Placement Tests

Whitman College offers on-line placement tests in calculus, chemistry and foreign languages. If you intend to register for a class in any of these subjects, please take the on-line placement test prior to selecting a course. Each placement test is briefly described below.

CALCULUS In order to help you decide which calculus course you should register for (Math 125/Calculus I, Math 126/Calculus II, or Math 225/Calculus III), please take the calculus placement test.

CHEMISTRY Students who have a solid background in chemistry might consider taking Advanced General Chemistry (140) instead of the General Chemistry sequence (125, 135, 126, 136). If you think you might be interested in the Advanced General Chemistry, we encourage you to take the short, self-administered placement test. Your score on this short exam will help you make an informed choice about enrolling in Chemistry 140.

FOREIGN LANGUAGES If you have previously studied a foreign language in high school, college or elsewhere, and would like to continue studying it at Whitman, you must take a placement test before enrolling in a course of that foreign language. Chinese, Japanese and Classics (Latin) Chinese, Japanese and Classics do not offer placement tests. Instead, they provide information regarding what you must know in order to enroll. Simply click on the guidelines and review the lists of required knowledge to determine your appropriate course level.

French, German and Spanish French, German and Spanish offer centralized online placement tests. These tests require you to logon using information you received in the mailing that directed you to this website. On completion of each placement test, you will be told (on-line) the course in which you should enroll.
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