Placement Exams

Math Diagnostic Test

If you plan to enroll in Math 1 - Pre-Calculus, Math 3A - Calculus for Life Science Students, Math 31A - Calculus and Analytical Geometry, or Math 31AL - Differential and Integral Calculus Laboratory, you must take the online Math Diagnostic Test.

Students should take the Math Diagnostic Test under the following conditions:

  • Students who do not have AP credit or other course credit for Math 1, Math 31A, Math 31A, or Math 3AL
  • Students who are waiting for UCLA to receive their AP test scores or other course credit
  • Students who have AP credit or other course credit for any of these courses, but wish to repeat course(s) at UCLA
    (please note that repeating the course means no grade or unit credit and a permanent transcript notation)

If you plan to take the exam, it is available online beginning May 1, 2020. Please complete the exam before July 1, 2020 so that your placement will be available at New Student Orientation, thus allowing you to enroll in the appropriate course. There is a $20 non-refundable charge since the test is operated by a third party - ALEKS Placement, Preparation and Learning (ALEKS PPL).

Chemistry Diagnostic Test

If you plan to enroll in Chemistry 17, Chemistry 14A, Chemistry 14AE, Chemistry 20A, or Chemistry 20AH during the Fall 2020 Quarter you must take the online Chemistry Diagnostic Test.

The exam will be available online beginning May 1, 2020. Please complete the exam before July 1, 2020 so that your placement recommendation will be available at New Student Orientation, thus allowing you to enroll in the appropriate course. There is no charge for taking this examination and the results are advisory, not mandatory.

Foreign Language Placement Exams

The various schools/colleges within UCLA have different requirements for Foreign Language, and it's possible that you have already fulfilled the requirement. At New Student Orientation, your advisor will address these requirements and advise you on where to find your foreign language placement exam, if needed.

If you do not attend New Student Orientation, you will have the opportunity to address these questions if you attend a New Student Workshop offered in September.

Music Theory Placement Exam

Students admitted to the Ethnomusicology, Music, or Musicology majors must take the Music Theory Placement Exam. This exam is offered during first-year New Student Orientation sessions.

English as a Second Language Placement Exam (ESLPE)

The Undergraduate Admissions Office reviews your application to determine if you are required to take the ESLPE. If the ESPLE is required, it will be noted on your UCLA Degree Audit report, which you will receive when you attend Summer Orientation.

Note: This exam is not offered to freshmen. Freshmen who have not already met the Entry Level Writing Requirement must take the UC Analytical Writing Placement Exam.