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The Online Placement Assessment website is now closed for Fall 2019 term testing.
Success at Temple University does not follow one particular pathway, as our students are varied and diverse in their backgrounds. For incoming students, it is important that they start on the right track, beginning with determining the appropriate courses for their first semester. Some students may be placed into courses using their SAT, ACT or AP scores while others will need to take placement assessments. Placement Assessments are offered in English, Math, and Foreign Languages.
Please note that students with disabilities requiring accommodations for placement assessments must first contact Disability Resources and Services before they start the placement process.
Incoming Freshmen and Transfer Students
Assessments are taken after students have been admitted to the University and have paid the tuition deposit. The Office of Orientation, New Student & Family Programs sends an email to the student's Temple email account explaining next steps, including placement assessments. Once the deposit is paid, it takes 2-3 business days for the email to be delivered. There will also be information displayed on the student's TUportal under "Next Steps."
Some incoming students may be placed using SAT/ACT/AP scores provided to Temple University while others will be required to take an assessment. Students who are required to take an assessment for English or choose to take an assessment for math or a foreign language, may also retake the assessment (one additional attempt for English and foreign language and two additional attempts for math). Note that it's possible for a student to receive more than one course placement if, for instance, they take an assessment and then retake an assessment to try to place into a higher level course. In these cases the student may take the highest course into which they place.
Current or Non-Matriculated Students
Current students may need to take or retake a placement assessment if there is a change in the student's program of study, the student's assessment results are more than two years old, or an advisor recommends an assessment to determine a suitable course placement.
Current students who want to take or retake an assessment must have their advisor send a request to the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment at Placements@temple.edu.
Non-matriculated students can contact the Office of Continuing Studies to schedule a placement assessment at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Descriptions of Placement Assessments
New Student Questionnaire (Untimed)
The New Student Questionnaire (NSQ) must be completed by all incoming students, even if they do not have to take any other placement assessments. The data collected by the survey are used to provide basic background information describing Temple students. Temple also uses the results of this questionnaire to develop programs and procedures to serve the needs and interests of its students.
English Placement Assessment (90 Minutes, Timed)
Only students who have not been autoplaced may take the English Placement Assessment. The English Placement Assessment consists of one written essay. At assessment time, students choose one of two presented topics on which to write. Each topic presents a writer’s position on an issue. Students are asked to summarize the writer’s argument in their own words and then take and develop a position on the topic the writer is arguing for or against. Students are not evaluated based on having the "correct" position on an issue, but on how accurately they can explain the writer's argument and present their own argument in an organized and grammatically correct essay. In order to prepare for their assessment, students may view essays that meet and do not meet Temple's writing requirements.
Students that are required to complete the English Placement Assessment can retake the English Assessment after they receive their initial English placement results.
In addition to the English placement process, incoming students are required to complete the Self-Directed English Placement Inventory or SDEPI. The SDEPI takes about 8-10 minutes to complete and asks questions about your strengths as a reader and writer.
Math Placement Assessment (150 Minutes, Timed)
The Math Placement Assessment is delivered online using ALEKS, a web-based learning platform. ALEKS assesses the student´s current course knowledge by asking you a number of questions (usually 20-30). ALEKS chooses questions based on your answers to all previous questions. Therefore, each set of assessment questions is unique. It is impossible to predict the questions that will be asked. Some questions may require the use of a calculator, which is provided onscreen by ALEKS.
Note: You will know if you have completed the assessment when you see the colorful pie chart with a placement score on your screen. If you do not see the pie chart and placement score at the end of the 150 minutes, you may not have answered enough questions for ALEKS to determine your course placement. Please go back to ALEKS through your TUportal and complete the assessment again until you are presented with the colorful pie chart and placement score.
Students who choose to retake the math assessment have two additional attempts, using their highest score for course placement. ALEKS provides adaptive learning modules to help students improve their skills; modules are available after the initial assessment.
- To be re-assessed, students are required to complete five hours of ALEKS Learning Modules and wait 48 hours after the completion of the first assessment before starting the second.
- For a third assessment, students are required to complete an additional five hours of ALEKS Learning Modules and wait 48 hours after the completion of the second assessment before starting the third.
Foreign Language Assessment (60 Minutes, Timed)
Foreign Language Placement Assessments are offered in French, German, Italian and Spanish. Each assessment is multiple-choice and evaluates basic skills in language usage (choosing the appropriate word or phrase to complete a sentence) and reading comprehension (interpretation of passages written in that language).
Students can retake the Foreign Language Assessment after they receive their Foreign Language placement results via their Placement Results channel located within TUportal.
Math placement results are available immediately through ALEKS and are posted within 2-3 business days after the completion of the assessment to the student’s Placement Results channel located within TUportal. English Assessment results will be available starting in May, and also posted to the Placement Results channel. English assessments taken in April will be scored first and results will be available in early May. Results for English Assessments taken in May and thereafter will be available approximately one week after testing. Foreign Language placement results are posted to the results channel within 2-3 days after completion of the assessment.
Please note that course placements into English 701/711, French 1001, German 1001, Italian 1001, Spanish 1001, Math 0701/0702, GQ, Math 1015, and Statistics 1001 do not expire. Placement assessment results into all other courses are valid for two years from the term in which they were taken. Current students who need to take or retake a placement assessment should contact their advisor.
Also note that, students who take a course in the math sequence (Math 702, 1021, 1022, 1041/1941) are bound by their performance in the course for future course eligibility (rather than performance on previous or future placement assessment). Once a student completes a course in the math sequence, the student may not use their placement assessment results as a pre-requisite for entry into a higher level course. Similarly, students cannot request an assessment after completing a course in the math sequence to place into a higher course.
Please direct any questions about University Placement Assessments to 215.204.8611 (M-F, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm EST) or send an email to Placements@temple.edu.