Placement Exams

Placement Exams

All new students are required to complete placement assessments in two areas, modern language and mathematics, unless those requirements have already been completed at another institution. The placement exams described below can be found in WebAdvisor as part of the orientation tasks required to be completed prior to your arrival for orientation.


The college uses the results of an online exam, in combination with the language survey information you supply, to determine an appropriate level course in French, German, Latin, or Spanish. As per the distribution program for the B.A. and B.S. degrees, all students are required to pass a course in French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Latin or Spanish 102 or above. It is critical, therefore, that you complete the online language survey and placement exam before the deadline for your orientation session. Failure to complete this exam before your deadline will create scheduling difficulties for your first year. The link to this exam will be available when you sign in to complete your registration for Orientation. It is assumed that students who select Hebrew or Greek will be starting in the first level; therefore, no placement exam is required for these languages. However, students should complete placement testing for any language for which they have received academic credit at the high school or college level.


Lycoming College requires an ALEKS math placement assessment to determine readiness for various courses. The ALEKS Placement Assessment covers material from Basic Math through Precalculus and will take approximately 90 minutes to complete. After the assessment, a targeted Prep and Learning Module is available for you to review and learn material, and to improve placement and eventual course outcomes.

 All students are strongly encouraged to spend several hours using the ALEKS Prep and Learning Module. Even if you have achieved placement in your desired course, time spent in ALEKS will better prepare you for your upcoming course and ultimately lead to better grades.

To learn more about ALEKS, please read the information guide found here.