First-time, first-year and many transfer students take one or more placement examinations to ensure appropriate placing in course sequences.

  • Initial placement in mathematics is based on students’ ACT/SAT Math score and/or transcript.  Students may choose to review appropriate mathematical material (study resources are provided upon request) and complete a math placement assessment to improve their placement.  The assessment may indicate the need for required remedial work in Fundamentals of Mathematics (MTH 105) before continuing in college-level mathematics or statistics. This course prepares students for college-level work and offers three institutional credits for satisfactory completion; the credits do not count toward the minimum needed for graduation.  Regardless of the results of the math assessment, Maryville College grants elective credit for credits earned in the mathematical sciences through dual enrollment, AP, or IB.
  • A placement assessment in writing may be taken by any student bring Advanced Placement or dual enrollment credit in English composition to determine whether the student’s skill level justifies exemption from Composition 110 or 130 or both. Regardless of the results of the writing assessment, Maryville College will grant elective credit for dual enrollment credits, IB credit, or AP credits earned in composition (an AP exam score of 4 or 5 grants three credit hours).
  • All students are required to take a foreign language placement assessment unless fewer than 2 years (3-4 semesters) of the chosen language was completed in high school. In this case, the student may enroll in FLN 110 (SPN, FRN, GER, JPN, CHN, or ASL). Students with language proficiency developed through other means, including native proficiency, are encouraged to complete the assessment. The results of the placement assessment may qualify a student from exemption from the foreign language requirement. However, placements are binding and students may not enroll in a level lower than that into which they are placed unless an exception is approved by the language coordinator or the division chair. Regardless of the results of the placement assessment, Maryville College will grant elective credit for dual enrollment credits, IB or AP credits earned in any modern, spoken foreign language  (an AP exam score of 4 or 5 grants three credit hours).
  • Students desiring to enroll in Chemistry will complete a placement assessment to determine initial placement in Chemistry 111: Fundamentals of Chemistry or Chemistry 121: General Chemistry.