Placement Exams

Placement exams and assessments should be completed before you register in order to be placed in the appropriate course. If you have a disability and would like to request accommodations for a placement exam, please contact AccessAbility Services at 413-538-2634 or

Chemistry Placement

General Chemistry I, (or its equivalent Chemistry 160 course) is usually the first course for an entering student who has taken fewer than two years of high school chemistry. It covers the foundations of reaction chemistry, thermochemistry, electronic structure, chemical bonding, and acid-base chemistry.

Before you can register for Chemistry 101, 160 or 201, however, you must first complete the Chemistry placement exam to assess your math readiness for Chemistry courses. To take the exam, after clicking on the link, click "Create Account" to make yourself an account using your Mount Holyoke email.  Once you have an account, log in and look for Mount Holyoke College Courses.   Under Courses at Mount Holyoke, you will see a link to General Chemistry, under which you will see a selection for Semester 1, under which you will see the link to the placement test. You will need the code fall14 to enter the exam.

Please complete the placement exam well before your registration time.  Although results are usually available within a few days, it may take up to a week for your exam to be evaluated and the results posted to ISIS to give you a permission for the appropriate chemistry class. After you have taken the exam, Chemistry faculty will review your results and will email you to notify you of the appropriate Chemistry course for you.  It may take an additional work day to record the permission in ISIS that will allow you to register for that course.  (The permission will be visible on your ISIS "Approvals, Holds, and Registration Access Time")  If your score on the Chemistry placement exam is high enough so that Chemistry 201 is likely the right course for you, the faculty will email you a supplementary Chemistry 201 examto complete and return, before you will receive permission to enroll in Chemistry 201.

Language Placement

Arabic, Chinese, Japanese
Students who have studied Arabic, Chinese, or Japanese prior to coming to Mount Holyoke are encouragd to consult with an appropriate professor of Asian Studies for advice on placement in correct course levels. 

Students interested in studying French must take the placement exam, even if they have never before studied French.

German Studies
Students who wish to study German must complete a language proficiency questionnaire and placement exam.  Students with no previous knowledge of German may enroll in German 101 or German 103.

Students interested in placement in the appropriate Greek language course should contact Paula Debnar, professor of classics.

Students hoping to begin their Italian studies at a level higher than 101-102 should contact Ombretta Frau, associate professor of Italian.

Students interested in enrolling in Latin 201 or above must take the Latin placement exam.

Russian and Eurasian Studies
Students who have previously studied Russian and are interested in continuing their study of the language should write to the chair of the Russian and Eurasian Studies department.  Students with no prior work in Russian should register for RES 101.

Students who have previous knowledge of Spanish and wish to continue their study of Spanish while at Mount Holyoke must take a placement exam and complete a language proficiency questionnaire.

Mathematics Assessment

The mathematics assessment is for students planning to begin the study of calculus.  The results will assist the department in placing you in your first calculus course.  For questions about calculus placement, contact Margaret Robinson.

Music Exemption and Auditions

The Music 100 exemption exams for Fall 2014 are Wednesday, September 3, 4:00pm and Friday, September 5, 4:00pm in Pratt Hall (Room 109).  Refer to the Music Department website for more information.

For audition information about music lessons, small chamber ensembles, Orchestra, Choral, Jazz and Early Music Ensembles refer to Music News and Events.