Saint Xavier University Chicago Campus Quad

Office of Records and Advising

University Placement Program

Records and Advising oversees English placement exams, math placement exams and foreign language placement exams.

Incoming freshman must register for a placement exam date when you register for Via. If you have any questions or need further assistance, please email academictesting@sxu.edu.

English Placement

All students are required to complete ENGL 120: Rhetoric and Writing. Selected students will also enroll in a Writing Lab.

Placement is determined using standardized test scores and previous grades in writing classes. If more information for placement is needed, students will take the Accuplacer WritePlacer to determine placement.

The exam is a 60 minute written exam completed using a computer. The student will be given a topic and asked to write a 300 to 600 word essay.

Placement Levels for English

Math Placement

All students are required to complete the college-level mathematics course(s) required for their major. Students may be required to take a pre-requisite course prior to taking a college-level course.

Placement is determined using standardized test scores and previous grades in mathematics classes. If more information for placement is needed, students will take the MyMathLab placement test to determine placement.

To prepare for the Math Placement Test, you may reviewed any advanced algebra text. Review videos can be viewed at Khan Academy. Check out Algebra I and Algebra II on their site for more information.

You can also check out a free practice test!

Placement Levels for Math

Spanish Language Placement

All students enrolling in a Spanish class for the first time are required to take a placement test. Students enrolling in a level higher than SPAN 101 can pursue retroactive credit upon completion of SPAN 102 through 200 level Spanish if a grade of C or better is earned.