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Placement Testing

Stetson University is known for providing a rigorous academic experience. To that end, course placement procedures are outlined for several subjects to ensure that students are placed in the most appropriate courses. Brief descriptions of the placement procedures are outlined below; please see the program websites for further information.

Quantitative Reasoning

As part of the general education requirements, all students will complete a quantitative reasoning (Q) course. The specific course a student must complete is dependent on the student's chosen major. Incoming students majoring in Business, Math, Computer Science and Physics are among some of the majors required to complete the online math placement exam, prior to their first semester. Please check your Degree Audit to determine which Q course is required for your specific major. Scores on this exam will inform placement into specific math courses (MATH 122Q, 130 or 141Q) as well as guide students and their advisors in choosing an appropriate Q course. Please consult the Mathematics Department website for more information on the online math placement exam.

Students who wish to enhance their math skills have the option to enroll in a non-credit online course through Hawkes Learning Systems. For students who do not score sufficiently on the placement exam to enroll in MATH 122Q, 130 or 141Q, the online course is an ideal option for developing the necessary math skills before attempting the placement exam again. An orientation and training video for the online course is available at the Hawkes Learning Systems website. Please do not click on the "Grade" button until you have completed the entire test. For more information about registering for the online course, please contact Nancy Wilton.

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Writing Requirement

All incoming students must satisfy the Writing Requirement as part of their general education requirements by the end of their first year. One writing course must be completed with a minimum grade of C at the level of ENGL 101 or higher. Students who are bringing in credit for ENGL 101 (e.g., AP or IB scores) need to submit a Directed Self Placement to decide your own placement by answering a series of questions that will help you clarify the placement options, as well as the ways to make the most effective judgment in choosing a writing course.

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Modern Language Placement Exam

All students have the option to complete a modern language course (102 level or above) as part of their general education requirements, with demonstrated proficiency of a modern language being required for majors within the School of Business Administration. Students who have previously studied French, German, Russian or Spanish and wish to continue studying the same language at Stetson University must complete a placement exam.

Go to to take the Language Placement Assessment.

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Technology Proficiency

Students in the School of Business Administration are required to demonstrate technical proficiency in four Microsoft Office applications. This requirement is broken down into two separate components:

  1. Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Microsoft PowerPoint. Students must demonstrate proficiency in this area by passing an exemption exam that covers both applications. The exemption exam is offered periodically throughout the academic year.
  2. Proficiency in Microsoft Access and Microsoft Excel. Students have the option of demonstrating proficiency by taking a second exemption exam covering these two applications or by completing a half-unit (two credit hour) course, BSAN 101 Information Technology II. Please note that satisfying the first component is not a prerequisite for enrolling in BSAN 101.

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Music Theory/Aural Training placement (music majors only)

Students who wish to exempt any level(s) of music theory or aural training instruction will be given a placement test on the Monday prior to the beginning of classes in August.

Music Ensembles (majors and non-majors; choirs, band, orchestra and jazz band)

Auditions for seating into all music ensembles will take place before classes begin in August. For more information, contact, or review the School of Music's audition page.

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