Orientation and Transition

New Student Orientation


You’ll take two placement exams as a part of New Student Orientation—or more, if you choose. Your scores will help your academic advisor recommend appropriate courses for your first semester and develop a plan for future coursework.

Required Exams

All incoming freshmen and most transfer students are required to take the Math Placement Exam and a Foreign Language Placement Exam. You must take the online math and language exams before arriving to New Student Orientation. We currently provide testing in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Hebrew, and Spanish. You may take more than one language exam, but cannot take the same one more than once. If the language you need to take is not offered, your advisor can provide information regarding the FLPE.

Specific directions for testing is sent to new students as they sign up for New Student Orientation.

Transfer students who have IU Bloomington credit for certain levels of classes may be exempt from one or both of the required exams. You’ll receive information about exemptions when you make your reservation for New Student Orientation. You will want to check your Transfer Credit Report prior to orientation to determine what IUB credits you have earned with your previous course work. You can find more information about IU's Credit Transfer Service on the IU Office of Admissions website.

Optional Exams

IU also offers optional placement and credit exams. The Department of Chemistry highly recommends completing the Chemistry Placement Exam (CPE) prior to orientation.  Students will not be permitted to enroll in certain introductory chemistry courses without the appropriate CPE score.  Please bring a printout of your score to your academic advising appointment.  Refer to the department’s website for more information.

The biology and calculus exams are offered prior to check-in on the first day of your orientation program. Other exams may be offered at the beginning of the semester too. IU also awards credit for a variety of College Board Advanced Placement (AP) exams. To be considered for credit have a copy of your score report sent to the IU Office of Admissions.

More Information

Your orientation reservation materials and confirmations will include details about testing options and requirements. University Division has more information about IU placement exams.