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
- Check the schedule. SAS posts the schedule in August (for the fall term) and December (for the winter term), respectively.
- 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.
- 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!)
- 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.
- Placement exams can be written only on the first week of classes in the fall (September) and winter (January) terms.
- Only students who have been admitted to a degree or certificate program at the University for summer, fall or winter terms may request to write the exams. Independent and visiting students are not eligible.
- A request to write a placement exam will not be considered after one year from the date of the student’s first registration in the degree or certificate program for which the course is a prerequisite.
- Students may not request to write a placement exam more than once in any one course.
- Students may not write a placement exam in a course for which they have previously registered either at Concordia or at any other post-secondary institution.
- Students may not write a placement exam in a course for which they have previously registered or completed its prerequisite course, either at Concordia or at any other post-secondary institution. For example, a student who has registered or completed MATH 203 may not write the placement exam for MATH 205.
- Students may not write a placement exam in a course for which they have previously written an advanced placement exam, an advanced level examination, an international baccalaureate examination or other similar examination.
- Students may not write a placement exam for a course of a lower level than one already attempted. For example, a student who wrote a placement exam for MATH 205 may not subsequently write an exam for MATH 203.
- Students may not write a placement exam for a course of a higher level than one already failed for which it is a prerequisite. For example, a student who failed the placement exam for MATH 203 may not subsequently write an exam for MATH 205.
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