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 Testing

Beginning Fall 2018, students must take a placement test to register for a required foreign language course. To register for the next foreign language placement exam, complete the registration form.

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

What are the foreign language requirements for students under the Fall 2018 catalog?

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

  • Take a foreign language placement exam.
  • 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 are the foreign language requirements for students changing to the Fall 2018 catalog?

Students changing to the Fall 2018 catalog should choose one of the following three options:

Option 1 : Students may choose to use their original  foreign language placement level from the year they were admitted to Lander. (For instructions for viewing placement level, please see the answer to question 8 below.)

After switching catalogs, students must pass an approved three (3) credit-hour foreign language course corresponding to 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.

 

Option 2: Students may take the foreign language placement exam.

 After switching catalogs and taking the placement exam, students must pass an approved three (3) credit-hour foreign language course corresponding to 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.

 

Option 3: Students with questions about foreign language placement levels, should contact the Office of English & Foreign Languages at mjohnson@lander.edu, LC 322, or 864-388-8265 for assistance.

What are the foreign language requirements for students with a catalog year prior to Fall 2018?

Prior to the Fall 2018 catalog, students are required to demonstrate 102 level competency of a foreign language.Students should follow the General Education guidelines and foreign language placement policies received upon admission to Lander University.

NOTE:  Students whose major requires additional foreign language must pass both University required foreign language classes and those language classes required in respective majors.

Who needs to take a Foreign Language Placement Exam?

All students who are new to Lander University in Fall 2018 and subsequent semesters are required to take a foreign language placement test.

Students seeking a second bachelor’s degree are not required to take a foreign language, and therefore, are not required to take the foreign language placement test. 

Students who switch to the Fall 2018 catalog may choose to take a foreign language placement test if they would like to change catalogs.Contact the Office of English & Foreign Languages at mjohnson@lander.edu, LC 322, or 864-388-8265 if there are questions.

How frequently are foreign language placement exams offered, and how are students notified?

Foreign language placement exams will be offered during Freshman Orientation sessions, during Transfer Student Orientation, once in October, and once in February. The Office of Orientation will coordinate registration for Freshman Orientation. The Office of English & Foreign Languages will announce other foreign language placement exam times via email.

What is the process of the foreign language placement exam?

The process of the foreign language placement exam is as follows:

  1. Students register on the Academic Success Center’s webpage (Foreign Language button at the bottom of the page).
  2. On the test date, students should bring a number 2 pencil, and arrive at the testing site ten minutes early.  Spanish and French placement tests will be offered in different rooms.
  3. The Office of English & Foreign Languages will review the test data and determine placement scores.  This process takes 3-7 days. 
What additional steps should students take if they have testing accommodations for the foreign language placement exam?

Prior to the test date, students with testing accommodations should contact the Office of English & Foreign Languages at mjohnson@lander.edu, LC 322, or 864-388-8265.  

How do students confirm their foreign language placement?

Scores are posted on student’s My Lander account 3-7 days after the placement exam.

Students may access their placement scores as follows:

  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, LC 322, or 864-388-8265 if you have any questions. 
What should students do if they think their placement level is incorrect?

Students should contact the Office of English & Foreign Languages at mjohnson@lander.edu, LC 322, or 864-388-8265.

What should students do if they have never taken the specific foreign language they want to take at Lander University?

Contact the Office of English & Foreign Languages at mjohnson@lander.edu, LC 322, or 864-388-8265 for assistance.

What steps should students take if they are exempt from taking foreign language due to a medical reason?

Students should contact the Wellness Center to determine what documentation is required. After the required documentation is submitted, students should contact the Office of English & Foreign Languages at mjohnson@lander.edu, LC 322, or 864-388-8265.

What steps should students take if English is their second language?

Contact the Office of English & Foreign Languages at mjohnson@lander.edu, LC 322, or 864-388-8265 for assistance.

What if a student brings in satisfactory Spanish or French AP, IB, or CLEP credit?

AP, IB, or CLEP scores are automatically processed by the Registrar’s Office when received.

If transfer credit is not on students’ degree evaluation, students should confirm the following:

  1. The student has ordered the scores to be delivered to Lander University;
  2. The Registrar’s Office has received the student’s AP, IB, or CLEP scores; and
  3. The student’s APIB, or CLEP scores are satisfactory to be counted as transfer credit.

If the student plans to continue foreign language study at Lander University, contact the Office of English and Foreign Languages at mjohnson@lander.edu, LC 322, or 864-388-8265, as satisfactory AP scores do not guarantee a student’s success in upper-level foreign language courses.

What if the student brings in satisfactory AP, IB, or CLEP credit for a language that is not offered at Lander University?

AP, IB, or CLEP scores are automatically processed by the Registrar’s Office when received.

If transfer credit is not on students’ degree evaluation, students should confirm the following:

  1. The student has ordered the scores to be delivered to Lander University;
  2. The Registrar’s Office has received the student’s AP, IB, or CLEP scores; and
  3. The student’s APIB, or CLEP scores are satisfactory to be counted as transfer credit.

If the student plans to continue foreign language study at Lander University, contact the Office of English and Foreign Languages at mjohnson@lander.edu, LC 322, or 864-388-8265 for information regarding foreign language placement.

What should students do if they previously took a college-level foreign language course that Lander does not offer?

The student should submit a completed Course Substitution Appeal form to petition to have the course meet Lander’s foreign language requirement. A syllabi or course description of the course should be included with the Course Substitution Appeal.

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).