Placement exam results are used to place students in courses appropriate to their skill level. All required exams must be completed prior to meeting with an advisor to register for classes or attending New Student Orientation.
Math Exam (ALEKS)
The mathematics exam (ALEKS) is administered online.
Most students are required to take ALEKS. However, you are waived if:
- You have transferred in a math course from another college or university that is equivalent to a 100-level or above math course at IU South Bend;
- You took an IU South Bend math course as a high school student and received college credit for it;
- You received a passing score on an Advanced Placement (AP) exam.
- You took ALEKS at another college or university within a year.
The English exam is taken online via the Canvas system. You will have 75 minutes to write an essay on one of two essay prompts provided.
Most students are required to take the English exam. You are waived if:
- You have transferred in the equivalent of IU South Bend course ENG-W131 from another college or university.
- You took ENG-W131 as a high school student and received credit for it.
- You received a score of 4 or above on the Advance Placement (AP) exam for English composition.
Students may take the English Placement Exam up to three times per testing session, provided they have not already enrolled in a First-Year Writing class. The Fall testing session runs from mid-October through early January and the Spring/Summer session runs from early March through late August. Once a student has enrolled in a First-Year Writing class, that signifies acceptance of the placement score, and he or she may not retake the placement exam.
Note: students will also do a diagnostic writing exercise on the first day of their First-Year Writing class, at which point the instructor will either confirm the accuracy of the placement or recommend moving the student to the appropriate level.
Chemistry Placement Exam
- Am I required to take this exam?
No. This exam is not mandatory. If you plan to take either CHEM-C102 (required for many health sciences majors*) or CHEM-C105 (required for most science majors*), and you have not yet completed CHEM-C101 or CHEM-C121, then you should consider taking the Chemistry Placement Exam if you did well in a recent high school chemistry course. Please talk with your academic adviser if you are uncertain whether you should take this exam.
*The following health sciences and science majors require CHEM-C102 or CHEM-C105:
Clinical Lab Sciences
Physics (applied track)
- How can this exam help me?
Passing the Chemistry Placement Exam allows you to bypass the chemistry prerequisites for CHEM-C102 and CHEM-C105. The Chemistry Placement Exam does not allow you to bypass other prerequisites such as MATH-M107.
- Where and when do I take this exam?
The Chemistry Placement Exam is administered online through ALEKS (there is a fee of around $30 payable directly to ALEKS*). The exam may be taken at any time of day on any computer with internet access. It should be completed prior to attending New Student Orientation, when you register for classes. You have several weeks of access to ALEKS from the day you register for it. At the time of this posting there are 6-week options available for $25 and 11-week options available for $35.
*Access charged to your student account may also be available through the IU South Bend Bookstore. Please contact the bookstore for availability.
- Is this related to the ALEKS Math exam?
No. The Chemistry Placement Exam and the Mathematics Placement Exam are separate exams even though they are both administered through an ALEKS system.
World Language Studies
Students who have studied French, German, Japanese, and/or Spanish are encouraged to take the World Language Studies exam for placement purposes.Take the World Language Studies Exam
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