English
All students must complete English composition through EN 102. Take your first English composition course in the fall of your first year.

English 6 - Placed by faculty in EN 103H (Honors)
English 4 - Self-placement in EN 101
English 3 - Self-placement in EN 101 Intensive
English 1 - Placed by exam review in English as a Second Language (EN 101I-IN)

Mathematics
All students must take one semester of quantitative reasoning. Currently that means all students must take one math course. Students receive a placement of 5, 4, 3, 2 or 1. Please check Math Placement Test Information find the math placement grid. This grid explains which course you should take based on your academic interests and placement score. It will also tell you which semester in which to take the course. If you are still deciding about your major, either follow the information for arts and sciences undeclared students or choose the math course for the major towards which you are leaning.

Foreign Language
Some students need to take a course in a foreign language. See the requirement listed below for each school. Quinnipiac offers courses in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish. Although you are not required to take the course during your first semester at college, it is a good idea to do so if you are planning to continue a language you studied in high school. Placement tests are offered in French, German, Italian and Spanish. For Arabic, Chinese and Japanese, take the 101-level class. Even if you are not required to take a language, you may find it advantageous for your future career to continue studying a language at Quinnipiac.

College of Arts and Sciences:
All students must complete a foreign language through the 102 level.

School of Business:
International business: Students must complete four semesters of a foreign language.
All other business majors: Foreign language not required.

School of Communications:
All students must complete two semesters of a foreign language.

School of Health Sciences:
Foreign language not required.

Foreign language placement results chart:
Spanish 6 - Placement in SP 301 Italian 6 - Placement in IT 301
Spanish 4 - Placement in SP 201 Italian 4 - Placement in IT 201
Spanish 2 - Placement in SP 102 Italian 2 - Placement in IT 102
Spanish 1 - Placement in SP 101 Italian 1 - Placement in IT 101

French 6 - Placement in FR 301 German 6 - Placement in GR 301
French 4 - Placement in FR 201 German 4 - Placement in GR 201
French 2 - Placement in FR 102 German 2 - Placement in GR 102
French 1 - Placement in FR 101 German 1 - Placement in GR 101

Examples of Placement Test Results

If your placement results were:

Your course choices are:

English 4

EN 101: You placed yourself in EN 101 and should take EN 101 this fall

Math 3

Check the math placement grid to find out which math course to take and in which semester

Spanish 2

If you need or choose to take a language, take SP 102 or any other language (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese) at the 101 level, provided you have not previously studied that other language.


Math Placement Results
Locating and Taking the Mathematics Placement Test and Choosing the Correct Math Course

Every student who attends Quinnipiac will complete at least one course in mathematics (quantitative reasoning). Many majors require specific math courses; some majors allow you to select from several different math courses. Once you have your placement score, please use the grid listed under “Math Placement Scores Explained” to select your math course and the best semester to take that course.

Your math placement score will be posted on Blackboard about a week after you take the placement test. To see which math course you will need to take, please consult the Mathematics Placement Grid (PDF) or click this link for an oral explanation by Professor Lisa Hollman.

Locating and Taking the Mathematics Placement Test
Mathematics placement at Quinnipiac is determined by three factors: your math SAT score, your background in mathematics and our own mathematics placement test. Our placement test is purely a test of your current algebra skills. The placement test is a 70-question multiple-choice test, which you should take prior to coming to orientation.

Once you have learned how to navigate Blackboard, you should log in. You will already be enrolled in a Blackboard course entitled, “Math Placement Test.” Click on this and follow the instructions at the course site. Begin by filling out a questionnaire about your previous mathematics experience, including listing all mathematics courses (plus grades) you took in high school and/or any mathematics courses you completed at another college or university.

Before starting the test make sure you have at least one hour and 15 minutes to devote to the test. When you take the test, make sure you have a pencil and paper handy. You may not use a calculator, any books or another person’s help. The test is simply a tool to help determine which mathematics course you should take. There is no advantage to cheating on this test.

You may only take the test once. Make sure you exit by hitting the “submit” button ; exiting any other way will cause the computer to lose the results of the test. When you finish you will be informed of the number of questions you answered correctly; this is not the same as your placement and you should not read too much into this number. About a week after you take the test, you will be assigned a placement level. This is a number between 1 and 5. This placement level, together with your major, will tell you which mathematics course you should register for.

If you have technical problems, report it via the "Trouble Report" mechanism in Blackboard. If you have a question about the test or mathematics in general e-mail Professor Hollman at: lisa.hollman@quinnipiac.edu.

You can take the mathematics placement test anytime after activating your QU accounts.

Frequently Asked Questions About Language Placement

BASIC RULE: A student who wishes to take a language which the student previously studied in high school or learned as a youth MUST take a Quinnipiac foreign language placement test in that language. Languages tested are Spanish, French, Italian and German.

What if the student just signs up for the course without the placement test?
The modern language department will remove the student from the course.

What do the results of the placement test mean?
CC: The student must take the course listed as the placement result. For example, if a student’s placement is SP 102, the student should sign up to take Spanish 102.

UC: If you decide to study the same language you took in high school, please take the course listed next to your placement number below:

Spanish 6 – Placement in SP 301
Spanish 4 – Placement in SP 201
Spanish 2 – Placement in SP 102
Spanish 1 – Placement in SP 101

French 6 – Placement in FR 301
French 4 – Placement in FR 201
French 2 – Placement in FR 102
French 1 – Placement in FR 101

Italian 6 – Placement in IT 301
Italian 4 – Placement in IT 201
Italian 2 – Placement in IT 102
Italian 1 – Placement in IT 101

German 6 – Placement in GR 301
German 4 – Placement in GR 201
German 2 – Placement in GR 102
German 1 – Placement in GR 101

Do students get credit when placing out of a language course?
No, a successful placement test merely provides exemption.

How is the foreign language placement determined?
There are two factors: the placement test results and the high school record. In most cases the placement test results determine the student’s placement. However, if a student has taken three or more years of Spanish, French, Italian or German in high school and has received B or higher in three of the years, the student is precluded from the 101 level of the language and may not take the 101 level for credit (regardless of the test results). Students who have been successful in high school language are ready for the 102 level academically. Please let these students know that after the first few weeks, they will remember the language and do well. (Note that students with three or more years of high school language may well place above the 102 level. In that case the placement determines their level.)

What are the alternatives for a student who wants to start at the 101 level, but is precluded based on high school grades?
The student is welcome to start studying a new language at the 101 level. However, for students in the College of Arts and Sciences that will mean taking two semesters of the new language (101 and 102) rather than one semester of the language previously studied (102). Languages taught at Quinnipiac are Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish.

Must an Arts and Sciences, Health Science or Business student who places in 201, 202 or 301 take the foreign language course?
No, but she may elect to do so for her own academic goals/interests. But, communications majors must take two semesters of a language. See the comment for each school.

What are the requirements for students in the School of Business and Engineering and the School of Health Science?
A student in these schools is not required to take any foreign language, unless the student is majoring in International Business. We offer minors in Spanish and French for those interested in continuing in a foreign language. A double major in Spanish will sometimes work out well. Basic literacy in another language can be a valuable tool in the workplace.

What are the requirements for students in the College of Arts and Sciences?
Student majoring in the arts and sciences must complete or test out of a language at the 102 level. We offer minors in Spanish and French for those interested in continuing in a foreign language. A student may choose to major in Spanish.

What are the requirements for students in the School of Communications?
Students in Communications must complete two semesters of a foreign language. We offer minors in Spanish and French for those interested in continuing in a foreign language. A double major in Spanish will sometimes work out well. Students should see an adviser in Communications about this requirement.

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