Math Placement

Before registering for some classes, certain majors require students to take the math placement exam or alternative to determine the correct courses to take in the fall.

There are several ways to determine math placement:

  1. The math placement exam is the primary method to determine this. SUMMER 2024: The math placement exam is currently being revised. If you will need to take the exam, you will receive information on how to do so later in the summer.
  2. AP, IB, and dual enrollment credits can give transfer credit that will determine what level of calculus you should take.

In general, if you are a STEM, business, or economics major, you likely will need to take the math placement exam or alternative. Note that math placement is not a prerequisite for every math class. To be certain if you need to take the math placement exam or alternative and to determine what courses you should enroll in, find your major on the First-Year Course Advice webpage and consult with your Academic and Career Advisor.

 

Language Placement

As part of the graduation requirements, many majors require students to become proficient in a foreign language through the intermediate level. Generally, we recommend that students begin or continue their study of language their first semester. If you have experience with a foreign language, you will need to determine what level language course you should take. 

There are several ways to determine language placement, depending on the language and your experience with it:

  1. For modern languages taught at Catholic University (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Irish, Italian, and Spanish), information on the placement tests can be found on the modern language placement information webpage.
  2. If you are a Spanish heritage speaker, there is a separate heritage speaker placement test. If you are unsure if you are a heritage speaker or not, consult the heritage speaker webpage
  3. For Greek and Latin language placement, information on those exams can be found on the Greek and Latin placement webpage.
  4. AP, IB, and dual enrollment credits can provide placement or provide transfer credit that will determine what level of language you should take.
  5. If you have experience with a language not taught at Catholic University, consult with your Academic and Career Advisor.

In general, if you are pursuing Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science major, you likely have to complete the language requirement. To be certain if you need to take language placement exam, and to determine what courses you should enroll in, find your major on the First-Year Course Advice webpage and consult with your Academic and Career Advisor.