All incoming freshmen and most transfer students are required to take the Math Placement Exam and a Foreign Language Placement Exam (FLPE).
We recommend taking these exams at your earliest convenience. However, you must complete these exams prior to your NSO program. While at NSO, you will meet with an advisor who will interpret your scores and determine your foreign language and math placement levels. Neglecting to take these exams online prior to NSO may disrupt your advising and enrollment session as well as your academic planning.
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 coursework. You can find more information about IU's Credit Transfer Service on the IU Office of Admissions website.
We currently provide testing in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Hebrew, Russian, and Spanish. You may take more than one language exam, but you 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.
International students are not required to take the FLPE.
All incoming freshmen must take the Math Placement Exam online prior to NSO. While at NSO, your academic advisor will provide you with information about the interpretation of your score and placement.
The Chemistry Placement Exam is required for students in science majors who will be taking Chemistry courses as well as students 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.
Most international undergraduate students entering Indiana University who are non-native speakers of English are required to take the Indiana Academic English Test (IAET) before beginning studies at IU. If you are required to take the IAET, you will be assigned a time and place for the IAET during your NSO reservation.
Certain departments offer placement exams to determine advanced placement or credit at IU Bloomington.
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 exam is offered on Day 2 of your program. Specific information about these exams will be included in your orientation confirmation page.
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.
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. This exam is not offered in the spring.
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.
Need Testing Accommodations?
If you have a diagnosed disability that affects your performance on timed tests, and you receive testing modifications at your current school or have received extended time on your SAT or ACT exam, you may request testing modifications for placement exams taken as part of New Student Orientation.
You will have the opportunity to indicate that you require testing modifications or similar support during the academic year from the Office of Disability Services for Students (DSS). We will connect you with DSS to file the proper documentation.