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A significant portion of IUP Orientation is geared toward having students (and Orientation advisors) be aware of the best levels of selected courses in which the students should enroll. Not every student takes every placement test. Each student is assigned placement test(s) depending on his/her intended major. 

Placement testing was initiated by IUP after determining that students’ prior experience, SATs, and self-report were not adequate course-selection measures, and that poor performance was the outcome of such selection methods. While not perfect, placement testing did result in a decrease in the courses not successfully completed. Test results do affect course placements and registration. Students are expected to abide by their English and mathematics placement results.  If a student has taken the Spanish exam and decides to continue with Spanish, or continues with French or German after placement, the placement results must be followed. Music majors/minors will be informed how to use their results at advising. Students majoring in Education will be expected to follow the plan of preparation outlined in their results letter received at orientation advising.

English Placement
You may take an essay test during Orientation or submit a portfolio (fall admits ONLY) of your writing to determine which English course best suits your ability.
Math Placement Test
Mathematics will provide information about algebra skills and determine placement in math courses. All first-year students and some transfer students must take this exam. The mathematics exam is a nationally standardized, computer-based examaniation.
Reading Placement Test
Reading provides students and advisors with information as to the student’s reading level compared with that of other entering college freshmen and determines if the student requires a preparation level reading course. All first-year students must take this exam. The reading exam is a nationally standardized, computer-based examination.
Spanish Placement Exam
Spanish is taken by all students who had this language for more than one year during the last two years of high school. Majors in the colleges of Humanities and Social Sciences or Natural Sciences and Mathematics—as well as Hospitality Management, English Education, and International Business majors—who have taken Spanish in high school take the Spanish exam.
French Placement Exam
Instructions for taking the WebCape French Placement Exam. These test results indicate to the student what level language course to register for, should a foreign language be necessary for their major.
Education Readiness Exam
The Education Readiness Exam is taken by all Education majors and allows the College of Education and Educational Technology to inform students as to how best to prepare for the Praxis I.
Advance Placement Equivalency Chart
This chart will help you understand what your AP Credits will transfer as to IUP.          
CLEP Exam Equivalency Chart
This chart provides a listing of the CLEP Equivalency at IUP.
International Baccalaureate (IB) Equivalency Chart
This chart will help you understand what your IB Credits will transfer as to IUP.
 
  • Advising and Testing Center
  • Pratt Hall, Room 216
    201 Pratt Drive
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-4067
  • Fax: 724-357-2889
  • Office Hours for Orientation Questions
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m.–Noon
  • 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.