The Math Placement Exam is completed online before your Permit to Register date and time. It is required to enroll in college-level math at USC. Students log into Blackboard to take their placement exams. The online Math Placement Exam takes about 60 minutes to complete.

Students in the following majors must take the Math Placement Exam, regardless of previous coursework or exam scores:

  • Accounting
  • Architecture
  • Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation (recommended but not required)
  • Astronomy
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Sciences
  • Biophysics
  • Business Administration (all majors)
  • Chemistry (all majors)
  • Computer Science (all majors)
  • Computational Neuroscience
  • Earth Sciences
  • Economics
  • Economics/Mathematics
  • Engineering (all majors)
  • Environmental Sciences and Health
  • Environmental Studies
  • GeoDesign
  • Geological Sciences
  • Global Health
  • Health and Human Sciences
  • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
  • Human Biology
  • Human Development and Aging (Health Science Track)
  • International Relations (Global Business)
  • International Relations (Global Economy)
  • Lifespan Health (recommended but not required)
  • Mathematics (all majors)
  • Neuroscience
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Pharmacology and Drug Development
  • Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)
  • Philosophy and Physics (PHPY)
  • Physics (all majors)
  • Physical Sciences
  • Political Economy
  • Pre-Health emphasis (regardless of major)
  • Public Policy
  • Social Sciences (Economics emphasis)
  • Real Estate Development
  • Undecided Students (leaning toward STEM, health-related majors or Pre-Business)
  • Undeclared Students (leaning toward STEM, health-related majors or Pre-Business)
  • Urban Studies and Planning

Students who are required to take the Math Placement Exam must do so without aid. This includes any assistance provided by a person, a computer (including calculator) or other study aid. Students found to be in violation of this policy will be subject to disciplinary action under the University Student Conduct Code.

Students requiring academic accommodations based on a disability are required to register with Disability Services and Programs (DSP). Please contact DSP and register to set up your accommodations.

dsp.usc.edu
(213) 740-0776
(213) 814-4618 (Video Phone)
ability@usc.edu

When you are ready to take the exam, make sure you are on a stable network connection. Your score will be displayed immediately upon completion of the Math Placement Exam.

The Chemistry Placement Exam is completed online before your Permit to Register date and time. It is designed to identify your readiness for CHEM 105a, the introductory chemistry course. The online Chemistry Placement Exam takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. Student log into Blackboard to complete their placement exam.

The Chemistry Placement Exam is required for the majors listed below, regardless of previous coursework or exam scores:

  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Sciences
  • Biophysics
  • Chemistry (all majors)
  • Computer Science (all majors)
  • Computational Neuroscience
  • Earth Sciences
  • Engineering (all majors)
  • Environmental Sciences and Health
  • Geological Sciences
  • Global Health
  • Health and Human Sciences
  • Health and Humanity
  • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
  • Human Biology
  • Human Development and Aging (Health Sciences track)
  • Lifespan Health (recommended but not required)
  • Neuroscience
  • Pharmacology and Drug Development
  • Physics (all majors)
  • Physical Sciences
  • Pre-Health emphasis (regardless of major)
  • Undecided Students (leaning towards STEM and health-related majors)
  • Undeclared Students (leaning towards STEM and health-related majors)

Students who are required to take the Chemistry Placement Exam must do so without aid. This includes any assistance provided by a person, a computer (including calculator) or other study aid. Students found to be in violation of this policy will be subject to disciplinary action under the University Student Conduct Code.

Students requiring academic accommodations based on a disability are required to register with Disability Services and Programs (DSP). Please contact DSP and register to set up your accommodations.

dsp.usc.edu
(213) 740-0776
(213) 814-4618 (Video Phone)
ability@usc.edu

When you are ready to take the exam, make sure you are on a stable network connection. Your score will be displayed immediately upon completion of the Chemistry Placement Exam.

Students who want to begin a new language with which they have no previous experience should request D-clearance for level 1 at language.usc.edu.

Students with previous experience in a language that want to continue studying that language will be placed based on their previous experience and grades in those courses.

Before registration, students should email the Language Center at language@usc.edu.

During registration, email or call (213) 740-1188. Students must include their USCID numbers and the language in which they seek placement.

Students who scored a 4 or 5 on the AP foreign language* exams need not seek placement; they will have fulfilled the requirement once their official scores are reported to USC. If a student is waiting for AP scores in a foreign language, they should seek placement after matriculation.
*excludes Latin

D-clearances exist only for level 1, and it is section-specific. Students who receive placement will get a “prerequisite waiver” that will allow them to register for whichever section of a course they choose.

The Language Center administers levels in the following languages:

  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Greek (Classical)
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Persian
  • Russian
  • Spanish

For the Portuguese placement exam, contact the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. For the Hebrew placement exam, contact the Jewish Studies Program.