Please note, these exams are not required for all students, please see descriptions below!

Writing Placement Checklist

  • Writing Placement Checklist - Now available online
    • First year students are automatically placed into a Writing Course based on your SAT/ACT scores
      • If you did not submit SAT or ACT scores or if you would like to challenge your SAT/ACT score placement, you must complete this online checklist.
      • Visit our Writing Placement Information page to learn more!
      • Please complete the checklist BEFORE Orientation!

Language Placement Exams

At Drew, all students are required to demonstrate proficiency through the intermediate level in one foreign language. Proficiency may be demonstrated by any one of the following ways:

• Successful completion of an intermediate course (currently numbered 201) at Drew;
• A score of 680 or higher on the appropriate SAT II;
• A score of 4 or 5 on the appropriate Advanced Placement examination;
• Placement beyond the intermediate level on a Drew language placement examination as determined by the appropriate language program.

All incoming students and transfer students should take the language placement examination before registering for the fall semester. The language programs recommend that students who are continuing with a language they started in high school, do so in the first year, and that all students, even those beginning a new language, begin to work on the requirement within the first two years. If you plan to fulfill your language requirement with a language you begin at Drew, you will need to complete three semesters of the language. It is highly recommended that these three semesters be completed consecutively.

The language placement examination is offered at four different times during the academic year:

• At the Summer Orientation for incoming first-year and transfer students (in June)
• At the beginning of fall semester (in late August/September)
• During advising weeks in the fall semester (in early November)
• During advising weeks in the spring semester for first-year students not currently enrolled in a language (in early April)

The language placement examination must be taken before enrolling in the first language course at Drew.
Placement test can only be taken once, and a picture ID will be required to take it.

  • French, Italian, German, Latin, Spanish - These are online exams to be completed at June Orientation
    • French, Spanish Placement Exams:
      • These exams are required for all students, regardless if you have any prior knowledge or training of the language.
      • Special noteStudents who are heritage speakers will be notified by the Program Director for course registration after completing the placement exam.
    • Italian, German & Latin Exams:
      • These exams are only for students with some knowledge of the language. Therefore, if you have never taken Italian, German or Latin, but you would like to take Italian, German or Latin at Drew, you are not required to take the placement exam.
  • Arabic, Chinese, Russian - These exams are oral and/or written, to be completed at June Orientation
    • These placement exams are only for students with some knowledge of the language you wish you take. For example, if you have never taken Russian, but you would like to take Russian here at Drew, you are not required to take the placement exam.
    • For heritage students of Arabic, Chinese, and Russian, who do not have the reading and writing skills to take the written exam, an oral review will occur during June Orientation (Arabic and Russian) and August Orientation (Arabic, Chinese, and Russian).
      • During June Orientation, the Chinese exam will only be a written placement exam.

 Science and Math Placement Exams

  • Biology - This written exam will be administered on campus
    • This exam is only for students who meet all of the following requirements:
      1. Students who have taken the AP Biology Exam and received a 4 or 5 on the exam. If you do not yet have your Exam results, but you took the AP Biology Exam, please still take this placement test.
      2. Students who intend to major in biology or a biology-related field, and students who are seeking exemption from the biology lecture component of Biology 150.
    • Please bring a pen or pencil to take this exam; a calculator will be provided
  • Chemistry - This written exam will be administered on campus
    • This exam is for all students who plan on majoring in any of the following majors:
      • Biology, Neuroscience, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Pre-Medicine, or Pre-Health
        • This exam will place you accordingly into Chem 150 or Chem 151
        • Any student who does not take this exam, but registers for Chem 150, will be dropped from the course after the first week of class.
    • Please bring a calculator (basic, not scientific) and a pen or pencil to take this exam.
  • Math - This online exam is required for any student taking calculus.
    • This exam has been moved and will be given only at August Orientation
      • Students who plan to major in Math, Physics, Chemistry or Biochemistry are required to take calculus.