Please note, these exams are not required for all students, please read all descriptions below prior to taking an exam!

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.

Incoming first year students and transfer students should take the language placement examination before registering for the fall semester if you are continuing with a language you started in high school or if you speak the language at home. 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 must be taken before enrolling in the first language course at Drew if you would like to start at an advanced level (not the 100-level entry course).

All placement exams are required only if you have experience with the language and you would like to test into a higher level than the initial language course.

  • French, Italian, German, and Latin – These are online exams can be completed from anywhere, prior to your on-campus Summer Orientation attendance or Distance Orientation advisement meeting.
    • Please note, any student who places beyond the intermediate level of a language will be required to take an additional exam during August Orientation. A faculty member will confirm this additional exam with you.
  • Arabic, Chinese, Russian, and Spanish 
    • Spanish can be taken online during Summer Orientation on either June 24, 25, or 26; or at August Orientation on Friday, August 23, 2019.
    • Arabic, Chinese, and Russian are only offered during August Orientation on Friday, August 23, 2019. These exams are oral and/or written.

 Chemistry, Biology and Math Placement Exams

  • Chemistry – This online exam should be taken prior to Summer Orientation or your Distance Orientation advisement appointment.
    • This exam is for all students who plan on majoring in any of the following areas:
      • 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 have a calculator (basic, not scientific) and a pen or pencil to take this exam.
    • Chemistry Exam website
  • 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
    • This exam is only offered on campus on Friday, August 23, 2019.
  • Math – This online exam is required for any student wishing to take Math 150, Calculus and Analytic Geometry I and is available to be taken from anywhere online prior to Summer Orientation or your Distance Orientation advisement appointment. Students who plan to major in Math, Physics, Chemistry, or Biochemistry and Molecular Biology are required to take calculus.
  • Students who wish to take MATH 001, Preparation for Calculus (precalculus) can register for MATH 001 without taking the placement test.