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Placement Examinations


finalized January 2015

Foreign Languages

Students who have studied a foreign language in high school are encouraged to use that knowledge at Augustana. They may apply it toward meeting the graduation requirement in foreign language and may qualify for enrollment in advanced courses. Foreign students for whom English is not the native language satisfy the requirement by successfully completing one 3-credit course in American or British literature.

Students with any previous experience in a language offered at Augustana (Chinese, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Latin, Spanish, Swedish) — whether in high school or in a non-academic context — must take a placement test before registering. The foreign language departments conduct online placement tests prior to Summer Orientation and Registration. These departments and the students’ faculty advisors then continue to provide academic advising in language study as needed.


First-year students who have had two years of chemistry in high school may be advised—based on a placement test—to enroll in chemistry 122, bypassing chemistry 121. The online chemistry placement test must be taken prior to Summer Orientation and Registration; results are used to determine appropriate course placement. For more information, contact the chair of the chemistry department.


Placement into mathematics courses is determined by a student's Math Index Score calculated from the high school GPA and ACT score. Students who do not have a Math Index Score are required to complete an online placement exam prior to Summer Orientation and Registration. For more information, contact the Director of First Year Advising.