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Instructions For New Incoming Students

The purpose of placement testing is to ensure that you enroll in coursework for which you are prepared. Pace uses several factors, including AP credit, transfer credit, final high school transcripts, and placement tests administered prior to Orientation, to make sure you take the appropriate classes.

Please note that placement test results will not be part of your permanent academic record and will only be used for purposes of placement.Read below to determine which of our online placement tests you should take. Consult with an advisor if you still have questions. Placement tests are open for new students and should be taken promptly and no later than one week before your scheduled Orientation date. Also, be sure to take the placement tests for the campus you will be attending.

English

Incoming first-year students

Incoming First-year students must take the English placement test. This test requires students to write an essay.

Online English Placement Test for New York City Students

If you are attending the New York campus, take the English placement test. Use the same Pace Username and Password that you used to sign up for Orientation and other Pace websites.

Online English Placement Test for Westchester Students

The English Placement Test, administered by the Department of English and Modern Language Studies, serves as the medium by which English faculty determine the most appropriate composition course for incoming students to take during their first semester at Pace. This test is designed as an off-campus essay assignment, which students complete at home, prior to arriving for their campus orientation. Before completing the test, please read through the policies and instructions below thoroughly. Consult with your advisor to determine if you need to take the English Placement Test.

Submission Guidelines

The placement test should be taken within 10 days of receiving your Orientation email.

Note that you will need your Pace Username and Password credentials to login to the English Placement Test. Activate your Pace University account if you do not have these credentials. Note that if you need to look up your Username on the Directory (you will need to select in the Person Type drop down menu Only Students).

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.

Access the English Placement Test

Incoming Transfer Students

New York City transfer students

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.

If you are required to take a placement test, you will be notified by the Office of Undergraduate Admission.

Westchester transfer students

Consult with your Advisor to determine if you need to take the English placement test.

Mathematics

Incoming first-year students

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. Students may use calculators.

Even if you have pending AP credit or college transfer credits, please take the test. Mathematics placement will be reevaluated upon receipt of official AP scores or appropriate college transcripts.

Online Mathematics Placement Test

The test will take, at most, an hour. It can take less time if your level is determined quickly by the test. Note that you can't go backward to previous questions on this test. You will be allowed to use a calculator, paper, pencil or pen. Make sure to take the test in a distraction-free environment. No other aids are allowed.

Login for the Mathematics Placement Test

Sample Mathematics placement review questions and answers can be found at the links below:

Incoming Transfer Students

New York City transfer students

If you are required to take a placement test, you will be notified by the Office of Undergraduate Admission.

Westchester transfer students

Please contact your advisor for information. If your advisor has told you to take the mathematics placement test, please take the test.

Modern Languages

All students with two or more years of high school study in Chinese, French, Italian, Russian, or Spanish who plan to continue their study of the same language in their first semester must take the online placement test to determine the appropriate level of college study. The test may only be taken once. Test scores remain valid for one year.

Take the Chinese, French, Italian, Russian, or Spanish placement test

Email newstudentexperience@pace.edu with any questions about placement testing.

Accommodated Placement Testing

If you have a disability that requires accommodations, please contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) on the campus you will be attending prior to your Orientation. SAS recommends contacting the office as soon as you register for Orientation.

  • New York City Campus Student Accessibility Services: (212) 346-1526
  • Westchester Campus Student Accessibility Services: (914) 773-3710

College Credit and Advanced Placement (AP) Course Equivalency

If you have taken college courses for credit or have participated in a dual enrollment or Bridge program, please be sure to have all official college transcripts forwarded to the Office of Undergraduate Admission for evaluation. Prior credit will only be evaluated once your official transcript has been received. A minimum score of 4 is required on all AP exams with the exception of the Computer Science A and Computer Science AB exams, a score of 3 or above is acceptable for these.