Placement Exams

Math

The Department of Mathematics encourages every student interested in taking a mathematics class in their first semester at Johns Hopkins to take a placement exam. Learn more about which math classes to take and math placement exams on the Department of Mathematics website.

Music

Private instruction in voice, piano, and orchestral instruments is offered on a space-available basis at the Peabody Conservatory. These lessons are typically 30 minutes in length, are provided in 13-week segments in the fall and spring semesters, and earn a grade and one academic credit. Advanced students may be accepted for hour-long lessons that earn two academic credits. A fee is charged for these lessons.

Auditions take place during the first two weeks of the fall and spring semesters. Repertoire for auditions is as follows:

  1. One or two pieces of the student’s choosing, showing the current level of development on the instrument. Memorization is not required.
  2. Sight-reading, scales, arpeggios, or etudes of the instructor’s choosing.

Completing the Peabody registration application and audition does not guarantee you acceptance for lessons at the Peabody Conservatory. Typically, accepted students have been playing an instrument or singing for a number of years and have received formal training.

Registration for Incoming Freshmen

  1. Download and fill out the Word Document: Peabody registration application.
  2. Return this form during the summer to the Office of the Registrar:
    Office of the Registrar
    Garland Hall, Suite 75
    3400 N. Charles St.
    Baltimore, MD 21218
    The form is sent by the Homewood Registrar’s Office to the Peabody Registrar’s Office for audition scheduling in fall and spring.
  3. You will be notified of your audition date and time by email or phone.
  4. When you arrive at Johns Hopkins, obtain a yellow interdivisional registration form from the Homewood Registrar’s Office or the Office of Academic Advising to bring to your audition. The instructor should sign the form indicating which course(s) are to be taken and the credit amount. A fee is charged for taking lessons.
  5. Submit the signed form to the Homewood Registrar’s Office to register for lessons. Peabody lessons do not have any bearing on your maximum semester credit load limit.
  6. Students who are not accepted for lessons in the Conservatory may be referred to the Peabody Preparatory, which offers non-credit instruction and provides a discount for students at Johns Hopkins.

Registration for Returning Students New to Peabody

  1. Download and fill out the Word Document: Peabody registration application.
  2. Turn in the completed Peabody registration application to the Homewood Registrar’s Office. The form is sent by the Homewood Registrar’s Office to the Peabody Registrar’s Office for audition scheduling in fall and spring.
  3. You will be notified of your audition date and time by email or phone.
  4. Complete a yellow interdivisional registration form from the Homewood Registrar’s Office or the Office of Academic Advising to bring to your audition. The instructor should sign the form indicating which course(s) are to be taken and the credit amount. A fee is charged for taking lessons.
  5. Students who are not accepted for lessons in the Conservatory may be referred to the Peabody Preparatory, which offers non-credit instruction and provides a discount for students at Johns Hopkins.

Registration for Returning Students Who Have Taken Lessons at Peabody

  1. Complete a yellow interdivisional registration form from the Homewood Registrar’s Office or the Office of Academic Advising.
  2. Submit the form to the Homewood Registrar’s Office.

Languages

LanguagePlacement Exam
ArabicContact Sana Jafire
ChineseExam instructions
FrenchExam instructions
GermanExam instructions
HebrewIf you have no previous work in Hebrew, take First Year Hebrew (384.115). If you have had previous work in modern Hebrew, contact Dr. Zvi Cohen. If you have had previous work in Biblical Hebrew, contact Dr. Ted Lewis or Dr. Kyle McCarter.
HindiContact Dr. Uma Saini
ItalianExam instructions
JapaneseThe placement exam will be given during the first class. Contact Dr. Yuki Johnson with questions.
KoreanContact Dr. Soo Yun Lee
LatinRegister for the course you think is most appropriate. Go to class on the first day for more placement information. Contact Professor Joshua Smith with questions.
PortugueseFinal placement in all Portuguese language courses will be determined by a placement exam to be taken during the first week of the semester. Contact Flavia Azeredo-Cerqueria with questions.
RussianRegister for the course you think is most appropriate. Reassignment will be made, if necessary, on the first day of classes. If you have completed more than two years of high school Russian, register for Intensive Intermediate Russian (377.135).

Contact Dr. Olya Samilenko with questions.

SpanishExam instructions

Chemistry

For many science, engineering, and pre-med students, selecting a chemistry course in the fall semester can be a difficult decision. These PDF Document: flow charts may be helpful in selecting the appropriate course for your first year. If you do not yet have your AP/IB test score, make your best guess.

Additional chemistry information:

  • Students who received a score of 4 and who accept their AP credits may not take AS.030.102 and AS.030.106. No exceptions.
  • Students who received a score of 5 and who accept all or half of their AP credits (or IB credits) may not take AS.030.102 and AS.030.106. No exceptions.
  • AS.030.101 and AS.030.105 are only offered in the fall semester, they are NOT offered in spring.
  • AS.030.102, and AS.030.106 are only offered in the spring semester, they are NOT offered in the fall.
  • AS.030.103 is offered in both fall and spring semester.
  • Students who take Organic Chemistry in their freshmen year may take AS.030.227 as a freshman in fall or spring semester, but they may not take AS.030.225 in their freshmen year (though they can take it sophomore year). Freshmen strongly considering the Chemistry major and taking Organic Chemistry their first year are encouraged to take AS.030.227 in fall semester so they can take AS.030.228 in spring semester.