May Testing Information:
Incoming freshman students who have requested a higher English, History and/or Theology placement than originally recommended must be retested before their placement is finalized. This assessment consists of a vocabulary test, a reading comprehension test, and a brief writing sample.
The 20 minute vocabulary test measures the student's reading vocabulary. Each test question presents a word in a brief context followed by five other words or phrases. Students choose the one word or phrase that means the same or nearly the same as the test word. The first questions involve easy and commonly used words. In the later questions, the words are more difficult. Below is an example of a vocabulary question:
SAMPLE QUESTION: a big "shout"
The correct response is "b". Yell means the same as shout.
The 30 minute comprehension test measures the student's ability to read and understand passages of prose and verse. The passages are of varying length and get progressively more difficult. The questions which follow each passage require the student to select the best answer. Answers are based on information that is stated or implied in the passage. Below is an example of a comprehension questions:
SAMPLE PASSAGE: Wild cats warn other cats to stay away by marking the place that is theirs. And so do house cats. A cat may rub the side of its head against a chair leg. Some oil from a gland on the cat's head comes off. The smell of the oil tells other cats, "This place is mine."
SAMPLE QUESION: How does the cat get the oil on the chair?
a. It jumps up on the chair.
The correct response is "d".
In addition to the Reading and Vocabulary tests, all students testing for English, History and/or Theology placement will be required to write a short composition based on a prompt.
The French placement exam consists of approximately:
There is a writing section where student describes family members and their interests in French.
The incoming freshmen who wish to take the placement test for German II will be tested on the following items:
The exam is a holistic exam consisting of 30 listening and 30 reading questions along with writing about oneself. The vocabulary includes, but is not limited to time, weather, numbers, sports, pastimes, clothing, classroom articles, colors, places, days of the week, months, seasons, and parts of the body. Grammar includes, but is not limited to the present & present progressive tenses, usage of ser and estar, definite articles, possessives, adverbs of time, prepositions, contractions, expressions of tener.