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Placement Examinations

Finalized May 2017

Foreign Languages

Students who have studied a foreign language in high school are encouraged to use that knowledge at Augustana. They may apply it toward meeting the graduation requirement in foreign language and may qualify for enrollment in advanced courses. Foreign students for whom English is not the native language satisfy the requirement by successfully completing one 3-credit course in American or British literature.

Students with any previous experience in a language offered at Augustana (Chinese, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Latin, Spanish, Swedish) — whether in high school or in a non-academic context — must take a placement test before registering. The foreign language departments conduct online placement tests prior to Summer Orientation and Registration. These departments and the students’ faculty advisors then continue to provide academic advising in language study as needed.


Placement into mathematics courses is determined by a student's Math Index Score calculated from the high school GPA and ACT score. Incoming students will receive a letter from the Director of First-Year Advising regarding their Math Index Score and placement prior to their Orientation & Registration date. Students who do not have a Math Index Score are required to complete an online placement exam prior to Summer Orientation & Registration. For more information, contact the Director of First-Year Advising at

For complete information on ALEKS courses and math placement please visit the ALEKS webpage.

Current students with further questions can contact Diane Mueller via email at