The purpose of placement testing is to assess your current abilities and to determine which courses will be most beneficial to you as you begin your studies at Benedictine University. All incoming freshman students are required to take placement tests in math, writing and foreign language. All incoming transfer students are required to take the math placement test if they have not already completed a math course in college. If you have AP scores or dual credit, you should still take the placement tests. Before taking any exams, we advise that you prepare.
You will be eligible to take the placement tests three business days (excluding weekends and holidays) from today's date. The mathematics test takes between 30 and 45 minutes; the writing test takes 50 minutes; and each foreign language test takes 60 minutes. Ideally, you should complete all of your testing in one sitting; however, you have up to two (2) days to complete them all. Please schedule a block of time accordingly. For more information on how to prepare and a list of topics covered in the math placement exam, please visit our Math Placement Testing Information page. The Writing Assessment at Benedictine is used to place students in either the standard first writing course, the writing course with additional workshops or the preparatory course for those who are not yet ready to write at the college level. There is no option for retaking the quiz, so please put forth your best effort.
Please contact Ashley Parisi, Testing and Retention Analyst, at (630) 829-1122 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
The Mathematical and Computational Sciences Department suggests you take your basic skills math courses as soon as possible, but definitely before 60 credit hours have been completed. If you have junior college placement in mathematics, you should take that course during your first semester at a local community college if feasible. Be aware that you must take your junior college math course prior to earning 60 credit hours as to not conflict with the new 60-hour community college transfer rules.
Want to take your placement test on campus? You can. Contact your admissions counselor for more information. Once you have begun your classes here at Benedictine University, you are no longer allowed to take the Math Online Placement test. If classes have begun and you have no current math placement result, please see the Math Learning Specialist in the Academic and Career Enrichment Center.