Module 3:  Placement Exams

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*Math Placement


Appalachian's General Education requirements include a quantitative literacy course (or math).  Your major may also require a specific math or statistics course. Check your major program of study for your math requirement:


If you are unsure of your major, you should talk to an advisor and wait to take your math course.

If you scored less than 550 on your SAT Math test or less than 22 on your ACT Math test, you will need to take the Math Placement Test. 


Click here to take this placement test.

*Calculus Readiness Test

Regardless of your SAT or ACT Math score, you must take this test if you are planning to major in actuarial science, biology, chemistry, computer science, environmental science, fermentation sciences, geology, mathematics, middle grades education (math concentration), or physics unless you have credit for MAT 1110: Calculus.  You are allowed to take this test only ONCE.  

Click here to take this placement test.

*Use this Math Guide to help you determine your math placement once you complete these tests.  


(Rhetoric & Composition)

The Rhetoric and Writing Studies Program at Appalachian State believes that you, our new students, know best which course is the most appropriate option for you to take as you begin your college writing journey. Along those lines, we utilize a system of Directed Self-Placement, which, rather than using timed writing prompts or test scores, emphasizes your control over selecting your first college-level writing course at Appalachian.

Begin your Directed Self-Placement Now!

Chemistry Placement

The purpose of this exam is to determine placement in college-level general chemistry. This is NOT a chemistry test, however. This is a math test that assesses your ability to do basic algebra, rearrange equations, and solve word problems. There are 20 questions and you’ll need a non-programmable calculator.  

Reminder- You only need to take this exam if you need chemistry for your major/minor AND:

  • Your SAT-Math is score is less than 550; or

  • Your ACT-Math score is less than 22;

  • You do not have credit for MAT 1020 or higher.

Begin your Chemistry Placement Exam.

Language Placement


Some majors have a foreign language requirement and others do not.  Check your major program of study to determine if you are going to need a foreign language:  

If your major requires foreign language coursework, you may need to take an online language placement test. 


Click here to take an online language placement test.

Advanced Placement (AP) credits?

Language or Calculus AP credits may impact whether you need to take a placement exam.  Click here to determine the class credit you can expect based on your AP scores.  


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