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Reminder 1: all placement exams should be taken on Blackboard and need to be completed by 6/2/14, note that Blackboard will be unavailable 6/1/14.

Reminder 2: advising cannot take place without the completion of these exams.

English Placement

  • When a first-year student takes the English placement exam, the essay is reviewed by the English department.
  • If you submitted the exam correctly on the Blackboard site you will see a grade of “0” in the blackboard gradebook. This does not mean you earned a “0”. It means the exam has been received and it is being reviewed for your placement.
  • After review the student is placed in one of two courses: ENG 1002 or ENG 1101.
  • Your English placement results will be posted in the Archway for you and your advisor to see when you log into Archway (look under “test summary”).
  • If you place in English 1002, it MUST be taken in the Fall semester. It is only offered one time per year.
  • If you are placed into ENG 1101 you can take it in the Fall OR the Spring. 

Math Placement

  • The Mathematics and Computer Science Department strongly encourages all students to take the Mathematics Placement Tests online prior to the June 1 deadline, so that placement results are available before students work with academic advisors to prepare their Fall course schedules. This timing will allow the student the widest array of opportunities in their Fall schedule, in both mathematics and additional disciplines. After June 1, log into the Archway, go to “Student Menu” and click on “Test Summary” to review your math course placement.
  • Additional opportunities for taking the Placement Tests will occur online in July (July 14-25), and in-person during October and March. Students who wish to re-take the Tests in the hope of achieving a higher placement may do so, though no student may take the Mathematics Placement Tests more than three times during their McDaniel career, and all attempts must occur during the student's first two years at McDaniel. As an alternative to re-taking the Tests, students who might benefit from more structured skill-building in mathematics may choose to register for the non-credit courses MAT 1001 (arithmetic) and/or MAT 1002 (algebra). Successful completion of either of these courses achieves the corresponding mathematics placement. Alternative methods for mathematics placement, including a portfolio review, are available by request. Please contact the Director of Mathematics Placement for information.
  • Click the chart below to find out what your scores mean.

Second Language

  • You should take the language exam in the language you studied in high school, even if starting a new language at McDaniel.
  • When a first-year student takes the language placement exam and submits online in blackboard the grade is received and posted in the gradebook online.
  • The raw scores for each of the parts of the language placement exam will be posted in the gradebook in Blackboard and also in the Archway for you and your advisor to see when you log in (look under “test summary”).
  • There is follow up testing during orientation for students who place above the 2211 level for any language. This advanced testing is required and MAY CHANGE YOUR ULTIMATE PLACEMENT IN A COURSE.
  • Please refer to the chart below for the course you will be placed in based on your exam score.
PLACED INTO SCORED
FRENCH  
FRE 1101 00 – 20
FRE 1103 21 – 34
FRE 2100 or 2200-level courses 35 – 42
FRE 2500 to 2900-level courses 43 – 52 (= SL Fulfilled)
FRE 3000-level courses 53 – (=SL Fulfilled)
GERMAN  
GER 1101 00 – 20
GER 1102 21 – 40
GER 2211 41 – 60
GER 2212 / 2221 61 – 80 (+SL Fulfilled)
GER 3000-level courses 81 – (=SL Fulfilled)
SPANISH  
SPA 1101 00 – 29
SPA 1102 30 – 39
SPA 2211 40 – 49
SPA 2212 50 – 54 (=SL Fulfilled)
SPA 2230 (Fall or Spring) 55 – 59 (=SL Fulfilled)
SPA 3303/3309 60 – (=SL Fulfilled)
 
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