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Placement Tests

Agnes Scott has a number of placement tests, both online and in-person, to inform your course planning. The online tests are available on our secure course management software, Canvas. Instructions on how to log in to Canvas are below and were also included in your new student welcome letter.

Click Here to Access Canvas

Instructions for Finding the Placement Tests in Canvas:

Canvas is Agnes Scott’s course management system. To access Canvas, click here.

  1. You will be prompted to login with your Agnes Scott username and password.
  2. After logging in, you will be taken to the homepage for the "Student Advising/Placement Tests" course.
  3. You can scroll through to see the available content, but will not be able to take any of the quizzes until you find the "+Join this Course" button on the right hand side of the screen.
  4. Click the "+Join This Course" button.
  5. You'll be taken to a page that says "You are enrolling in Student Advising/Placement Tests". Click the purple "Enroll in this Course" button to confirm enrollment.
  6. On the next page click on “Go to the Course” and you will see all the placement tests and be able to take them.


Required Mathematics Skills Quiz

All new students are required to complete an online mathematics skills quiz. This short assessment does not dictate specific course placement but will be used by staff in the Office of Academic Advising and your SUMMIT Advisor to inform your academic plan.


Non-English Language Placement Tests

One of our general education requirements is that all students obtain an intermediate level of proficiency in a non-English language. If you took French, German, Latin or Spanish in high school and you wish to continue at Agnes Scott, you must take our online placement test. Arabic, Chinese and Japanese language learners can speak directly with the instructor about placement during Legacy: New Student Orientation. If you have college transfer credit or a score of 5 on the French, German or Spanish Advanced Placement (AP) exam, you do not need to take the placement test.


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 SUMMIT Advisor so that you may make an informed decision about which math course best serves your needs. If your background includes advanced mathematics, you may wish to take the “Are You Ready for Match 119: Calculus II?” survey. Students with Advanced Placement (AP) exam credit for calculus do not need to take the Calculus Readiness Surveys.


Dance Technique Placement

If you have danced before and are planning to take a dance class in the next 4 years, please describe your previous dance experience on this form so we can properly place you in the correct level. Include all styles and forms of dance in which you have training. Please know that during the first week of classes, we can make level shifts once instructors observe you in class.


Music Theory Placement Test

The Music Theory placement test is recommended for students with some background in music theory who are considering a Creative Arts: Music major or minor. This placement test helps determine the appropriate starting point in the Music Theory sequence: MUS 108 (Fundamentals of Music Theory), MUS 109 (Music Theory I) or MUS 110 (Music Theory II). Students who do not take the placement test must start in MUS 108.

The placement test is administered on campus during Legacy: New Student 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).

Ensemble Auditions

Calling all singers! Want to sing with our Collegiate Chorale? Sign up here for Chorale auditions during Legacy: New Student Orientation and get a chance to meet our Chorale director. You must sign up for Chorale auditions in advance.

If you play an instrument and would like information on auditioning for our orchestra or one of our other ensembles, please stop by the Creative Arts department table at the Academic Department Fair during Legacy: New Student Orientation.

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