First-Year Student Orientation for Fall, Placement Tests

Placement tests are used to help academic advisors determine which math, science, or language courses are best-suited to your ability level.

Which tests to take

The placement tests you need to take may vary depending on your major and the type of student you are. Any required placement tests should be taken well in advance of of your Orientation session.  International students in F-1 or J-1 status enrolling for fall should complete any required placement tests by May 27 or as soon as possible thereafter.

  • Math Placement Exam

    • Students who took a year or more of Calculus in high school or who have earned college credit for Calculus - Click Here

    • Students who did not take a year or more of Calculus in high school and who have not earned college credit for Calculus - Click Here

  • Chemistry Diagnostic Test (CDT)
    Take the CDT if you are considering a major in any of the health or natural sciences.

  • World Languages Placement Test (WLPT)
    Whether or not you'll need to take a WLPT depends on your high school world language background and your future plans for language study at Iowa.