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First-Year Placement Testing


English

Our English placement is individualized. Incoming students who need to take the online English assessment will be contacted by the English Department. This online assessment consists of a written essay to assess grammatical knowledge, writing ability and readiness for freshman composition (ENG-111 Principles of Writing). English course placement is based on an evaluation of the English assessment results and SAT/ACT scores. Placement information for students entering in August, 2019.

Foreign Language

Meredith's general education curriculum requires language study through the third semester (205 level). Students who have studied Spanish or French MUST take an online assessment test to determine placement in the most appropriate level of study. Results may indicate that a student has already met the general education requirement in foreign language. Students who studied a language other than Spanish or French and would like to continue studies in that language should contact Veronique Machelidon, department head of Foreign Languages and Literatures.  Placement information for students entering in August, 2019.

Mathematics

Students are required to take a course to build knowledge and skills in data analysis, abstract reasoning and problem solving; thus, all students must take either statistics or calculus for the General Education Mathematics requirement.

Students who have prior Calculus coursework:
If a student has previously taken a Calculus course, she is strongly encouraged to continue taking Calculus. She will receive a Calculus course recommendation based on the information she submitted on her StartStrong registration form.

Students who plan to major in Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, or Computer Science:
Certain majors require a student to take Calculus. These include mathematics (BA and BS degrees), chemistry (BA and BS degrees), biology (BS degree), and computer science (BS degree). A student who has not previously taken a Calculus course should use the placement chart below to determine if she has the background to begin in Calculus or if she needs a prerequisite course prior to taking Calculus.

A student may fulfill the General Education Mathematics requirement by taking

  • MAT 181 Integrated Precalculus/Calculus B
     OR
  • MAT 191 Calculus I

There are prerequisites for MAT 181 and MAT 191. MAT 170 or MAT 180 fulfills the General Education Natural Science, Mathematics, and Computer Science elective requirement, but it does not fulfill the Mathematics requirement in General Education.

Students not planning to major in Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, or Computer Science

  • MAT 175 Statistics I fulfills the General Education Mathematics requirement. There is no prerequisite for MAT 175.
  • MAT 130 is an option for any student who is not planning to take Calculus. The three credit hour course fulfills the General Education Math/CS/Natural Science elective requirement, but it does not fulfill the Mathematics requirement in General Education. The course is strongly recommended prior to MAT 175 for any student with a D in her last high school mathematics class.

Additional Placement Tests

Appointments for placement testing or portfolio reviews in other subjects should be made through the dean of that particular school.


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