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Placement Testing

Instructions for new incoming students

The purpose of placement testing is to ensure new incoming students enroll in cousework for which they are prepared.  Pace uses several factors, including SAT scores, AP credit, transfer credit, and placement tests administered during Orientation to make sure you take the appropriate classes for you.

Please note that placement test results will not be part of a permanent record and will only be used for purposes of placement.


Writing

Incoming first year students must take the writing placement test.

  • New York City First Year Students: Please click here.
  • Westchester First Year Students: Please click here.

Transfer students who have been notified should take the writing placement exam.

  • New York City Transfer Students: Please click here.
  • Westchester Transfer Students: Please consult your academic advisor regarding the writing placement test.

All students will be evaluated on their ability to organize and develop ideas, to sustain an argument, and to use correct spelling and grammar. Students may place out of ENG 110, which starts the core course of study, after evaluation of appropriate transfer credit or AP credit, writing sample, and verbal SAT scores by the English department on each campus. Pforzheimer Honors College Students will be evaluated in collaboration with the College Directors on each campus.


Mathematics

Incoming first year students will take the mathematics placement test to determine the appropriate mathematics course to take in their first semester. Questions range from word problems to trigonometry and pre-calculus.

  • New York City First Year Students: Please click here.
  • Westchester First Year Students: Please click here.

Transfer students who have been notified should take the mathematics placement exam.

  • New York City Transfer Students: Please click here.
  • Westchester Transfer Students: Please contact your advisor for information.

The NYC Sample Math Placement Test with problems and answers can be found here:

Video Review: You can find detailed solutions at this YouTube link: Math Placement Test Review Videos


Modern Languages

All students with two or more years of high school study in Chinese, French, Italian, Russian, or Spanish who are not receiving college credit for any of those languages and who wish to resume their study of the same language in the coming academic year will need to take a Modern Languages placement exam to insure placement at the appropriate level. This is a short online exam that scores immediately. Click the links below to take your exam.  The exam may be only taken once and you should take it at least several days prior to your orientation date.  If you have questions please contact the CAE at (212) 346-1386 for NYC campus or (914) 773-3434 for PLV campus. 

  • Click here for the Chinese, French, Italian, Russian, or Spanish placement exam. The password to access the exam is language828.

Accommodated Placement Testing

If you have a disability that requires accommodations, please contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS) on the campus you will be attending prior to your orientation. ODS recommends contacting the office as soon as you register for orientation.

  • Pleasantville Campus Office of Disability Services: (914) 773-3710
  • New York City Campus Office Of Disability Services: (212) 346-1526

For further information about registering with the Office of Disability Services, please visit our website: www.pace.edu/disability