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Placement and Proficiency Examinations

Placement and Proficiency Examinations

Mathematics Placement

The math diagnostic is available through the New Student Checklist and is optional for transfer students.

Modern Language Placement

Although there is no university language requirement, all students are encouraged to continue or to begin the study of a foreign language. Students wishing to participate in study abroad in a non-English-speaking country may want to enroll in foreign language study in their first year. More information about study abroad can be found in this guide. Native speakers of languages other than English may not enroll in courses in their native language without special permission from Undergraduate Studies and the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.

Students who have studied Chinese, French, German, Russian, or Spanish and want to continue studying the language during the fall semester may take the online WebCAPE language placement exam. The test, which usually takes 15-30 minutes and is accessed through the New Student Checklist. This test is optional for transfer students.

Students enrolling in Arabic, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, or Portuguese should use the guidelines below and then attend a class meeting to talk further with the professor about placement issues.  Students should follow the guidelines listed below when developing their schedules this summer. Final placement in foreign language courses will be determined after consultation with the course instructor during drop/add period.

Years of Study in High School Equivalent College-level Language Course
0 years experience 101–level
1–2 years of experience 102–level
2–3 years of experience  201–level
3–4 years of experience 202–level 

Writing Sample

All students must complete the online writing sample provided on the New Student Checklist.

The writing sample will be provided to your SAGES professor so that she or he has a sense of your reading and composition skills. This writing sample will not be graded, nor will it earn you Case Western Reserve University credit, or appear on your official transcript. You do not need to prepare for this writing sample.

Proficiency Examinations for Case Western Reserve University Course Credit

Proficiency examinations allow students to receive credit for a Case Western Reserve University course by passing an examination for that course. These examinations are optional, and are intended for students of high ability who have taken advanced work in high school (beyond the normal high school level) or who have studied a subject independently, but who may not have had the opportunity to take AP or IB exams, or did not earn transfer credit for a course. For students passing proficiency exams, credit will be indicated on the transcript by the symbols PR. No letter grade is given and proficiency credit does not count toward the GPA.

The following proficiency exams will take place before the start of the spring 2018 semester:

MATH 121, 122, 223, and 224
Friday, Jan. 12
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
ENGR 131
Friday, Jan. 12
1 – 3 p.m.
PHYS 115, 116, 121, 122, and 221
Saturday, Jan. 13
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
CHEM 105, 106, and 111
Saturday, Jan. 13
2 – 4 p.m. 
Contact: Professor Meyer
EECS 132
Sunday, Jan. 14
1 – 3 p.m.