You can start taking your placement exams as early as May 1. Make sure you check the information sent from your school so that you don’t miss any deadlines. Make sure you complete your exams on time to ensure that you can register for the classes that are best for you.

If you have questions about placement exam requirements, please contact your academic center between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday:

Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences: 412-624-6444
College of Business Administration: 412-383-8811
School of Nursing: 412-624-2406
Swanson School of Engineering: 412-624-9825

Online Placement Exams

You must complete online exams prior to arrival on campus for your PittStart session. If you are unable to take the test by the deadline, contact your school's academic advising center as soon as possible.

Online ALEKS Math Placement Exam: Visit our Department of Mathematics site for detailed information about the online Math Placement Assessment.

Online Language exams: The online French, German, Italian and Spanish exams will be administered through the WebCAPE system.

All students taking the online Spanish exam must also sign up for an oral interview with the Spanish department that will be conducted when you are on campus for your PittStart session. You must sign up for the oral interview, starting May 1, before you arrive at the PittStart session. You may schedule your interview here.

For specific details about determining placement in college level Spanish classes, please click here.

The French, German, Italian and Spanish exams may be accessed by following these steps:

  1. Go to Pitt's WebCAPE site
  2. Enter the password: panthers1 (password is case-sensitive)
  3. Click the "Login" button
  4. Click the drop-down menu to select a language
  5. After the language is selected, click the "Begin" button
  6. Upon completion of the required identification fields and the survey, click the "Continue" button to proceed with the test

On-Campus Placement Exams: Music Theory, Portuguese, Russian and Latin

You will be able to take any exams not available online (e.g. Music Theory, Portuguese, Russian, or Latin) when you arrive on campus. These exams will be administered for all schools at the Dietrich School Advising Center in Room 201 Thackeray Hall. No pre-registration is required. Testing will occur on Day One of each PittStart session from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please contact your academic center for more information.

Academic Integrity

Correct placement in classes can drastically affect your academic achievement. Placement exams are not a tool for competition or judgment, they are an opportunity for you to assess yourself in a truthful manner. Beginning your University of Pittsburgh career in courses that match your academic level sets you up to be more successful, rather than enrolling in courses you are not academically prepared for.

Technical Help

If you experience any technical difficulties while you are completing an exam (e.g. you are “kicked out”) or if you have concerns over the submission of your exam, please contact the 24-hour Technology Help Desk at (412) 624-HELP.