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.

Transfer students who have IU Bloomington credit for certain levels of classes may be exempt from one or both of the required exams. 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.

For a list of exemptions, click here.

Optional Exams

Certain departments offer placement exams to determine advanced placement or credit at IU Bloomington. 

Chemistry Placement Exam
The Chemistry Placement Exam is necessary for students in science majors who will be taking Chemistry courses as well as those in certain health professions programs. This is an online exam, available now, and must be taken before you can enroll in certain introductory chemistry courses. Learn more about the Chemistry Placement Exam here.

Calculus Advanced Placement Exam 
If you have completed a one-year high school or college calculus course and plan to continue studying calculus at IU, consider taking this exam. Students who pass this exam can earn credit for Math M211.

Biology Departmental Exam 
Consider taking this exam only if you have received excellent grades in two years of high school biology and plan to continue studying biology at IU. Students who pass this exam can earn credit for Biology B111 and/or B112.

During the summer NSO programs, the biology and calculus exams are offered prior to check-in on the first day of your orientation program. During the August and January programs, the biology and calculus exams are offered on Day 2 of your 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.