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Fall Placement

As an incoming freshman, you are required to take the placement exams, which are predetermined by major. To see which exams you are required to complete, log into Blackboard Learn (recommended). In the center column you will see a channel called "My Courses." Beginning on May 6, your exams will be listed in this area. Alternatively, you can refer to the Placement Exams Crosswalk for a full listing of exam requirements.

Your performance on the placement exams will assist your academic advisor in creating your Fall schedule. Below, you’ll find a brief explanation of the potential placement outcomes for each exam.

CALCULUS EXAM

Depending on your previous academic criteria, your placement exam performance, and your major’s curriculum, taking this exam will place you into one of the following courses in the Fall:

  • MATH 121, Calculus I
  • MATH 110, Pre-Calculus
  • MATH 101, Introduction to Analysis
    (CoAS Majors: BIO, ENVS, GEO, Undecided)
  • MATH 100, Fundamentals to Mathematics
    (CoAS Majors: BIO, ENVS, GEO, Undecided)

Please note: While AP scores will also be taken into consideration as your Fall schedule is developed, they are not a substitute for the placement exams. You may be eligible for alternative courses but will require a "course override" with the help of your academic advisor.

For more information regarding the content of this exam, please visit the Department of Mathematics placement exam page.

The Calculus placement exam will also determine your course placement into Physics (if Physics is a requirement of your major). Taking this exam will place you into one of the following courses in the Fall:

  • PHYS 101, Fundamentals of Physics
  • PHYS 100, Preparation for Engineering Studies

Math Analysis Exam

Depending on your previous academic criteria, your placement exam performance, and your major’s curriculum, taking this exam will place you into one of the following:

  • MATH 101, Introduction to Analysis
  • MATH 100, Fundamentals of Mathematics

Please note: While AP scores will also be taken into consideration as your Fall schedule is developed, they are not a substitute for the placement exams. You may be eligible for alternative courses but will require a “course override” through the help of your academic advisor.

For more information regarding the content of the exam, please visit the Department of Mathematics placement exam page.

Math Nursing Exam

This exam is for Nursing students only. Depending on your previous academic criteria, your placement exam performance, and your major’s curriculum, taking this exam will place you into one of the following:

  • MATH 108, Mathematics for Nursing Professionals
  • MATH 100, Fundamentals of Mathematics

Your performance will be individually reviewed. Please check with your college regarding your results.

For more information regarding the content of the exam, please visit the Department of Mathematics placement exam page.

Chemistry Exam

Depending on your previous academic criteria, your placement exam performance, and your major’s curriculum, taking this exam will place you into one of the following:

  • CHEM 121 (Chemistry Majors Only)
  • CHEM 101, General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 111, General Chemistry I

Please note: While AP scores will also be taken into consideration as your Fall schedule is developed, they are not a substitute for the placement exams. You may be eligible for alternative courses but will require a “course override” through the help of your academic advisor.

For more information regarding the content of this exam, please visit the Department of Chemistry placement exam page.

Modern Language Exam

Depending on your placement exam performance and your major’s curriculum, taking a French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish or other Language exam will place you into one of the following course levels:

  • 101, Level I
  • 102, Level II
  • 103, Level III
  • 201, Level IV
  • 202, Level V
  • 203, Level VI: Conversation & Comprehension
  • 301, Level VII
  • 302, Level VIII
  • 303, Level IX
  • 311, Intoduction to Stylistics
  • 312, Stylistics
  • 332, Studies in Literature
  • 400

Please note: If your major does not require a Modern Language course, but you wish to enroll into one this Fall, please contact the Modern Languages Department at wmv23@drexel.edu or 215-895-6147 to register for the exam.

For more information regarding the content of a Modern Language exam, please visit the Department of Culture & Communication placement exam page.

Informatics Exam

This exam is for Informatics, Information Systems, & Information Technology majors only. Depending on your placement exam performance and your major’s curriculum, taking this exam will place you into one of the following:

  • INFO 151, Web Systems and Services
  • INFO 108, Foundations of Software

Engineering Exam

This exam is for College of Engineering students only. Depending on your placement exam performance and your major’s curriculum, taking this exam may or may not place you into the following:

  • ENGR 180 ST:Spatial Visualization Development