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Placement Tests for Foreign Languages, Calculus and Music

Placement Tests

Agnes Scott has a number of placement tests, both online and in-person to inform your course planning. The online tests are accessed on our secure course management system, Moodle. Instructions on how to log in to Moodle are mailed to you along with your network account information.

Required Mathematics Skills Quiz

All new students are required to complete an online mathematics skills quiz. This short instrument does not dictate specific course placement but will be used by staff in the Office of Academic Advising and your faculty adviser to inform your first year’s academic plan.

Foreign Language Placement Tests

The study of other languages is a degree requirement at Agnes Scott. If you have one or more years of study in French, German, Spanish, or Latin in high school and you wish to continue study of that same language at Agnes Scott, you are required to take an online placement test. Students with scores of 5 on French, German or Spanish Advanced Placement (AP) exams and transfer students with college course work in a language do not need to take the placement test. Ancient Greek, Chinese and Japanese can speak directly with the instructor about placement during Orientation.

Calculus I and II Readiness Surveys

If you plan to take Math 118, Calculus I, you should take the Calculus Readiness Survey. This is not a placement test—it is used for advising purposes only. Information from the test will be made available to your adviser so that you may make an informed decision about which math course best serves your needs. If your background included advanced mathematics, you may wish to take the “Are You Ready for Calculus II?” survey. Students with Advanced Placement (AP) exam credit for calculus do not need to take the Calculus Readiness Surveys.

Music Theory Placement Test

The Music Theory placement test is required of all students considering a music major or minor and helps determine their eligibility to place directly into MUS 110 (Music Theory II). MUS 110 has a prerequisite of either MUS 109 (Music Theory I) or a passing score on the placement test. The placement test is administered on campus during orientation. The test will cover such materials as pitch (bass and treble clefs as well as octave registers), key signatures (major and minor keys), scales (major and all three forms of minor), time signatures, chords (triads and seventh chords in root position and inversions), Roman numeral analysis and aural skills (sight-singing using movable-do solfege, melodic dictation, rhythmic dictation and chord quality identification ). Learn more on the music department site. You may also contact Professor Jason Solomon for additional information.

Dance Technique

Students interested in enrolling in any dance technique courses at level II or above should attend a dance technique placement class during Orientation. More information will be included in the Orientation Schedule. You may also contact Professor Bridget Roosa for additional information.