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.

Those who have had two years of high school chemistry or AP chemistry or A-level chemistry should take the Chemistry 201 placement exam and follow the instructors on the first page for reporting your score.   There will be also be a separate mathematics placement for Chemistry 201 and you will receive instructions on that placement after you report your score on the Chemistry 201 placement.  If you wish to start with a later chemistry course, we ask that you still start with the Chemistry 201 Placement Exam and discuss your options with the chair after you report your placement scores.

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 who have studied Hebrew prior to coming to Mount Holyoke should contact Joanna Caravita, lecturer in Modern Hebrew, for advice on placement in the correct course level. Students with no previous knowledge of Hebrew may enroll in JWST 150, Introduction to Modern Hebrew.

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

Fall 2015 Music 100 exemption exam dates:  Wed. Sept. 9 and Fri. Sept. 11 at 4pm in Room 109, Pratt Hall.  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.