Placement Tests

To ensure you are placed into the appropriate courses, King’s College requires all new students to complete a set of online placement tests in the New Student Portal. These tests will provide academic advisors the necessary information to place you in the mathematics, writing, and/or language course that is consistent with your ability. Placement tests can only be taken once, so we encourage you to do your best and to take them seriously. All placement tests are for King’s College use only.

  • Mathematics Placement Test (60 minutes)

    Required unless exempt (see Placement Test Exemptions)
    The Mathematics Placement Test helps determine your placement in the appropriate mathematics course that is consistent your mathematical ability and ultimately determines how you will fulfill the Quantitative Reasoning requirement in the King's College Core Curriculum. Based on this test and your academic profile/history (which will be thoroughly analyzed by the Mathematics Department), students will either take one Math course equivalent to Core 120 Mathematical Ideas or higher (depending on your major) or a sequence of two courses Core 098 Mathematical Skills and one Math course equivalent to Core 120 Mathematical Ideas or higher (depending on your major). For more information the Quantitative Reasoning Core requirement, go to the King's College Catalog.

  • Writing Placement Test (50 minutes)

    Required unless exempt (see Placement Test Exemptions)
    The Writing Placement Test helps determine your placement in the appropriate composition course that is consistent with your writing ability and ultimately determines how you will fulfill the Effective Writing requirement of the King's College Core Curriculum. Based on this test, students will either take Core 110 Effective Writing or a sequence of two courses Core 099 Thinking and Writing and Core 110 Effective Writing. For more information the Effective Writing Core requirement, go to the King's College Catalog.

  • Foreign Language Test (20-30 minutes)

    Required for students who have studied French, German or Spanish in high school and would like to continue with the same language at King's College.
    The Foreign Language Placement Test helps determine your placement in the appropriate foreign language course that is consistent with your ability and ultimately determines how you can satisfy the Foreign Language/Cultures requirement in the King's College Core Curriculum. Based on this test and your academic profile/history (which will be thoroughly analyzed by the Foreign Language Department), students will be placed in an elementary, intermediate, or advanced level language course. Students who begin at the intermediate level or higher, who take two courses of the same language (6 credits), and who receive a "C" or better in each of these courses, may receive six additional elective credits. For more information the Foreign Language/Cultures Core requirement, go to the King's College Catalog

Taking the Placement Tests

Students must complete their placement tests in the New Student Portal. In order to access this portal, you will need your username and temporary password provided in a letter sent by the Academic Advisement Office. As new students submit their enrollment deposit*, this letter is sent on a weekly basis beginning on the dates listed below. Students will not be registered for classes until they complete their placement tests. Delaying completion of the Placement Tests will limit the class options available to you. 

Tests Available*   Tests Due**
November 15, 2017  For students starting classes in the Spring Semester December 11, 2017
April 23, 2018 For students starting classes in the Summer Semester May 14, 2018
April 23, 2018 For students starting classes in the Fall Semester June 4, 2018

*  Beginning with the dates listed above, advisement letters are usually sent 2-3 business days after King's College receives the enrollment deposit.

** Class selection and class times may be limited for students who submit their enrollment deposit after the Placement Test due date. So, it is important to complete these placement tests as soon as possible.

Placement Test Exemptions

To be exempt from a placement test, official test scores and/or transcripts must be received by the King’s College Office of Admission prior to the dates listed below to allow for processing.

November 15, 2017 For students starting classes in the Spring Semester
April 20, 2018 For students starting classes in the Summer Semester
April 20, 2018 For students starting classes in the Fall Semester

Keep in mind first-year student schedules are often created prior to receiving certain scores, such as AP scores. Once these score are received, adjustments to schedules can be made in consultation with an academic advisor.

  • Mathematics Placement Test Exemptions
    Test/Course Minimum Score Needed
    ACT Math Score 21
    AP Calculus AB 3
    AP Calculus BC 3
    AP Statistics 3
    College Course Equivalent to MATH 102 or higher Grade of "C"
    King's College Math Department Rating A or B
    SAT Math (Prior to March 2016) 500
    SAT Math (After February 2016) 530
  • Writing Placement Test Exemptions
    Test/Course Minimum Score Needed
    ACT English Score 21
    AP English (Language) 3
    College Course Equivalent to CORE 110 or higher Grade of "C"
    SAT Critical Reading (Prior to March 2016) 550
    SAT Writing (Prior to March 2016) 550
    SAT Evidence Based Reading and Writing (After February 2016) 610

Students with Disabilities

Accommodations for placement testing, such as extra time, can be arranged by contacting the Academic Skills Center (570-208-5841) PRIOR to taking your Placement Tests.

