Placement examinations and questionnaires are administered for the purpose of assisting you in selecting the appropriate courses given your background and experience. They are not meant to create unnecessary anxiety for you, so relax and approach them in the spirit in which they are intended. Placement examinations are given according to a pre-set schedule.
Please note that the dates and locations below are from 2014. Updated information will be available soon.
Proficiency/placement examinations in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Latin, Italian, and Spanish will be given in August. Information about the specific date will be available soon. All students who have studied French, German, or Spanish must take the exam unless they have received a score of 3, 4, or 5 on the Advanced Placement (AP) exam, or a score of at least 540 on the SAT II exam. If you do not have prior experience with the language you wish to study, you do not need to take the proficiency/placement exam. Simply enroll in the introductory course for that language. Contact information for Heads of each language department is as follows:
|Arabic||Jennifer Nichols, firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Chinese||Jianhua Bai, email@example.com|
|French||Mort Guiney, firstname.lastname@example.org|
|German||Paul Gebhart, email@example.com|
|Italian||Patricia Lyn Richards, firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Japanese||Hideo Tomita, email@example.com|
|Latin||Adam Serfass, firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Russian||Natalia Olshanskya, email@example.com|
|Spanish||Travis Landry, firstname.lastname@example.org|
Latin: Ascension 326 (all students report at 8:15 a.m.) (16)
Italian: Ascension 114 (all students report at 8:15 a.m.) (16)
Arabic: Gund Commons Computer Lab (basement) (all students report at 8:20 a.m.) (100)
Chinese: Ascension 125 (All students report at 8:15 a.m.) (16)
Spanish, French and German will be administered by last name due to high numbers of students taking these exams. If your last name begins with O-Z and you need to take the music theory placement examination at 8:45 a.m., you may take the language placement exam at either 8:15 or 8:40 a.m.
|Last name||Exam time|
Spanish: Crawford Lab (Samuel Mather 200-level) (15) | Hayes Hall 311 (14) | Roth Lab (Peirce Hall, Lower Level) (33) (You may use any of these labs in any time slot)
French: Language Learning Center (Library) (23)
German: Hayes Hall 308 (14)
Chemistry placement advice regarding Chem 121 and Chem 122:
If you have an AP Chem score of 4 or 5, you are advised to take Chem 122. If you are interested in Chem 122, but do not have an AP score that reflects your experience, you should take the Chemistry Placement Survey Monday, August 25, between 9-10:15am in Tomsich 103. This will help us give you the best advice. The placement survey will take about 10-20 minutes and involves multiple-choice questions about chemistry and math as well as some questions about what courses you took in high school.
If you are not certain whether you are prepared to take mathematics at Kenyon, there is a math readiness exam on Monday, August 25, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m., in Higley Auditorium. This exam is self-graded, and there will be mathematics faculty available at the exam site to help you interpret your score.
If you have never taken any calculus and are uncertain whether you have the precalculus background needed to begin in Calculus A, you might consider taking the calculus readiness exam.
If you have taken some calculus but do not have an AP or IB exam score which reflects your experience, you should take the calculus placement exam. Please note: If you have AP or IB (or transfer) credit for calculus, you do not need to take this placement exam.
The math exams take place on Monday, August 25, at 4:00 p.m., at the following locations:
Math readiness examination: Higley Hall Auditorium
Calculus readiness: Higley Hall Auditorium
Calculus placement: Hayes Hall 109
In order to take MUSC 121-122 (“Music Theory”), you must first take MUSC 101 (“Basic Musicianship”). If you have any experience in music theory, we invite you to take the music theory placement test on Monday, August 25, at 9:00 a.m. If you pass this exam, you may place out of MUSC 101 and we will recommend that you take MUSC 121-122.
In order to take other music theory courses or any music history courses numbered between 123 and 394, you must first take (or place out of) MUSC 101 and have taken MUSC 102 (“Introduction to Musical Style”) and any other course prerequisites. (MUSC 102 may be taken concurrently with MUSC 121 or 122.) MUSC 101 and MUSC 102 are open to everyone.
Note: If you are planning to take individual music lessons or participate in a department ensemble, you need not take the placement test or MUSC 101/MUSC 102.
Scores of 4 and 5 on the Advanced Placement test receive 0.5 units of credit. Students with AP 5 receive credit for BIOL 115 and the department recommends beginning with BIOL 116. Those with AP 3 or 4 should start with BIOL 115. Students who have not taken the Advanced Placement course in biology but believe they have had an equivalent course should consult with the Biology Department chair, Wade Powell.
Information about placement for courses in other departments and programs will be presented at the Academic Department Presentations on Monday, August 25, as listed in this booklet. Feel free to attend various presentations or to visit the different academic program tables, collect information, and have your specific questions answered.