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Placement Testing Steps

Tests/Assessments to Take BEFORE Orientation

Step 1: Determine the type of test you should take

Freshman

Foreign Language Placement Tests

  • French, German, and Latin Placement Tests – Students who studied French, German or Latin in high school and are planning on continuing in that language at the College of Charleston are expected to complete an online test in that respective language.
  • Spanish – You do not take a placement test. Instead, you are placed according to the number of years of high school Spanish you have taken. You can find more information about placement testing at the Department of Hispanic Studies website.
  • Other Languages – Arrangements can also be made for individual assessment in Arabic, Chinese, Ancient Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Russian. These arrangements often need to wait until students and faculty are back on campus in August. For a placement evaluation in one of these languages, please see the contact list at the bottom of this page.

Math Placement Test

Incoming freshmen take a math placement test.  Students must complete the math placement test online at least two weeks before they attend orientation and meet with an academic advisor. Please be aware that failure to take the test before orientation will delay your registration.

You can find information about taking the test at the Mathematics department website.

Transfer students

Foreign Language Placement Tests

Transfer students with college credit in a foreign language, who wish to continue in the same language, should not take the placement exam. Transfer students should sign up for the next appropriate language course.

Placement credit from other colleges/universities is not accepted as transfer credit at the College of Charleston.

  • French, German, and Latin Placement Tests – Students who studied French, German or Latin in high school are expected to complete an online test in the respective language.
  • Spanish – If you transfer Spanish credits, you will be placed in the next sequential course. If you are not transferring Spanish credits, you will be placed in SPAN 101 Beginning Spanish, if you have never studied Spanish, or in SPAN 190 Elementary Spanish if you studied Spanish in high school. You can find more information about placement testing at the Department of Hispanic Studies website.
  • Other Languages – Arrangements can also be made for individual assessment in Arabic, Chinese, Ancient Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Russian. These arrangements often need to wait until students and faculty are back on campus in August. For a placement evaluation in one of these languages, please see the contact list at the bottom of this page.

Math Placement Test

All students take a math placement test. Students must complete the math placement test online at least two weeks before they attend orientation and meet with an academic advisor. Please be aware that failure to take the test before orientation will delay your registration.

You can find information about taking the test at the Mathematics department website.

Step 2: Directions for Placement Tests

Other Languages

Arrangements can also be made for individual assessment in Arabic, Chinese, Ancient Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Russian. These arrangements often need to wait until students and faculty are back on campus during the school year. For a placement evaluation in one of these languages, please contact:

Questions

If you have questions, please check out the FAQs.

If you still have questions after you read the FAQs, contact the Office of New Student Programs at 843.953.2017 on Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.