Taking The Placement Exams
Congratulations on your admission to Drexel University! We couldn't be more excited for your arrival on campus and will strive to make your transition an enjoyable and rewarding one.
What Are the Placement Exams?
As an incoming student, you are required to take one or more placement exams before starting Fall quarter classes. These exams were designed by Drexel's faculty to assess the proficiency that is expected of students to perform well in various college-level Mathematics, Chemistry, and Modern Language courses.
Why Are They Important?
Your academic advisor cannot develop your Fall schedule until you complete your placement exam(s). The goal of these exams is to ensure that you are placed into courses for which you are well-prepared. Because the knowledge you attain in a particular subject area may vary depending on your previous studies, the placement exams present an opportunity to tailor-fit your freshman courses according to your relative skill level.
Please note: While AP scores will also be taken into consideration as your Fall schedule is developed, they are not a substitute for the placement exams.
When Can I Take My Exam(s)?
The placement exams for the incoming Fall freshman class opened Tuesday, May 6, 2014.
You must complete your exam(s) by Tuesday, September 30, 2014.
Please note: It is crucial that you complete your required placement exam(s) by the specified deadline so that your academic advisor can develop your course schedule for the Fall.
How Do I Access My Exam(s)?
Step 1: Pick Up Your Drexel University Account
You will need to obtain your official Drexel University account in order to access the placement exams. If you have not done so already, please pick up your account now by visiting Drexel's Information Resources & Technology (IRT) website. Once you have your Drexel User ID (e.g., abc12) and password, please proceed to Step 2.
Step 2: Configure Your Computer
It is important to verify that your computer is properly configured to take the placement exams. To verify that your web browser is compatible with BlackBoard Learn, please visit learning.drexel.edu and log in to the testing platform with your User ID and password. If you do not have a User ID and password, please see Step 1.
After you log in, click on the "Tech Support" link at the top of the screen. Under the browser test section, you will see a "Test Your Browser" button. Click on this button. This test will determine whether your browser is properly set up to take the placement exams.
Step 3: Take Your Placement Exam(s)
Please set aside at least 90 minutes before taking each placement exam. Also, please make sure you have a reliable internet connection. Once an exam is accessed, a timer will begin to count down whether you remain in the testing platform or not.
It is our recommendation that you watch the following video tutorial before getting started:
Taking Your Placement Exams.
When you are ready to take your exam(s), please log into BlackBoard Learn. Once logged in, in the center column, you will see a channel called "My Courses" — your exams will be listed in this area. Your required exams are based on your chosen major. All exams should be completed by the September 30 deadline.
If you wish to opt into a Modern Language placement exam because you intend on taking a language course, please contact the Department of Culture & Communication.
We urge that you take these exams very seriously. Best of luck!