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What are placement tests?
All incoming freshman students are required to take placement tests in math and writing. Foreign language placement tests are also required for some students. Placement testing at Benedictine University is done entirely online.
Every incoming freshman is required to take the math placement exam. The purpose is to place a student into the appropriate math course and to help ensure the student has the skills required to be successful in that particular course. Before taking this exam, you are advised to prepare. We recommend that you review the list of topics and select the highest test with which you feel comfortable only when you feel rested, not under stress, and have sufficient time to complete the test.
Every incoming first-year student is required to take the Writing Assessment. The purpose of the Writing Assessment is two-fold: to place students with the greatest needs into our Structured Learning Assistance (SLA) sections, and to obtain a baseline on students’ writing skills in order to track progress throughout their Benedictine careers and thereby assess the quality of our Writing Program. Faculty is interested in developing students’ writing skills throughout their education because it considers the ability to write well to be one of the key attributes of educated persons, whatever their eventual careers.
The foreign language placement exam is required of all entering students who have taken courses in Spanish, French or Chinese, or who come from a home where one of these languages is spoken. This exam is necessary because a large number of majors include a language requirement that exceeds the entrance requirement. In order to ensure that students register for a language class at the appropriate level, the placement exam is necessary.
Signing up for Testing
RSVP for Online Placement Testing. The placement tests will take approximately three hours to complete. Please select your date accordingly. After completing your testing RSVP, you will receive a confirmation email with detailed instructions for your testing day. If you have any questions regarding placement testing, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.