Placement Exams

How do I know if I am required to take a placement exam?

Placement exam requirements may be based on the student's choice of major and/or program and/or ACT or SAT scores. Placement exam results do not bear credit. The score determines the level of the course for which the student may register.

Mathematics Placement—ALEKS for Math (For registration in Pre-Calculus or Calculus) New Freshman and transfer students have access to ALEKS for Math via a link in goBaylor. Students who have taken ALEKS elsewhere and achieved the necessary scores may contact the Math Department for an override to register for MTH 1320 (Precalculus) or MTH 1321 (Calculus). For more information on ALEKS for Math, see the ALEKS for Math web page.

Chemistry Placement – ALEKS for Chemistry (For registration in Chemistry 1301) If the ACT Math score is less than 24 or the SAT Math score is less than 550 (old) or less than 570 (new), students must complete the ALEKS for Chemistry exam and earn 85% mastery or higher before they can register in Chemistry 1301. Students should be sure their final ACT or SAT scores have been sent to Baylor and entered on their record. For more information about ALEKS for Chemistry, see the ALEKS for Chemistry web page.

Modern Language Placement Exam – MLPE (For registration in French, German, or Spanish) The Baylor foreign language requirement for most majors is based solely on demonstrated competence in the language at the fourth semester (2320) level and not on a certain number of completed courses. Students should therefore begin their study at a level consistent with their previous preparation in the language. To that end, an appropriate score on the Placement Exam in French, German, and Spanish allows students who have studied any of these languages to register for higher-level courses in order to complete the requirement in fewer than four semesters. For advanced placement in other languages, contact the division director for that language.

The Placement Exam is not required if you wish to register for a beginning course (1401) in French, German, Spanish, or any other language. Nevertheless, the Placement Exam in French, German, or Spanish is still recommended as a means of self-assessment for those who have studied any of these languages. A photo ID (Driver's license, high school ID, Baylor ID, etc.) is required to take the exam in the lab. The exam is available on a first-come, first-served basis anytime the Language Acquisition Center (LAC) is open. Allow 30 minutes for the computerized exam; arrive at least 30 minutes before the lab closes. The lab is located in Draper 356, phone 254.710.4526. For more information, go to New students who have submitted a New Student Advising Questionnaire may receive an email with an online exam option. There is no charge for the MLPE.

English Placement Essay Exam – EPE (For registration in English 0300, 1301, or 1302)

A one-hour writing (essay) exam is required if:

  • the score is 19 or below on the English component of the ACT;
  • the score is 490 or below on the Critical Reading component of the old SAT or 27 or below on the Reading component of the new SAT;
  • an international student is a non-native speaker, regardless of the ACT or SAT score, unless exempted by the English Department;
  • Baylor does not have the ACT or SAT score for the student.

Based upon a reading by English faculty members, the results of the essay exam will place a student in either English 1302, English 0300 or 1301. Call (254) 710-1768 for questions about the EPE.