USC University of Southern California Schedule of Classes

Placement Examinations

Composition Placement Examination (CPE)

Certain entering freshmen, including those who receive a combined score lower than 1100 on the Critical Reading and Writing sections of the SAT or an ACT English score below 24, are required to take the Placement Examination. Those who do not score above the minimum standard must complete WRIT 120 before enrolling in WRIT 140. The Writing Program will notify students required to take the Placement Examination.

Placement Tests

Placement Tests are required for the following courses:
Mathematics - MATH 108, 116, 117, 125 and 126.
Chemistry - CHEM 105a.
Language - For placement in the first three semesters or to meet the requirement in French, German, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Latin, Russian, and Spanish. For other languages not mentioned above, contact the Office of College Advising.
Physics - PHYS 151.

Placement Test Dates

Contact the Testing Bureau for test times, dates and sites at (213) 740-7166 or

Only students admitted to USC may take the tests and are required to show their USC ID upon arrival. Students who do not have their USC ID can show another form of identification, but must also show proof of enrollment. Two #2 pencils and a pen are also required.