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Math Placement Exam
All students at Saint Mary’s College of California are required to take an appropriate mathematics or computer science class as part of their liberal arts experience. In order for you to be successful in your mathematics and science classes you need to be in a college level mathematics class for which you are prepared.
All incoming freshmen are required to take a mathematics placement exam. Transfer students should also take a placement exam if they have yet to complete their mathematics studies. This assists us in advising you and allows us to help you be successful in your mathematics studies. Using the results of your exam as well as your high school background and your SAT mathematics score, we will determine your mathematics placement depending on your plans for study.
Foreign Language Exam
In recognition of the importance of foreign language study, the College requires that all graduates demonstrate proficiency in a second language. Students who did not successfully complete three years of the same language during high school with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher are required to take the Foreign Language Placement Exam. For Spanish and French language placement exams, students should take the exam online prior to attending Orientation. For other languages offered at SMC, including Italian, Japanese, Latin and Greek, an exam will be conducted with a professor during the first week of classes in order to determine the appropriate course in which to enroll. Make sure to print out a copy of your test results for yourself and bring it with you to the orientation session. Reminder: You may only take the placement exam once during each academic year. Your results are valid for one academic year. We strongly encourage that all students complete the language requirement by the end of their sophomore year. Make sure you take into account the language requirement as you plan a course of study so that you graduate on time.
New courses: We now offer Mandarin 1 and Mandarin 2. For more information, contact the Department of Modern Languages.
English Composition Placement
All freshmen take an English class during their first semester. Placement in English courses is determined by entrance exam scores. Completion of English 4 and 5 is required for graduation.
An optional Writing Placement Exam for students wishing to challenge their automatic placement will be administered the day before each orientation session. Contact the Composition Program (firstname.lastname@example.org) at least two weeks prior to your orientation session to register for this exam.
Writing Placement Exams:
Wednesday, June 18, 2:00 p.m., Garaventa Hall, Room 130
Tuesday, June 24, 2:00 p.m., Garaventa Hall, Room 130
Friday, June 27, 2:00 p.m., Garaventa Hall, Room 130
Tuesday, August 26, 2:00 p.m., Garaventa Hall, Room 130