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Placement Testing Program

This program administers placement tests to new and continuing students to ensure correct placement into several introductory courses.

Not sure which tests to take?

Please visit our Interactive Tool, which will help you determine which placement tests you should take.

Placement Tests Offered

Foreign Language Placement

Placement Tests are required for the following languages: Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Spanish and Vietnamese. However, for French and German, they are not required for enrollment in lower-division courses. Instead, students may enroll in these language courses based on their years of high school study, where one year of high school French or German is equivalent to one quarter at UCI. The table below shows which course to consider based on your years of high school language study:

High School Background
(years of French or German)
UCI Course
to Enroll in
One Year 1B
Two Years 1C
Three Years 2A
Four Years 2B

Other Placement Options

Students with college-level course work in French, German, and Spanish should present their transcript to their academic counselor to determine which course to take.

If you have high scores on related AP or SAT-II tests and plan to continue study in the same language, you may wish to consult with a Humanities counselor to determine which course to take. An AP score of at least a 4 will provide credit through 2C. Students who score at least a 620 on the SAT-II should enroll in 2B or higher, however, no course credit is granted based on SAT-II scores alone.

For further information regarding course enrollment in French, German, and Spanish click on the appropriate link below.

Arts Placement Tests

Music Placement Tests

Placement tests in the Department of Music are required of all incoming transfer Music majors who have already studied music theory, musicianship, and history at the college level. Incoming freshmen with advanced training in music theory and musicianship are encouraged to take the placement exam for theory/musicianship.

For information about the music placement tests or the Welcome Week testing schedule, please contact the Department of Music at (949) 824-6646, or visit the office in 303 Music Media (#726 on the campus map).

Dance Placement Auditions

Dance placement auditions are required for all incoming Dance majors and for students planning to register for other than beginning courses in ballet, jazz, or modern dance. Auditions are held during Welcome Week only. Please call the Arts Student Affairs Office at (949) 824-6646 or come to 101 Mesa Arts Building (#58 on the campus) after September 1 for the time and location of auditions. For more information on the audition itself, contact the Dance Office at (949) 824-7283 after September 1.

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