Placement Exams

Some writing, math and foreign language courses require a placement exam. Please refer to the additional notes column on the list of recommended courses for information about which courses require an exam. 

These tests are designed to provide information about your skills in language and/or mathematics. The test results will be used, along with other information, to place you in the courses and sections appropriate to your level of preparation. It is important that you take the tests seriously and that you perform to the best of your abilities.

Placement testing for math, English, and some foreign languages will be conducted online via Sakai, the web-based Rutgers courseware system. Tests for French, German, Latin, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Russian are available online now.

Learn more about placement exams.

Online Exam Registration

Prior to registering for online placement exams, you will need to submit your Summer Scholars Application. Once your application is processed, you will receive an email including your RUID and instructions for accessing online placement testing.

English and math

Tests are administered online via Sakai and can be completed from home/in a quiet environment with a reliable internet connection. Please use laptops or desktops – do not use mobile devices. A wired internet connection is preferred, but you may use a strong wireless connection as well. Please complete your placement tests as early as possible to expedite your application.

All Math test sections must be completed in one sitting, and all English test sections must be completed in one sitting. If you are taking both the Math and English placement exams, you may do both tests consecutively or you may take a break for one evening. Once you begin testing, you must complete Math & English assessments within 72 hours of submitting either one.

French

View more information about the online French Placement Exam.

German

View more information about the online German Placement Exam.

Latin

View more information about the online Latin Placement Exam.

SPANISH

View more information about the online Spanish Placement Exam

PORTUGUESE

View more information about the online Portuguese Placement Exam

POLISH

View more information about the online Polish Placement Exam

RUSSIAN

View more information about the online Russian Placement Exam

In-Person Exam Registration

In-person exams are conducted only for Arabic/Hindi, Chinese, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, and Korean. You may sign up for them here.