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Placement Tests

At the SOAR program, you will take two of the following placement tests: Modern Foreign Language, English or Math. Students needing to take all three placement exams will receive an email from the Academic Advising Department with information on how to schedule your third exam. The tests are described below. 

If you are a student with a documented disability requiring testing accommodations, please contact the Dean of Students Office at (708) 524-6822.

Modern Foreign Language

Sign up to take the placement test in the language you studied in high school (French, German, Italian or Spanish). If you are a heritage speaker, sign up to take the exam of your native language. The test will determine your level of proficiency in order to place you in the appropriate course. The test consists of grammar and reading exercises.

You can choose to study a different language when you meet with your advisor. If you would like to take a placement exam in more than one language, arrangements can be made through your advisor.

All students must study a language and its culture to fulfill the university's language foundation requirement. The placement exams we offer during SOAR are French, German, Italian, Polish and Spanish. There is a $50 fee for the Polish exam.

If you place at the intermediate level (or above) on the language placement exam, you have met this requirement. Students who meet the requirement by way of the placement exam are encouraged to continue their language studies since multilingual graduates have a competitive edge in most of today’s professions.

If you place at the elementary level you may take a course in the language you have studied previously, you are also free to begin the study of a new language.

You may take a placement exam in more than one language; arrangements can be made with your advisor. Heritage speakers of a language may choose to take the exam of the language most familiar to them or spoken at home. Also, if you have studied a language that Dominican University does not offer, you may take an independently administered proficiency test (for a fee) and, depending on the results, fulfill the language foundation requirement in this way.

If you are a heritage speaker of Spanish, there are courses available that are specifically designed with you in mind. These courses develop fluency and include a survey of U.S. Latino culture and identity.

If you did not take a foreign language in high school, please select “None” on the registration form.

For more information about the modern foreign language requirement or placement test, please contact Rosary College of Arts and Sciences at (708) 524-6814.

English/Writing

You will have 60 minutes in which to write an essay in response to an assigned topic, making use of two short articles as sources. Both the assignment and the articles are provided at the time of the exam, along with a set of guidelines for citing the source articles.

Following are the possible English placements:

• English 090/100/101/102 Students whose writing indicates that they need instruction in English grammar, syntax, and vocabulary as well as instruction in reading and writing in English are placed into this sequence. English 090 can be taken repeatedly until a student is ready to enter into the English 100/101/102 sequence. 

• English 100/101/102 Students whose writing indicates that they need additional instruction in the conventions of essay writing or in English syntax and vocabulary are placed into this sequence. Students who pass English 100 enroll in English 101 and English 102 to complete the college's writing requirement. Students whose writing indicates that they need additional support in order to pass English 100 are also placed into English 103 (see description below).

• English 101/102 Students whose writing indicates that they need two semesters of writing instruction are placed into this sequence. Students who pass English 101 may then take English 102 to complete the college’s writing requirement. Students whose writing indicates that they need additional support to pass English 101 may be placed in English 103 (see description below).

• English 102 Students whose writing indicates that they are ready for the level of writing and reading required in English 102 are placed directly into this course. Passing English 102 with a grade of C- or better fulfills the college’s writing requirement.

• English 103 English 103 is a one-credit-hour, pass/fail writing tutorial taught by an instructor of English. Students enroll in English 103 in conjunction with English 100 or English 101 based on their placement tests. In addition, students who earn a D in English 100 or English 101 will be required to take English 103 along with the next course in the composition sequence.

Students with very advanced writing skills may place out of the sequence.

Academic Integrity Statement

Students of Dominican University must conduct themselves in accordance with the highest standards of academic honesty and integrity. Failure to maintain academic integrity is detrimental to the values of Dominican, which prepares students to pursue truth and participate in the creation of a more just and humane world. All members of the Dominican community share the responsibility for creating the conditions of truth and justice. Therefore, any instance of academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. You must take this online placement exam without any assistance and to the best of your ability. By taking the exam, you have agreed to these conditions. Individuals who are found to have committed academic dishonesty will be sanctioned; the highest penalty for academic dishonesty is academic dismissal.

For more information about the English writing requirement or placement test, please contact Sheila Bauer-Gatsos, Director of Composition, at  (708) 524-6547 or sbauergatsos@dom.edu

Math

You will have 60 minutes to complete a test including all aspects of high school math except calculus. The test will include 36 multiple-choice questions. You are not allowed to use a calculator; scratch paper will be provided for you to work out the problems. Please bring a pencil with you for the test.

For more information about the Mathematics requirement or placement test, please contact Marion Weedermann, chair and professor of mathematics, at (708) 524-6514 or mweederm@dom.edu.