New Student Online Testing Information

From this site you can connect with any of the available online exams associated with new students and New Student Orientation (NSO).

Please read through the information below and, when ready, simply click on the name of the exam you need to take.

Remember, these are placement exams

  • It is important that you do your own work.
  • You may NOT use books, notes or any other materials or resources, online or otherwise. Doing so could be considered academic misconduct and a violation of Indiana University's Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities and Conduct.
  • You should do the best you can, following the individual test guidelines.
  • If you get help or use unauthorized materials, you will likely place yourself in a course which is too difficult for you. If you do not do your best, you will likely get placed in a course below the appropriate level, spending time in and money for a class you don't need

A note about the Foreign Language and Math Placement exams:

We recommend taking these exams at your earliest convenience, at least 3 days or more before your NSO program. While at NSO, you will meet with an advisor who will interpret your scores and determine your foreign language  and your math placement levels. Neglecting to take these exams online prior to NSO may disrupt your advising and course registration as well as your academic planning.

Foreign Language Placement Exam (FLPE)

Foreign Language Placement Exams offered online are: Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian, and Spanish.  For information about exams not listed here, speak to your advisor while at New Student Orientation.

You are exempt from the FLPE only if you:

  • have IU Bloomington Foreign language credit for 4 or more semesters of a foreign language or
  • if you have never studied a foreign language.

Required Math Exam 

Freshmen are NOT exempt from this exam under any circumstances.

Transfer students are exempt from the Math Placement Exam ONLY under the following circumstances**:

Students with intended business majors:  you must have IU Bloomington credit for both Math-M118 and Math-M119 OR both Math M-118 and Math-M211 to be exempt for the online Math Placement Exam.

All other students: you must have IU Bloomington credit for Math-M118 and Math-M119 OR Math-M211 to be exempt from the online Math Placement Exam.

If your transfer credits have not given you credit for these IU Bloomington course(s), you must plan to take the Math Placement Exam prior to New Student Orientation. 

**If you plan to enroll in CHEM-C 117, CHEM-S 117, MATH-T 101, or EDUC-N 101, you must plan to take the Math Placement Exam, regardless of your intended area of study.

While at New Student Orientation, your academic advisor will provide you with information about the interpretation of your score and placement. Information is also available here.

Chemistry Placement Exam

This exam is required of students intending to enroll in CHEM-C117, the general chemistry "science major" course. 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. You can also find information regarding Chemistry Exemption Exams at the Chemistry link above.

To read more about these exams, or to access the exams, simply click on the name of the exam above.

Indiana Academic English Test (IAET)

There are three ways you can become exempt from taking the IAET:

If you are an undergraduate student, you will not have to take the IAET if you achieve a high score on the TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB. The necessary scores are as follows:

  • Internet-based TOEFL: 105
  • Print-based TOEFL: 620
  • IELTS: 7.5
  • MELAB: 87

If you are a graduate student, you do not have to take the exam if your graduate department waives the requirement. However, if you are an Associate Instructor (AI), and are not a native English speaker, you are subject to the TEPAIC (Test of English Proficiency for International Associate Instructor Candidates).

If your native language is English, you do not have to take the test. See a list of countries that are considered to have English as the native language.