What do my scores mean?

Reminder 1: All placement exams should be taken on Blackboard.

Reminder 2: Placement exam results are very important so your advisor can advise you appropriately.

English Placement

  • When a first-year student takes the English placement exam, the essay is reviewed by the English department.
  • 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 to allow the student the widest array of opportunities in their schedule, in both mathematics and additional disciplines. If you are planning a major and minor in math or a related discipline, you should take the math placement exams in the summer before you complete advising and class registration.
  • To view placement results, 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 in August and October. 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 Chair of the Math department for more information (Dr. Hamblen: shamblen@mcdaniel.edu).
  • Click the chart below to find out what your scores mean.
    Math Placement Chart

Second Language

  • You should take the language exam in the language you studied in high school, even if starting a new language at McDaniel.
  • If you studied ASL, Latin, Arabic or Chinese in high school and want to continue that language at McDaniel, you will test in person during orientation (and NOT on Blackboard) in August. Please email the First Year Team atfirstyearteam@mcdaniel.edu if this applies to you.
  • When a 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 the COURSE PLACEMENT will be in Archway for you and your advisor to see when you log in (look under “test summary” in the Registrar’s Office section of the student menu).
  • There is follow up testing for students who place at or above the 2100 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. (REV 2/1/17)
Language Placed into Score
  FRE 1101 00 – 22
  FRE 1103 23 – 36
  FRE 2100 or 2200-level courses 37 – 45 (= SL Fulfilled) 
  FRE 2500 to 2900-level courses 46 – 54 (= SL Fulfilled)
  FRE 3000-level courses 55 – (= SL Fulfilled)
  GER 1101 00 – 20
  GER 1102 21 – 40
  GER 2211 41 – 55 (= SL Fulfilled) 
  GER 2212/2221 56 – 70 (= SL Fulfilled)
  GER 3000-level course 71 – 100 (= SL Fulfilled)
  SPA 1101 00 – 6
  SPA 1102 7 – 12
  SPA 2211 13 – 20 (= SL Fulfilled) 
  SPA 2212 21 – 27 (= SL Fulfilled)
  SPA 2230 28 – 37 (= SL Fulfilled)
  SPA 3303/3309 38 – 46 (= SL Fulfilled)