Credit & Placement Exams
SMU offers placement exams for calculus, chemistry, and four world languages (Spanish, French, German, and Russian). Placement exams are accessible through your "New Student" course in Canvas. We encourage all incoming students who need to take calculus and/or chemistry to take advantage of these placement exams as they are a helpful guide in determining what level is most appropriate. Prior to enrolling in a language course, you must either take a placement exam or, if your language of choice doesn't offer an exam, obtain permission from the department of World Languages & Literatures.
Additionally, the Mathematics Department offers an optional credit exam for students with a strong background in calculus. This exam is offered in-person during move-in week. If you're interested in taking this exam, please contact the Mathematics Department.