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Placement Exam Registration

All first-year students must take the college's placement exams in writing and mathematics. Transfer students who have not received transfer credit for writing and mathematics are also required to take these exams. These tests help determine the appropriate placement in your college courses and must be completed before you can register for classes.

Some transfer students who have not fulfilled math and writing courses for their programs of study may need to take the Placement Test.

Placement Test Dates:
The SFC Placement Test is administered on select weekdays throughout the year with two weekend tests offered in the Spring.

FAQs

What is on the Placement Test?

The Placement Test contains two sections: math & writing, one 30-minute Math section with approximately 30 questions. The math exam primarily covers material requiring an understanding of basic & intermediate Algebra. Concepts presented include exponents, factoring, absolute values, average/mean/mode, probability, square roots, quadratic equations & slope. One 45-minute Writing section consisting of one essay. Test-takers are presented with three prompts & must select one.

Why is the Placement Test important?

The purpose of these tests is to measure the required skills needed in order to determine which Math and Writing classes you will be placed into once you begin St. Francis College. All students are required to complete English courses as part of the general college core curriculum. Some students choose majors that require one or more particular Math courses; others take Math courses only to satisfy general college requirements. In either case, the placement test recommends the appropriate course for you based on your performance.

All first-year students must take the college's placement exams in writing & mathematics.

Do I need to bring anything to the Placement Test?

Do I need to bring anything to the Placement Test?

Please bring the following to the SFC Placement Exam:
  • Two pencils
  • Two pens
  • Calculators are permitted (including scientific calculators). Graphing calculators are NOT permitted. Note: a calculator is not required to complete any of the math questions.
  • Government-issued photo ID (for example, driver’s license, state ID, or passport).

Sample Tests

Prep for the Placement Test by reviewing sample tests of each section.