Frequently Asked Questions
Below is a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs). We recommend that you review these FAQs prior to taking your required placement exams.
If you have additional questions that are NOT covered below, you can contact us directly at PlaceEx@drexel.edu. Please include your 8-digit University ID number along with your inquiry. A response is typically issued within 24-48 business hours.
CAN I GET AN ACCOMMODATION FOR THE PLACEMENT EXAM(S)?
Yes. Students with disabilities are eligible to receive accommodations for the placement exams. Please note that requests for accommodations should be submitted and approved prior to taking the placement exams. To receive an accommodation for one or more placement exam, please contact the Office of Disability Resources (ODR). ODR will review your documentation and speak with you prior to approving an accommodation. For more information on documentation requirements, please visit drexel.edu/odr.
IF I TOOK AN AP/IB/CLEP EXAM, AM I STILL REQUIRED TO TAKE THE PLACEMENT EXAM(S)?
Yes. All new first-time freshmen are required to take the placement exams for the purpose of developing their Fall term schedule. Once AP/IB/CLEP scores are received by the University from the Educational Testing Service (ETS), further adjustments may be made to your schedule by your academic advisor.
IF I PLAN TO TAKE PREP COURSES, AM I STILL REQUIRED TO TAKE THE PLACEMENT EXAM(S)?
Yes. The placement exams are used to assist your academic advisor in the creation of your Fall term schedule and to provide faculty with useful information to aid in the development of course curriculum.
Am I allowed to use a calculator on my Math Placement Exam?
No. You are not permitted to use a calculator on the Calculus or Math Analysis placement exam. It is important that you complete your required exam without the use of a calculator so that your advisor is provided with a true understanding of your academic preparation.
CAN I TAKE A LOWER OR HIGHER COURSE THAN WHAT I AM REGISTERED FOR?
To discuss course placement for the Fall term, please contact your academic advisor. You can find your academic advisor by referring to our undergraduate advising directory located at drexel.edu/provost/advisors.
WHAT IF I WANT TO TAKE A MODERN LANGUAGE COURSE?
Again, please contact your academic advisor with this request.
HOW DO I SUBMIT MY COMPLETED EXAM(S) IN BLACKBOARD LEARN?
Once you have accessed your exam in the Blackboard Learn (learn.drexel.edu), it is important to periodically save and submit your answers. You have the option of saving your answers on the page prior to the test submission.
After all questions have been answered and saved, please scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the “submit” button in the lower right-hand corner. Clicking the “submit” button will ensure that all answers will be saved and uploaded to faculty for review.
WHY DOES BLACKBOARD LEARN STATE THAT MY BROWSER IS NON-VALIDATED OR UNSUPPORTED WHEN CHECKING FOR COMPATIBILITY?
If you already have Java 1.7.0 installed on your computer, please ignore this alert. This message will eventually go away after Blackboard certifies your browser for use with the testing platform and should not affect your ability to take your required exam(s). If you do not have Java 1.7.0, please download it now from java.com.
WHAT IF I CAN’T SEE ANY IMAGES, GRAPHICS, OR EQUATIONS ON MY EXAM?
If images, graphics, or equations do not display properly in Blackboard Learn, please close the exam window and click once more on the exam icon. This will re-open your placement exam. If for some reason this does not resolve the issue, please exit Blackboard Learn entirely and re-open the testing platform by logging back into learn.drexel.edu.
CAN I MAKE A CHANGE AFTER I’VE SAVED MY ANSWERS BUT BEFORE SUBMITTING MY TEST?
Yes. You may change your answer by selecting the question, choosing a new response, and clicking the “save” button. However, once you click the “submit” button, changes to the exam are not permitted.
CAN I TAKE MY EXAM(S) MORE THAN ONCE?
No. The placement exams provide an assessment of your academic readiness and are used to determine your schedule for the Fall term. The academic assessment ensures that you are at an appropriate level to succeed in your Fall courses.
ARE SCORES AVAILABLE FOR MY EXAM(S)?
No. The placement exams provide an assessment of your academic background, which enables your schedule to be built. Because a placement exam is not thought of as a traditional test, there are no grades/results available. However, if you feel as though you have been registered for a course that does not match your ability, you may contact your academic advisor for assistance.
To find your advisor, please reference our Undergraduate Advising Directory.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I DO NOT TAKE MY REQUIRED PLACEMENT EXAM(S)?
All new first-time freshmen are required to take the placement exams for scheduling purposes. Should you fail to complete your required placement exam(s), your Fall schedule may not be developed in a timely manner.