Undergraduate Placement Exams


College Placement Exams for Undergraduates at Peirce College

What Are College Placement Exams and Who Takes Them?

College placement exams for undergraduate students are used by Peirce College to assess the math and English skills of admitted students and to place them in the appropriate level courses. Students who apply to Peirce without transfer credit (or a grade of C or above) in English 101 and/or college-level math are required to take these placement exams. The placement tests are typically administered on a computer; however, a paper and pencil version of the math assessment and special accommodations are available for disabled students.

If you have taken the SAT or ACT standardized tests, you should speak to an Admissions Counselor about possibly using those scores instead of taking our college placement exams.

How Do I Prepare?

The math placement exam covers arithmetic and beginning algebra topics. The English exam consists of writing an essay (must use Word document template that will be provided). Self-guided preparatory materials are provided; download these to your computer and study topics based on your personal needs. 

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General exam information: The math exam requires you to write a few sentences to explain your work for some problems, or to show a few steps. You may use a scientific calculator to aid computation on the Peirce College placement test. You may not utilize websites to solve problems. For more information, review the calculator resources

How Do I Get Started?

Your Undergraduate Enrollment Specialist will guide you through the placement exam process. After you’ve completed your college application, you’ll receive a confirmation from the Admissions Office that you are registered to take the Math Placement Test as well as an email with the English essay template. 

Completing the English Placement Exam Essay

Students will compose an original essay and submit it as a Microsoft Word document. Students should contact their Undergraduate Enrollment Specialist to discuss the essay writing and submission procedure. Once you complete the English essay, be sure to save the essay as a Word document.

What Happens After I Take the Placement Exams?

After your college placement exams have been scored, you’ll be guided by your Undergraduate Enrollment Specialist to select your courses. Students who score below the cut-off for college-level courses (approximately 73 percent)  on the assessment(s) are required to take English 010 and/or Math 010 (these are semester-length remedial courses). Students scoring near the cut-off may be eligible to retest. Retesting is permitted after a minimum 48-hour period, providing students time to review study materials and/or meet with tutoring services. If you qualify to retest, your Undergraduate Enrollment Specialist will guide you through the process as applicable (retesting is an option, not mandatory). 

Students who readmit to the College without transfer credit or who have not successfully completed English 101 and/or college-level math must adhere to this policy.

ENG 010 and MAT 010 do not count toward any degree program. ENG 010 and/or MAT 010 serve as required prerequisite courses for students within the Developmental Education Program.

Information for Students with Disabilities

In our commitment to ensuring that no otherwise qualified student with a disability is subjected to unlawful discrimination in the context of his/her educational experience, Peirce College makes certain that students with disabilities are provided equal access to educational and career development programs and/or student activities. Consequently, the College will make, on behalf of qualified students with learning and physical disabilities of which the College is aware, reasonable accommodations that do not impose undue hardships on the College.

If a student believes he/she requires a reasonable accommodation or has a question regarding educational services, activities, programs or facilities that are accessible to or usable by students with disabilities, please contact the Facilitator, Perkins Grant & Student Disability Services Coordinator in the Mary W. Walker '33 Center for Academic Excellence, 2nd Floor Alumni Hall (215-670-9251). All information associated with a disclosure of this nature is confidential, and the College will communicate this information to others only on a need-to-know basis.

Have More Questions About Our College Placement Exams?

If you have more questions regarding placement exams, contact the Admissions Office at 1.888.467.3472, ext. 9214 or email admissions@peirce.edu.