Placement Exams

Your score on placement exams determines at what level you begin instruction in that subject at Valparaiso University.

 

Foreign Language Placement

French, German, and Spanish placement exams should be completed online prior to attending FOCUS.

Take French, German, or Spanish online

Who must take a foreign language at Valpo?

  • All students in the College of Arts and Sciences
  • All students in the College of Business
  • Any student in the College of Nursing and Health Professions or College of Engineering who intends to continue elective study of a language s/he began in high school

 

Chemistry Placement

Chemistry placement should be completed online prior to attending FOCUS by all domestic and international students who intend to study any of the following at Valpo:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Environmental Science
  • Kinesiology – Exercise Science
  • Physics
  • Pre-Medical Arts (Pre-Medicine, Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Veterinarian, Pre-Optometry, Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Pharmacy, etc.)

Nursing and Engineering majors should NOT take Chemistry Placement.

Students who have already taken and passed a college chemistry course should NOT take Chemistry Placement.

The exam is timed.  Students have 50 minutes to complete the exam.  A calculator is provided on the exam or students may use their own for calculation purposes only.

The username and password to enter the exam are:

Username: webexam
Password: valpo383

Take Chemistry Placement online

 

Math Placement

Students who have not yet taken and passed a college math course will take the math placement exam during FOCUS. The exam is administered online. You may bring a calculator. Practice exam questions are found on the ACT Compass website.

 

Writing Placement- For International Students Attending August and January FOCUS

All International Students will complete Writing Placement during International Student Orientation in August and January. Writing Placement determines at what level international students begin instruction in various writing and/or English courses. Domestic students do not complete Writing Placement.

Honor Code

Students are expected to abide by Valpo's Honor Code while completing placement exams:
"I have neither given or received nor have I tolerated others' use of unauthorized aid."

This means no use of books, devices, or other people is permitted unless otherwise specified.