Placement Test and Student Survey
Every new student at Augustana takes a Student Readiness Survey. If you have studied a foreign language, you will also take a language placement test.
The placement test helps you and your advisor plan your courses. The tests are not graded and do not affect your GPA. They assure that if you do take courses in these areas, you will begin coursework at your level of ability. So you should take the tests without the assistance of other people or resources. If you have assistance, you may be placed in a course that is beyond your ability.
About one week after you have completed the survey and test, we will send you an email with a link you can use to request an Orientation & Registration date (if you are a first-year student) or sign up for Transfer Orientation & Registration on Thursday, June 4, or August Orientation & Registration on Wednesday, August 19. (Note: The date of this event may be incorrect in the brochure you received.) After you submit your date request, you will receive a confirmation email within a week.
IMPORTANT: Some of the items below require your student ID number. You received your ID number in the packet we mailed you and in an email from the Admissions Department.
Please do not use a phone or tablet to complete the tests or the survey.
Student Readiness Survey
These questions are designed to help us understand how you assess your academic skills, behaviors and values. There are no right or wrong answers. Your honest responses will help your academic advisor support you.
If you have studied a foreign language in high school, you are required to take a language placement test. Please follow the guidelines below according to your situation.
Augustana offers courses in Chinese, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Latin, Spanish and Swedish. If you have any experience in French, German, Latin or Spanish, take the placement test in that language — even if you don’t plan to study the language at Augustana. You may take placement tests in more than one language.
If you have completed four years of foreign language study, take the placement test for that language. You'll learn more about your requirements and options at Orientation& Registration.
If you have completed less than four years of foreign language study, take the placement test for that language. You'll learn more about your requirements and options at Orientation & Registration. Note: If your placement test indicates that you are exempt from the foreign language requirement but you have taken less than four years of that language, you will be re-tested in the fall when you arrive on campus.
If you have studied a language other than French, German, Latin or Spanish, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know.
If you have not studied a foreign language, email us at email@example.com and let us know.
If you are an international student and have studied a language other than English, follow the instructions for the language placement tests. If English is your only language other than your native language, or you do not intend to study a language while you are at Augustana, you are not required to take a language placement test.
If you have questions, contact Dr. Taddy Kalas.
All students with prior study of German should fill out the questionnaire.
If you have questions, contact Dr. Emil Kramer.
Read below carefully before you take the Spanish test!
Do not take this placement test more than once; we will record only the first test result. After you've clicked "Begin", enter your first name, last name and email address. If you are asked to enter a password instead of the above information, the password is: vikings1. Disregard the scores at the end of the test; they do not apply to Augustana students. You will be notified of your placement at Orientation & Registration.
Please make sure you choose the correct Augustana College from the drop down list because there are two to pick from. Our college name is displayed as Augustana College (augustana) and the other is displayed as Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD (augie).
Augustana does not require a math placement test. Instead, we use your Math Index Score, based on your high school GPA and your ACT/SAT math score. Incoming students will receive a letter from the Director of First Year Advising with their score and course placement prior to their Orientation & Registration date. For more information about your math placement, please click here.