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Placement Exams

Many incoming Washington College students are required to take a placement exam.

Both the Language Placement Exam and Math Placement Exams are administered via Canvas. Each incoming student will receive an invitation to join a Fall Incoming Student Canvas page which will include these placement exams along with additional items which they will complete over the summer.

Please read the following information carefully before taking the exam. The exam must be completed by Monday, June 12th, 2023.There are actually two short exams. The website will explain if you have to take only one or both. Taking one or both depends on your anticipated area of study.

You must have claimed your Washington College email account before attempting to go to the Math Placement Exam website. You should have received an email from the College with directions to claim your account.

You will need to log in to Canvas with your Washington College email ID and password. Do not include "" when entering your ID.

The first time you log in to Canvas for the Placement exam it will ask you to accept the course invitation. Make sure to accept the invitation to be taken to the Fall Incoming Students course.

You are welcome and encouraged to go to the website for the Placement Exam to read about the exam before you actually take it. This can be helpful if you are concerned about what topics are on the exam.

If you have any questions please email our advising team at [email protected]


You should take the exam if:

English is your first language and you have studied French, Spanish, German, or Chinese.

You should not take the exam if:

A. You have never studied a foreign language or you have studied a foreign language other than French, German, Spanish, or Chinese, and do not have transfer credit. In those instances, you must begin at the 101 level in the language of your choice.

B. You can fulfill the Language Requirement with transfer credit from other institutions, after approval of the Associate Chair of World Languages and Cultures.

C. You are a native speaker of a language other than English. Then you have the option of waiving the requirement upon approval of the Associate Chair of World Languages and Cultures.

If you have any questions please contact [email protected]

If you have a learning difference that makes learning a language difficult, please take the placement exam today if you meet the other criteria for taking the exam.
For more information about learning differences and languages, please visit the Office of Academic Skills website. Click Here for Learning Difference Information.