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Placement examinations

IMPORTANT: Please note the information provided below is meant for students at the Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science only. Other students must contact their corresponding Faculty regarding placement examination.


What is a placement examination?

Placement exams are for newly-admitted, non-Quebec students who have taken enriched science and math courses in secondary school. These courses covered material similar to the content of a first-year mathematics or science course at Concordia. 

Placement exams are three (3) hour exams similar to the final examinations given in these courses. Students who are successful in the placement exam(s) may be awarded credit or exemption for the Concordia course(s). SAS offers placement exams for the following courses:

  • CHEM 205 (General Chemistry I)
  • PHYS 204 (Mechanics)
  • PHYS 205 (Electricity and Magnetism)
  • MATH 203 (Differential and Integral Calculus I)
  • MATH 204 (Vectors and Matrices) 
  • MATH 205 (Differential and Integral Calculus II)

The placement exams are held only during the first week of classes in the fall (September) and winter (January) terms. 

Placement exams may be written either in the morning or afternoon. Students may write the exams on any scheduled dates, advance registration is required.

  • Morning exams are held from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Afternoon exams are held from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

How to register for a placement examination

  1. Check the schedule. SAS posts the schedule in August (for the fall term) and December (for the winter term), respectively.
  2. Register for the exam(s) according to the instructions. SAS posts the registration instructions in August (for the fall term) and November (for the winter term), respectively. 
  3. An email will be sent with information regarding the exam, such as the list of permitted materials (VERIFY that your calculator is one of the approved GCS calculators!)
  4. Arrive at least 15 minutes early for your exam. Students must have identification* that bears both their photo and signature, for example:
  • Concordia ID card,
  • health insurance card,
  • driver’s license,
  • age of majority card.

*Students will NOT be permitted to write the exam without this identification.



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