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


Foreign Language Placement

Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Latin, and Spanish placement should be completed online prior to FOCUS by domestic students who intend to continue these languages at Valpo. International students do not need to take foreign language placement.

Placement should be taken by:

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

Read more details about language placement.

Take Foreign Language Placement Online


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
  • Health Science (Physician Assistant)
  • Kinesiology – Exercise Science
  • Physics
  • Pre-Medical Arts (Pre-Medicine, Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Veterinarian, Pre-Optometry, Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Pharmacy, etc.)

Nursing, Health Care Leadership, Public Health, 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 assessment is timed. Students have 50 minutes to complete it. A calculator is provided on the assessment 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

Most students who have not yet taken and passed a college math course will complete the math placement asessment during FOCUS. The assessment is administered online. A calculator is embedded in the online assessment and appears for appropriate questions. No outside devices may be used.


Writing Placement

For International Students
All International Students will complete Writing Placement during International Student Orientation in August and during FOCUS in 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.

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Before FOCUS

Domestic students need to complete foreign language and chemistry placement online.

Testing Accommodations

Contact Disability Support Services before FOCUS if you have a documented disability for which testing accommodations are needed.

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.

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Student Affairs
New Student Orientation
Harre Union, Suite 250
(+1) 219.464.5413
Linda Redelman
Administrative Assistant
Bonnie Dahlke Goebbert
Assistant Dean of Students
First-Year Students and Commuter Programs