Math, Language & Chemistry Placement

Math: Assess where you stand online

The Mathematics Department provides a page of commonly asked Calculus Questions along with two online, anonymous placement exams to help you decide whether to start with Calculus I, Calculus II, or beyond. To get started, go to our Selecting Your First Math Course or Calculus Placement Exams website. For additional questions, contact Associate Professor, Pallavi Jayawant (pjayawan@bates.edu)


Foreign Languages

The following information and links serve as a guide for first-year students who wish to take foreign language courses at Bates College. The French and Spanish forms are designed to assist you in placing yourself at the appropriate level. Completing a placement form does not guarantee a place in a French or Spanish class.

  • Chinese: 
    • If you have a few years of Chinese and would like to take a placement test, the following information may be important to you: The textbooks we use at Bates for first year, second year, and third year Chinese are New Practical Chinese Reader Volumes 1-4 (with 4 volumes of Workbooks).
    • Chinese 101-102 covers Lessons 1 to 20 in Volumes I and II, Chinese 201-202 covers Lessons 21 to 38 in Volumes II and III, and Chinese 301-302 covers Lessons 39 to 50 in Volumes III and IV.
    • If you are interested in taking the placement test for Chinese 201 in your first semester at Bates, please read through Lessons 1 to 20 (including the workbooks) before you take it during the orientation week.
    • If you are interested in taking the placement test for Chinese 301, please read through Lessons 21 to 38 (including the workbooks) before you take it during the orientation week.If you have further questions, please contact Professor Shuhui Yang at syang@bates.edu.
  • French – This assessment is designed to assist you in placing yourself at the appropriate level.
  • German – This assessment is designed to assist you in placing yourself at the appropriate level.
  • Greek and Latin – AP examinations scores of four or five in Latin may be used toward the college’s graduation requirement and maybe be used to help place students in Latin courses, but may not count toward the major, minor, or general Education Concentration requirements. If you have further questions about opportunities in Greek and Latin, please contact Professor Lisa Maurizio at lmaurizi@bates.edu.
  • Japanese – Students who have prior experience learning Japanese or living in a Japanese-speaking context should fill out the Japanese Placement Form in order to schedule a placement test, to be given during orientation week. The test includes reading and writing sections as well as a short conversation in Japanese.
  • Russian – E-mail Professor Dennis Browne at dbrowne@bates.edu.
  • Spanish – This assessment is designed to assist you in placing yourself at the appropriate level.

Chemistry

Students who have questions about how to use AP credit in lieu of Chemistry 107 and/or Chemistry 108 should email Professor T. Glen Lawson (tlawson@bates.edu).