.
TBD. You can find more information regarding Mathematics advanced standing here.
CASE exams are offered for PHYS 1112 and 2213. A spring advanced standing examination will be given on Tuesday, January 21st, 2020 in room 231 Rockefeller Hall from 12:15-1:15pm. There will not be a make-up date scheduled, so please plan your travel accordingly to make sure you are on campus. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. You can find more information regarding Physics advanced standing here.
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 (courses.cornell.edu) 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 email@example.com, or visiting the office on Level 5 of Cornell Health located on Ho Plaza.
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.