Testing Information

Placement Testing Information

This information is designed to assist you in determining which Mathematics Assessment tools you should complete or if you are exempted from this requirement.

Mathematics Skill Requirements:

You must take the Mathematics Skills Assessment if:

  • You are an entering freshman
  • You are a Transfer student and you are not transferring in a mathematics course from another institution that is equivalent to one offered at Lander

You must take the Pre-calculus Assessment if:

  • You will be a mathematics major at Lander
  • You are entering one of the three Dual-Degree Engineering programs with Clemson University through a Mathematics, Computer Information Systems, or Chemistry major at Lander
  • You would like to take Calculus to satisfy your General Education mathematics requirement

Foreign Language Placement Policy

Incoming students who have studied French or Spanish before and wish to continue their studies must take the French or the Spanish Placement Test, administered prior to and during summer Orientation. Incoming students who wish to study a language they have not studied previously may enroll in the 101 level of that language.


  1. Readmitted students who have previously been placed in a foreign language class.
  2. Transfer students who have passed (with at least a “C”) a modern foreign language course at other regionally accredited colleges and universities.
  3. Students seeking a second bachelor’s degree.
  4. Foreign students for whom English is a second language are exempt from the General Education requirement. International students may take upper-level courses in their native tongue but must be interviewed by a Foreign Language faculty member first.
  5. Non-Academic Learning Experience: Students who have acquired familiarity with Spanish or French while living or traveling abroad for an extended period of time should schedule an interview with a Foreign Language faculty member before enrolling in a foreign language class in order to determine placement.

Foreign Language (0-6 credit hours)

  • CHIN 101 and 102
  • CHIN 102
  • FR 101 and 102
  • FR 102
  • PORT 101 and 102
  • PORT 102
  • SPAN 101 and 102
  • SPAN 102

Foreign Language Placement Codes

IFLS=Spanish, IFLF=French, IFLO=foreign language other

  • 01 = Language 101 (followed by 102 in the same language)
  • 03 = Passed General Education Requirement (must take 6 hrs. of electives for graduation)
  • 06 = Language 102 – continuation of Language 101 (must take 3 hrs. of electives for graduation)
  • 05 = English is a second language so student is exempt from the test and the requirement (must take 6 hrs. of electives for graduation)

Math Placement Scores

Initial Math (IMATH) and Initial Pre-Calculus (IPCA)

  • IMATH = Less than 11 – Math Tutor Recommended
  • IPCA = Less than 13 – Math 114 recommended prior to taking Math 141 (Calc I)

English Validation Essay

Students who have scored 680 or higher on their SAT Verbal or 30 or higher on the ACT English are eligible to take the English validation Essay. This is a two-hour essay which is scored by the English faculty. Students will earn ENGL 101 credit with a passing score on this essay.

Students should go to the Academic Success Center located in Genesis Hall to schedule an appointment for this exam.

Placement Test Instructions and Score Interpretations

Please click on the following links for more information.

CLEP Testing Information

CLEP is a national system of credit-by-credit-examination. The program includes a variety of subject examinations which may substitute for specific Lander courses. Students earning passing scores, as indicated below, will receive credit for the following courses upon the submission of an official score report to the Registrar’s Office. Lander students should consult with their academic advisor and submit a Coursework Approval Form prior to taking the examination. For more information regarding CLEP, please visit clep.collegeboard.org

For accepted CLEP tests and course equivalencies click HERE.