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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 open Tuesday, May 5, 2015.

You must complete your exam(s) by Tuesday, June 30, 2015.

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)?

Note: If you believe you will need an accommodation (such as extended time) due to a disability, you must register with the Office of Disability Resources (ODR) prior to taking your exams. You will be asked to provide necessary medical documentation along with a completed Request for Accommodations Form and speak with an ODR staff member regarding your request. We suggest that you contact ODR as soon as possible, as the process may take some time. The Office of Disability Resources can be contacted at 215.895.1401 (Phone); 215.895.1402 (Fax); or via e-mail at

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. According to IRT, you can verify that your web browser is compatible with Blackboard Learn by:

  • Using a valid web browser
  • Ensuring Java is installed/up-to-date
  • Enabling cookies and JavaScript
  • Turning off pop-up blockers

Step 3: Take Your Placement Exam(s)

Please set aside 90 minutes before taking each placement exam. We strongly urge you to utilize a desktop or laptop computer, not mobile devices. 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.

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 June 30 deadline.

If you wish to opt into a Modern Language placement exam because you intend on taking a language course, please contact your academic advisor.

We urge that you take these exams very seriously. Best of luck!