What placement processes does DePaul University offer?
DePaul offers placement tests in the following subjects: Math, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Russian and Spanish. For Writing, a self-assessment survey is offered.
What do I need to complete?
Unless exempt (see exemption grid), all entering freshman and undergraduate transfer students will need to complete both the math and writing placement processes. These must be completed before a student can register for Orientation. The modern language tests are optional.
What are the formats?
The tests are offered online, in a timed, multiple-choice format (except for the writing test, which is a self-assessment survey asking various self-reflective questions pertaining to your writing and reading experience). Each exam/self-assessment contains additional specific instructions about the format and must be completed in one sitting within the allotted time.
Do I need to do anything to make sure my computer is ready?
Visit our Computer Requirements page to make sure your computer/browser meets the minimum requirements for the Online Placement Process.
How do I know if I am exempt from a placement process?
Check out the exemption grid to see if you are exempt in any of the subject areas. If you are exempt, the button corresponding to that placement process should be grayed out in Campus Connection.
When should I complete the placement process?
You need to complete the placement process before you can register for orientation. You can complete this process at any time, day or night.
Where do I access the placement processes?
All admitted students can access and complete the placement process at their convenience online through: Campus Connection -> For Students -> Records and Registration -> Placement Process. If you are eligible for an exam, it will automatically be made available to you (indicated by a yellow button).
How long do I have to complete the math exam?
To ensure timely placement within the appropriate course, please complete your exam as soon as possible. The math test consists of 5 sections, all of which must be completed in one sitting in order to gain full credit for the entire test. Please note that the math test MUST be completed in order to register for Orientation.
What do I do if I do not have a computer, or it does not meet the minimum requirements?
Please try to complete the placement process on a computer with a faster Internet connection, perhaps at a public library or school. If you reside close to DePaul, you may use our facilities. Please contact DePaul Central at email@example.com to reserve computer time.
What should I do if I am getting an error message when trying to complete my placements?
Please email DePaul Central at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Placement Process Error” in the subject line. In the email include your name, student ID number, and a copy of the error message you received.
When can I expect to get my results, and who should I contact?
You will go over your math and modern language placement results with an academic advisor while registering for courses at Orientation or at your first academic advising session. If you need your results before this time, please contact your college office and/or student advisor. Once you complete the writing self-assessment survey, you will need to read the course recommendations and make a tentative course selection at that time. Please note that this selection does not register you for an actual class, but indicates to your advisor the course for which you feel most prepared. Once you meet with your advisor, you will have the opportunity to discuss this course selection and make any necessary changes.
Are alternative testing arrangements available for students with learning disabilities or physical or mental impairments?
Yes, please visit Placement Process Information for Students with Disabilities for more information.
What if I do not complete the placement process?
Either completion or exemption from the math and writing placement processes is necessary to register for Orientation. You will be unable to register for Orientation until these are completed.
Who should I contact to find out how my student did in the placement process(es)?
Due to FERPA regulations, please have your student contact their undergraduate college office and/or academic advisor to inquire about their placement results.
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