Please read the entire section. The link to the placement testing schedule and online appointment link is at the bottom of the page!
- Placement testing appointments that are made online do NOT constitute as SOAR reservations. After making a placement test appointment online, return to our SOAR administrative steps to continue.
- Business, Mathematics, and Natural Science majors have specific Math examination requirements that MUST be met. See Math section below.*
- If traveling from out-of-state or central or northern California, you may schedule a placement examination upon arrival to campus: Fall admits, 1-2 days prior to any SOAR day or on the same day of SOAR; Spring admits, prior to the start of the spring semester:
- Fall Admits: out of area only–Notify Academic Success Center (ASC) of same day testing option (Morning); you will need to select an afternoon SOAR session.
- Spring Admits: out of area only–make placement examination arrangements prior to your intended arrival on campus in advance of the start of the spring semester. Under no circumstances, however, will you be allowed to register for math without a placement exam or waiver.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if a class I took somewhere else satisfies the math or writing requirements?
You can check the materials sent to you by the Academic Advising Office after you paid your tuition deposit. There is a sheet labeled Student Information Sheet that shows your current individualized placement testing situation as of the date the sheet was printed as shown on the bottom of that page.
La Verne has become a test optional school for SAT and ACT, how does this new policy affect placement testing?
We are excited that we have become a test optional school for SAT and ACT. However, this change of admission policy does not affect our policies or processes on placement testing in writing. We use SAT scores to determine whether a new student needs to take writing studio with the first semester writing course, RCS 110 (LVWA). In fact, we might actually get busier in proctoring placement tests if the number of new students who opt out of filing SAT scores increases.
You must take a writing placement examination if you do not have SAT scores to determine whether writing studio must be taken concurrently with our first semester writing course, RCS 110 (LVWA).
I took a placement test at my previous college. Can I use it at La Verne?
No. The La Verne placement tests are designed to capture the extent of a student’s knowledge and preparation for La Verne classes. Students cannot use placement tests taken at another college to gain entrance into La Verne classes.
How do I know which tests I have to take?
You can check the materials sent to you by the Academic Advising office after you paid your tuition deposit. There is a sheet labeled Student Information Sheet that shows your current individualized placement testing situation as of the date the sheet was printed as shown on the bottom of that page. For questions about how AP or IB scores may affect you, please contact Patti Nonemaker in the Academic Advising office at (909) 448-4581.
Transfer Credits in lieu of Placement Testing
If you have not received a transfer evaluation from the Registrar, then arrange to take the Math or Writing placement examinations, if necessary, in order to meet the prerequisites for testing to participate in SOAR. We will make every effort to complete your transfer evaluation (if you committed to attend and turned in your transcripts early) prior to your SOAR day.
If you receive a transfer evaluation from the Registrar on or after your SOAR participation and it merits that you be exempted from a course requirement or be accelerated to a higher level course, please contact our office at (909) 448-4010.
Math (All Students)
A La Verne Math placement examination is required of all students (including international students) if:
- You did not transfer a college level course that meets the La Verne Quantitative Reasoning general education credit (LVQR), OR
- You did not transfer AP Calculus AB/BC scores of 3, 4, or 5 (as verified by an official AP transcript from the College Board), OR
- You are a declared (or intend to declare) a major in Business, Mathematics, or Natural Sciences*, and you have not met either 1 or 2.
* Majors requiring a math placement exam are: All majors must satisfy LVQR to graduate. Majors in the College of Business and Public Management, all Natural Sciences majors, including Mathematics, and International Business and Language, have advanced math requirements beyond LVQR.
Mathematics Examination Exemptions
You may be exempted from summer testing if you can demonstrate one of the following:
- Successful completion of college-level calculus or AP Calculus AB/BC scores of 3, 4, or 5 (as verified by a college transcript or College Board AP Score Transcript; please upload a copy) or transferred a college-level equivalent course that satisfies a course at La Verne.
Optional: You can save time and money by taking the optional math placement examination preparatory course online in advance of the placement exam date.
Note: You may re-test only once after a 3-week grace period by exceptional approval of the Mathematics Chair. However, the 3-week grace period will be waived if you complete the Optional Math Placement Examination Preparatory Course.
Writing for Domestic Students (Freshmen and Transfers)
A La Verne Writing placement examination is required of all domestic students, if:
- “Old” SAT (Before March 2016): you do not have SAT Writing and SAT Critical Reading scores on file, OR
- “New” SAT (March 2016 or later): you do not have SAT Evidence-based Reading and Writing (ERW).
- You did not transfer a college level course that meets Written Communication A general education credit (LVWA).
Note: If you are a Freshman, you will earn elective credit for AP English Language & Composition and/or English Literature and Composition. You will be expected to enroll in Writing (RCS) 110 or Writing (RCS) 110 with Studio based on your SAT Verbal and Reading or placement exam score. You will enroll in Writing (RCS) 111 (LVWB) if you have evaluated transfer course work that satisfies the LVWA requirement. Honors students will enroll in Honors 111 (LVWA/LVWB) in fall semester.
Writing for International Students (Freshmen and Transfers)**
A La Verne Writing Placement Exam is required of all international students even if you TOEFL scores on file. The following exceptions apply:
- SAT Verbal and Reading scores is on file, OR
- If you completed the LVWA requirement with transfer coursework, OR
- If you have completed the ELS program and have your certificate.
If you do not meet condition (1) or (2) or (3) above, you must take the Writing Placement Exam and will be placed according to your exam score.
Note: If you are a Freshman, you will earn elective credit for AP English Language & Composition and/or English Literature & Composition. You will be expected to enroll in RCS 110, or RCS 110 with Studio (LVWA) based on your SAT Verbal and Reading or placement exam score. You will enroll in Writing 111 (LVWB) if you have evaluated transfer course work that satisfies the LVWA requirement. You will enroll in Honors 111 (LVWA/LVWB) in fall semester if you have accepted invitation to the Honors program.
Foreign Language Placement Exams (other than English)
If you are majoring in a foreign language or in a major that has a foreign language concentration or if you are planning to take a foreign language course (that you have experience in) during the upcoming semester you must take a placement test in that subject. International students who graduated from a non-English-speaking high school are exempt from the foreign language requirement; consult with the Office of Academic Advising or University Registrar about a requirement waiver.
It is not mandatory to take the foreign language exam to participate in SOAR. However, the benefit of early testing in a familiar foreign language is that you will likely test higher and better and have the chance to place out of the foreign language requirement (and earn GE subject credit without units) than if you put it off for a year or longer.
There is no need to take a placement exam if you intend to register in a new foreign language course.
Placement Testing Schedule and Appointments!
Note: Placement testing appointments that are made online do NOT constitute as SOAR reservations! After making a placement test appointment online, return to the SOAR page to continue with the SOAR Administrative Steps leading to a reservation for a campus visit (Fall Admits) or an advising appointment (Spring admits).
** Contact us if you are coming from an English-speaking country concerning placement examinations.