In order to ensure that students transferring to Pace University begin their coursework at the appropriate level, we administer online placement tests in writing, math, and certain modern languages. If you are required to take a placement test, you will receive a letter or Transfer Credit Evaluation from the Office of Undergraduate Admission.
Online placement testing will open in the middle of May. The placement tests should be taken 3 days prior to your Orientation date.
Students who have not yet earned a "C" or better in a college composition course are required to take the online writing placement test prior to their orientation date. The exam requires students to write one essay. Students will be placed according to their ability to develop and organize ideas, sustain an argument, and use correct spelling and grammar. Online placement testing will open in the middle of May. The placement test should be taken 3 days prior to your Orientation date. For more information and details, please visit our New York City writing placement exam.
Students who, at their previous institution, earned a grade of "C" or better in the equivalent first-semester college composition course are exempt from taking the writing placement test and will be placed into ENG 120, the second required composition course at Pace. Students who have earned a "C" or better for two semesters of college composition (the equivalent of ENG 110 and ENG 120) are also exempt from taking the writing placement test and will be required to complete ENG 201: Writing in the Disciplines.
Students who have not earned a "C" or better in college-level algebra or a more advanced math course are required to take the online math placement test
. Questions on the exam range from word problems to trigonometry and pre-calculus. Online math placement testing will open in the middle of May. The placement test should be taken 3 days prior to your Orientation date.
A sample math placement test with problems and answers can be found at the Center for Academic Excellence Placement Testing
Students who have graduated from a high school in which English is not the language of instruction are exempt from taking the second language requirement.
Transfer students with two or more years of high school study in Spanish, French, Russian, Chinese, or Italian who are NOT transferring in college credit for any of those languages and who wish to resume their study of the SAME language in the coming semester will need to take an online Modern Languages Placement Exam
to ensure placement at the appropriate level. This is a short (about 15-20 minutes) online exam that scores immediately. The exam should be taken 3 days prior to your Orientation date.
Accommodated Placement Testing
If you have a disability that requires accommodations for placement tests, please contact the Counseling Center
for your campus. A licensed professional counselor will need to provide the Counseling Center with documentation of your disability and a recommendation of what accommodations are needed. Counseling Services requires two weeks to evaluate your request. The information you provide and your records at the Counseling Center are confidential.
If you have any questions regarding Placement Testing or are having difficulty accessing the Orientation Registration System, please contact the Center for Academic Excellence
at 212-346-1386 (NYC Campus) or e-mail CAENY@pace.edu