Students may be able to determine placement at a particular level in a variety of different subjects, either by means of an exam taken before matriculation (A.P., I.B.) or by taking a placement exam offered by a Penn department, usually at the beginning of the semester.

In either case, students should consider the issue of placement very carefully. Determining the proper level at which to begin the study of a subject gives a student the best chance of success in that course. Placement exams are offered at Penn by language and science departments as well as the Mathematics Department. Browse the sections below for more detailed information on these exams.