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Temple University Placement Tests are designed to help assess a student's mastery of certain basic skills, identify their particular strengths and weaknesses, and assist in designing their program of study. The goal of placement testing is to enroll each student in appropriate courses so that they have the best chance to succeed at Temple.
Placement Tests are offered in English, Math, and Foreign Languages (Spanish, French, German and Italian).
Incoming Freshmen and Transfer Students
All incoming freshmen and transfer students are required to take University placement tests prior to their first semester and also must complete the New Student Questionnaire (NSQ). Placement testing for first-time students is done online, but retests are administered as proctored paper and pencil tests in the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment (IRA).
Newly admitted students that have paid their tuition deposit will receive an email from the Office of Orientation specifying next steps in the orientation process.
Exemptions to individual placement tests can only be granted by Temple Undergraduate Admissions and will be based on a review of the incoming student's transcripts and academic history.
For more details about placement testing for incoming students, refer to the document Placement Testing Information for Incoming Freshmen and Transfer Students.
Current or Non-Matriculated Students
Current students may need to take one or more placement tests, possibly because they've change their program of study or because their advisor recommends a more recent assessment before allowing them to take a particular course. Since a non-matriculated student doesn't go through the admissions/testing process, an advisor may recommend a placement test to verify the suitability of a particular course the student wants to take.
All tests and retests of current and non-matriculated students are usually administered as proctored paper and pencil tests in our office and are by appointment only. However, if it is the first time that a current or non-matriculated student is taking a particular test, they may also request to take it online.
For more details about placement testing for current and non-matriculating students, refer to the document Placement Testing Information for Current and Non-Matriculated Students.
To be eligible for retests, students must have a placement test results letter that indicates you have the option to take a retest (incoming freshmen and transfer students only) or you must receive written permission from your advisor or another authorized person. All retests for incoming freshmen and transfer students, current students, and non-matriculated students are administered as proctored paper and pencil tests in the IRA office.