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Accurate course placement is vital to your academic success at Knox. Research shows that students who begin their college study at the appropriate level enjoy greater progress and achievement.

Knox offers placement exams in mathematics, foreign languages, and chemistry. These short online exams help us ensure that you're enrolled in the level appropriate for your skills. Please take your exam(s) as soon as possible. Go to your student portal to take the placement exams.

Math Placement Exam

To assist you in selecting the appropriate courses, the Mathematics Department will make a recommendation based on your academic records and results of your online placement exam. If you have Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, A-level, or transfer credit in calculus, you do not need to take the exam. For all others, even if you do not currently think you will take any math courses at Knox, you should take this exam. It will help you and your advisor to know where to begin should you later find it desirable or necessary to take math courses. Questions? Contact Professor of Mathematics Kevin Hastings or Associate Professor of Mathematics Andrew Leahy.

Second Language Placement Exam

Did you study French, German, or Spanish in high school or earlier? Have you had significant exposure to the language by living abroad or having parents who speak the language? If so, you will need to take the placement exam in each language you have taken in the past, whether or not you intend at this point to take that language at Knox. If you have studied Japanese, Greek, Latin, or Chinese, you do not need to take an online exam. However, you should notify your advisor of this during orientation for appropriate course placement. Questions? Contact Associate Professor of Modern Languages Jerry Miner.

Here are a few other things to know about the Second Language Placement Exam:

If I do well on the foreign language placement exam, can I pass out of the language requirement?
No. We use your score to recommend where you should begin your language study at Knox. The placement exam does not grant exemptions to the language requirement or award course credit.

I've never studied a foreign language, but I plan to study one at Knox. Do I need to take an exam?
No. Tell your advisor of your plans when you meet at orientation.

I have AP credit for a foreign language. Do I need to take a placement exam?
If you earned a three or higher in a foreign language, you do not need to take the Knox placement examination in that language. But if you have had work in a second language and do not have an AP score in that language, take the exam for your second language.

I'm a native speaker of another language. Do I need to take a placement exam?
If you are a native speaker of a language other than English, please contact the Contact Associate Professor of Modern Languages Jerry Miner about receiving an exemption from the foreign language requirement at Knox. If, in addition, you have studied a language we teach at Knox (French, German, Spanish, Latin, or Greek), take the placement exam anyway. A score may prove valuable in the future.

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Printed on Monday, April 23, 2018