Online English Placement Test for New York City Students



Writing Placement Exam for New York City Students

Guidelines and Exam Instructions

The English Placement Exam determines the most appropriate composition course for incoming freshmen and transfer students during their first semester at Pace.  The exam on this page is only for students attending the New York City campus. This is an on-line essay assignment, which you complete on a computer with internet access prior to arriving for campus orientation. Before starting the exam, please read through the instructions and guidelines below thoroughly.

Format of the Placement Test and Test Evaluation

The English placement exam asks you to write an argumentative essay in response to a written prompt. Responses are then evaluated in five categories. The categories are (1) content and development of argument, (2) vocabulary and audience awareness, (3) organization, (4) grammar, and (5) mechanics.

Instructions for when to take and how to submit the English Placement Exam:

a. The exam will be available only during certain days and times. The English department faculty estimate that you will need at least an hour to complete the placement test, so please budget your time wisely. Do not start a placement test if there is less than 60 minutes remaining in the scheduled timeframe. Doing so may prevent you from finishing the test. You must finish the test in one session. You can complete the placement test during any test session prior to your orientation date.

b. The dates and times the placement exam will be available are:

The online placement dates for the fall semester will be announced mid-May.

c. Prior to taking the test, please have your Pace University assigned student ID number available. This “U-number” can be found on your admission letter.

d. This is on online placement test, and internet access is required. Please make sure that the computer you are using has internet access and that you have a web browser installed.

e. You may only take the placement test once. If more than one placement test is submitted, only the first one will be scored. If you experience technical difficulties during the test, and are unable to complete or submit it, please contact CAE (see contact information below).

f. When you are ready to take the test, please copy and paste the following address into your web browser (exam will not appear until the dates and times listed above):

g. Follow the instructions on the screen, completing all the text boxes (name, ID number, etc.). 

h. You will be presented with two essay prompts. Please choose and complete only one of the two.

All questions and concerns should be directed to the Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) at (212)-346-1386 or

Guidelines for Taking Pace University’s English Placement Exam

1. There is no such thing as failing this examination. Your results are used to place you in a course that will help you be successful. Just do your best.

2. You are expected to complete the test independent of any outside assistance. You are not permitted to use the internet for any purpose other than the submission of the test. This is not a research paper, and you will not need any outside research to complete the test.

3. It may be helpful to type the essay response first in a word processor program like Microsoft Word. When you are finished, the essay can then be copied and pasted into the response box on the website.