Placement Examinations

Placement tests are required for the following courses:

Mathematics: MATH 108, 116, 117, 125 and 126

Chemistry: CHEM 050, 102 and 105a

Language: For placement in the first three semesters or to meet the requirement in Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Latin, Persian, Russian and Spanish.

For languages not mentioned above, contact the Language Center, Taper Hall 309, (213) 740-1188.

Placement Test Dates, Times and Locations

All placement tests require a reservation scheduled at least one week prior to the exam date. Contact the Center for Testing and Assessment for test times at, (213) 740-7166 or visit the Website at for more information.

Foreign language placement tests are administered by the Language Center on scheduled dates throughout the academic year and during the summer. Results are valid for one calendar year. Students must wait six months before retaking. For additional information concerning foreign language tests, contact the USC Language Center, THH 309, (213) 740-1188 or, or visit the Website at

Only students admitted to USC may take these exams. USC ID or proof of admittance to USC along with a photo ID is required. Also, bring two #2 pencils and a pen.