FAQs - Placement Testing and Exemptions

  • Am I required to take the Math Placement Test?

    Yes, all first-year students are required to take the Math Placement Test unless you meet one of the minimum exemption requirements

  • Am I required to take the Writing Placement Test?

    Yes, all first-year students are required to take the Writing Placement Test unless you meet one of the minimum exemption requirements.

  • Am I required to take the Foreign Language Test?

    You are required to take the Foreign Language Test if you studied French, German or Spanish in high school and would like to continue with the same language at King's College.

  • Am I required to take a Foreign Language course at King's College?

    To satisfy the CORE Foreign Language/Cultures requirement, all students are required to complete either one Foreign Language course or one Foreign Cultures course.

  • Am I allowed to use a calculator while taking the Math Placement Test?

    No. Calculators are not permitted while taking the Math Placement Test.

  • Can I take the Math, Writing, and/or Foreign Language Placement Test(s) at different times or on different days?

    Yes, the placement tests can be taken at different times or on different days as long as they are completed by the listed due dates. However, once you begin a placement test, you must finish the placement test in its entirety.

  • Once I start a placement test(s), do I have to finish?

    Yes, once you begin to take a placement test, you must finish it in its entirety. So, before you begin, make sure you allow enough time to complete it.

  • Am I eligible to receive accommodations for the placement test(s)?

    Accommodations for placement testing, such as extra time, can be arranged by contacting the Academic Skills Center (570-208-5841) PRIOR to taking your Placement Tests. For more information about the Academic Skills Center and Disabilities Services, click here: http://www.kings.edu/academics/support/skills_center.

  • If I took an AP exam, am I still required to take the placement test(s)?

    To be exempt from a placement test you must meet the minimum score requirement AND official scores must be received by the college by the listed due dates. If official scores are not received by the date listed, you will be required to take the placement test.

  • How do I receive college credit for AP/CLEP exams?

    Before King's College can award college credit for an AP/CLEP course, you must have your official scores sent to the King's College Registrar Office for evaluation.

  • If I successfully completed a college level math, writing and/or foreign language course, am I still required to take the placement test(s)?

    To be exempt from a placement test you must meet the minimum score requirement AND official transcripts must be received by the college by the listed due dates. If official transcripts are not received by the date listed, you will be required to take the placement test.

  • How do I officially receive credit for courses I completed at another college / university?

    Before King's College can award college credit for a course completed at another college/university, you must have your official transcript sent to the King's College Registrar Office for evaluation.

  • Can I take my placement test more than once?

    No. Placement tests can only be taken once, so make sure you give them your best effort.

  • What happens if I do not take my placement test(s)?

    You will not be registered for classes, thus you will not be able to begin your studies at King's College.

  • What happens if my computer freezes or crashes in the middle of completing my placement test(s)?

    Contact the HELP Desk immediately by calling 570-208-5900, ext. 4357.

  • What does it mean if I am required to take CORE 098?

    It means before enrolling in the required college level mathematics course for graduation (CORE 120 or higher), additional preparation is required through CORE 098 Mathematical Skills. Although the course carries 3 college credits, the credits do not count toward the minimum 120* credit requirement for graduation. *The number of credit hours required for graduation may be higher in certain major programs or if the student elects to pursue a second major.

  • What does it mean if I am required to take CORE 099?

    It means before enrolling in the required college level English course for graduation (CORE 110), additional preparation is required through CORE 099 Thinking and Writing. Although the course carries 3 college credits, the credits do not count toward the minimum 120* credit requirement for graduation. *The number of credit hours required for graduation may be higher in certain major programs or if the student elects to pursue a second major.

  • What does it mean if I am required to take ENGL 109? (International Students Only)

    It means before enrolling in the required college level English course for graduation (CORE 110), additional preparation is required through ENGL 109 Introductory Composition. Although the course carries 3 college credits, the credits do not count toward the minimum 120* credit requirement for graduation. *The number of credit hours required for graduation may be higher in certain major programs or if the student elects to pursue a second major.