Harvard College placement exam results help incoming students select the classes that will be most appropriate for them to begin their course of study and achieve their academic goals.  All fields of study are open to all students at Harvard; your placement exams will help you know where to get started.


Events & Deadlines


Welcome to the newly admitted Class of 2026!

Placement exams for incoming students will take place this summer. You will be required to take the writing and math exams and will also have an opportunity to take exams in biology, chemistry, music theory, and a range of languages.  These additional fields are not required, but you are encouraged to take exams in each of the academic areas you hope to explore. The recommendations generated from these exams can be used to begin planning your course of study.  Members of the incoming Class of 2026 do not need to register for any of the placement exams. 

Current Harvard College students may access language placement exams once they become available during the summer exam period and must register for the exam. Registration will open starting May 16.  Please see the Exam Schedule for detailed dates and information. 




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