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How to Complete Your Placement Exams

Your academic advisor cannot develop your first-term 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've attained in a particular subject area may vary depending on your previous studies, the placement exams present an opportunity to tailor-fit your first-year courses according to your skill level.


Placement exams for the incoming fall first-year class open in the spring and must be completed by June 30.

Please note: It is crucial that you complete your required placement exam(s) by the June 30 deadline. Your first-term course schedule will not be created until all required placement exams are completed.

Required Exams

Incoming first-year students are required to take the placement exams that are predetermined by their major. To see which exams you are required to complete, log in to DrexelOne. In the "Student Checklist," a list of required exams will be available.

Optional Modern Language Placement Exams

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

Completing Your Exam(s)

Note: If you believe you will need an accommodation (such as extended time) due to a disability, you must register with Disability Resources prior to taking your exams. We suggest that you contact Disability Resources as soon as possible, as the process may take some time. Disability Resources can be contacted at 215.895.1401 (phone), 215.895.2299 (TTY), 215.895.1402 (fax), or via email at

1. Pick Up Your Drexel University Account

You will need to obtain your official Drexel University account in order to access your placement exams. If you have not done so already, please pick up your account now by visiting Drexel's Information Technology (IT) New Accounts page.

2. Configure Your Computer

It is important to verify that your computer is properly configured to take the placement exams. According to Information Technology, you can verify that your web browser is compatible with the system we use for placement exams, Blackboard Learn, by:

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

3. Take Your Placement Exam(s)

Please set aside 90 minutes before taking each placement exam as many of them are timed. We strongly urge you to utilize a desktop or laptop computer with a reliable internet connection to take your exams, not a mobile device. Once accessed, you must complete the exam in a single sitting during the prescribed time (which will be tracked by the timer.)

When you are ready to take your exam(s), please log in to DrexelOne. In the "Student Checklist" you can access your exams by expanding the checklist item "Placement Exams."