Placement Testing Information

This information is designed to assist you in determining placement testing requirements.

 

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 Assessment

Students interested in taking a foreign language can register for SPAN 101 or FR 101 without taking the Foreign Language Assessment. However, if students with previous experience in a language are interested in taking an upper-level foreign language course, this online assessment recommends the level of course that will match the student’s proficiency.

For more information, please see the FAQs below and contact the Office of English and Foreign Languages with any further questions at mjohnson@lander.edu, LC 322, or 864-388-8265.

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Do I need to take the Foreign Language Assessment?

This depends on the level and your proficiency. Please see below for examples of common situations:

  • If you are a student who is interested in registering for SPAN 101 or FR 101?
    • No
  • If you are a student who has experience in Spanish or French and is interested in confirming if your recommended placement is above 101?
    • Yes, if you are interested in taking an upper-level foreign language course, this online assessment recommends the level of course that will match the student’s proficiency. Please take the Foreign Language Assessment.
  • If you are a transfer student who has passed (with at least a “C”) modern foreign language courses at another regionally accredited college or university?
    • No, unless you are interested in taking an upper-level foreign language course in a different language than the language of your transfer course, you do not need to take the Foreign Language Assessment. Please confirm with the Office of Admissions and the Registrar’s Office that the transcript(s) for past universities are received and processed.

  • If you are an international student who is interested in taking upper-level courses in your native tongue?
    • Please contact the Office of English and Foreign Languages to determine if you are eligible for a registration waiver.
  • If you are a student who speaks Spanish at home and/or considers Spanish as one of your first languages, so you may be interested in SPAN 205, Hispanic World for Heritage Speakers?
    • Please contact the Office of English and Foreign Languages to determine if you are eligible for a registration waiver.
  • If you are a student bringing in AP, IB, and CLEP scores in a foreign language?
    • Please consult with the Admissions Office and/or the Registrar’s Office to confirm credit for foreign language. Then, contact the Office of English and Foreign Languages to determine if it is recommended that you take the Foreign Language Assessment.
How do I take the Foreign Language Assessment?

Follow the instructions here.

How do I interpret what my foreign language placement score means?

Please follow the guidelines here.

Students will receive their test score on Blackboard immediately after completing the Foreign Language Placement Assessment. Please use this score on Blackboard and/or the placement score on MyLander when referencing the guideline above.

Students may access their placement codes as follows 5-7 days after completing assessment:

  1. Login to MyLander.
  2. Under Bearcat Web click “Student.”
  3. Click “Student Records.”
  4. Click “Student Test Scores.”
  5. View the Placement Test Score. See the text at the top of the screen for an explanation of the foreign language placement policy.
  6. During your next registration date, register for the appropriate level of foreign language according to placement test results.
  7. Contact the Office of English & Foreign Languages at mjohnson@lander.edu or visit LC 322 if you have any questions. 
What are the foreign language requirements for students under the Fall 2018 and Fall 2019 catalogs?

Students who began their first semester at Lander in Fall 2018 or Fall 2019 are required to do the following:

  • Take the Foreign Language Assessment if interested in upper-level foreign language courses. This online assessment recommends the level of course that will match the student’s proficiency.  Students who desire to register for SPAN 101 or FR 101 may register without taking the Foreign Language Assessment.
  • Pass an approved three (3) credit-hour college-level foreign language course based on placement test results.     

NOTE:  Students whose major requires more than three (3) hours of foreign language must pass both University required foreign language classes and those language classes required in respective majors.

What should I do if I have any questions about my foreign language placement?

Please contact the Office of English & Foreign Languages at mjohnson@lander.edu, 864-388-8265, or visit LC 322 if you have any questions. 

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 (Calculus 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

See accepted CLEP tests and course equivalencies (PDF).