Determining placement testing needs for FRESHMEN:
Math placement testing needs are determined by a student’s individual SAT and/or ACT scores.
Students are required to take math placement testing if they score below 500 on the SAT math score or below 19 on the ACT math score.
Students who are not required to complete math placement testing will be placed into a math course based on their major and individual math score on the SAT/ACT.
Writing and reading comprehension placement testing needs are determined by a student’s individual SAT and/or ACT scores.
Students are required to take writing and reading comprehension placement testing if they score below 530 on the SAT reading score or below 19 on the ACT reading score.
Students who are not required to complete writing placement testing will start in ENG 101: English Composition if credit has not already been awarded by means of AP, IB, or dual credit.
Students who supply proof of enrollment in a dual credit course that is an ENG101: English Composition equivalent may be exempted from the writing placement test, but are still required to take the reading comprehension placement test if indicated by their SAT/ACT score.
Foreign language placement testing is determined by the language taken in the student’s high school.
Students who have taken French, German, Latin, or Spanish will be required to complete foreign language placement testing at Marian University. However, if the grades on the high school transcript are low, testing may not be required.
Determining placement testing needs for TRANSFER STUDENTS:
Transfer students with 30 or fewer transfer credit hours will be required to complete math, writing, and reading comprehension placement testing unless they have equivalent transfer coursework which would fulfill these requirements. Transfer students with 30 or more transfer credit hours are not required to complete any placement testing.
Foreign language placement testing is not a required for any transfer student, though students are encouraged to speak with their academic advisor regarding the foreign language placement exam if they have any previous experiences speaking French, German, Latin, or Spanish.
Testing Dates and Times
Math and writing placement testing are completed online through CANVAS, the institution's learning management system. Students required to take these tests will receive instructions via email, three to four weeks prior to SOAR or withing three business days if registering for SOAR after that time.
The reading comprehension and foreign language placement tests will be completed at SOAR.