First-time, first-year and many transfer students take one or more placement assessments to ensure appropriate placing in course sequences.

  • Initial placement in mathematics is based on students’ ACT/SAT Math score and/or transcript.  Students may choose to review appropriate mathematical material (study resources are provided upon request) and complete a math placement assessment to improve their placement.  The assessment may indicate the need for required remedial work in Fundamentals of Mathematics (MTH 105) before continuing in college-level mathematics or statistics. This course prepares students for college-level work and offers three institutional credits for satisfactory completion; the credits do not count toward the minimum needed for graduation.  Regardless of the results of the math assessment, Maryville College accepts for credit those courses in the mathematical sciences taken through dual enrollment, AP, or IB. (An AP exam score of 4 or 5 grants three credit hours). Dual enrollment courses must be passed with a grade of C or higher.
  • A placement assessment in writing may be taken by any student bring Advanced Placement or dual enrollment credit in English composition to determine whether the student’s skill level justifies exemption from English 110 or 120 or both. Regardless of the results of the writing assessment, Maryville College accepts for elective credit those courses in English composition taken through dual enrollment , AP, or IB. (An AP exam score of 4 or 5 grants three credit hours). Dual enrollment courses must be passed with a grade of C or higher.
  • All students are required to take a foreign language placement assessment unless fewer than 2 years (3-4 semesters) of the chosen language was completed in high school. In this case, the student may enroll in an introductory foreign language course (SPN, FRN, GER, JPN, CHN, or ASL). Students with language proficiency developed through other means, including native proficiency, are encouraged to complete the assessment. The results of the placement assessment may qualify a student from exemption from the foreign language requirement. However, placements are binding and students may not enroll in a level lower than that into which they are placed unless an exception is approved by the language coordinator or the division chair. Regardless of the results of the placement assessment, Maryville College accepts for elective credit those courses in a foreign language taken through dual enrollment, AP, or IB (an AP exam score of 4 or 5 grants three credit hours).
  • Students desiring to enroll in Chemistry will initially be placed in Chemistry 111: Fundamentals of Chemistry or Chemistry 121: General Chemistry according to ACT math scores or other Chemistry readiness assessment. Students may appeal their placement with Dr. Mary Turner, Chemistry Coordinator.