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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.


All students at Stetson University must satisfy the Writing Requirement, which consists of four (4) approved courses, at least two of which must be from General Education.

Courses eligible to meet the Writing Requirement include:

  • WE designated courses
  • FSEMs
  • JSEMs
  • Writing Courses*

Students who expect to receive transfer, dual enrollment, AP, IB or AICE credit for writing courses may transfer up to two (2) writing courses. The remaining courses must be completed at Stetson.

Note: Some students will be placed in ENGL 100 on the basis of incoming test scores. Students placed in ENGL 100 must complete the course during their first semester at Stetson. ENGL 100 will count as one of the four required courses only if the grade earned is a C or above. The course must be retaken immediately if the grade earned is below a C.

*Courses whose focus is on the theory and practice of writing.

Quantitative Reasoning

All students must earn one unit in quantitative reasoning. Many courses in the Mathematics Department satisfy this requirement, as do select courses in other departments. Students should choose a course appropriate to their desired major and career plans, as outlined below. Students may receive credit for courses offered by the Mathematics Department or by receiving a satisfactory score on an AP, IB or AICE exam.

Mathematics courses numbered from 111-119 are designed for students who require a general course in quantitative reasoning (for instance, Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music degrees). Students in Business or the sciences often have additional requirements and should consult with their major advisors on which courses are appropriate.

Students who desire to take any of the introductory Calculus courses at Stetson (MATH 130, MATH 122Q or MATH 141Q) must take an online placement exam. Students must receive a satisfactory score on this exam in order to register to take any of these three classes. Students scoring high enough on appropriate AP, IB or AICE exams may also receive credit for MATH 141Q and/ or MATH 142Q. In general, students choosing majors in the School of Business Administration will take MATH 122Q in the freshman or sophomore year. Please note that this course has the following prerequisites: ECON 103S and BSAN 111 and Math Placement Exam with a score of 11. Students seeking certification for teaching should consult with an advisor in Teacher Education to be certain of the latest State-mandated requirements in mathematics.

An orientation and training video for the course offered through Hawkes Learning Systems is available. Students may retake the placement test after making sufficient progress in the online course. If you have any questions, contact the math department at

Completing the Math Placement Exam:

  • Make sure you have the latest version of Java installed on your computer.
  • Access the exam website.
  • Create an account by selecting Register on the log-in screen; be sure to keep your log-in information in a safe place.
  • Once you establish your account, you may take the test at your convenience.
  • Please note that there is a 30-minute time limit.

Modern Languages

The Modern Language Department is prepared to evaluate proficiency for French, German, Russian, and Spanish for placement purposes. For other languages, the means for demonstrating proficiency must be arranged by the student and approved by the Department.

All students who have had two or more years of a modern language in high school and wish to study that language at Stetson must take a placement exam. If they have taken four years of that language in high school, they will be placed in a 102 level or above, depending on placement test results. Students with fewer than four years of high school modern language will be placed into an appropriate level of that language based on individual case evaluations of their placement scores and years of previous exposure.

For additional details on placement and credit, contact the Chair of the Modern Languages and Literatures Department in Sampson Hall or visit our Placement Exam page.