English, Math and Foreign Language Placement Exams
Mandatory placement exams in English composition and Mathematics are administered to all incoming degree-seeking students provided that they have not received transfer credits. See more information on transfer credits.
As an American international university, John Cabot attaches special importance to skills in written and spoken English. At the beginning of their education at the University, all students are required to take a sequence of courses in English composition and literature, with the goal of developing the ability to think logically, to communicate accurately and clearly, and to appreciate the beauty and force of the English language, as reflected in its rich literary heritage. These skills will be used and reinforced throughout students' careers at the University, and in life-long learning.
A Composition Placement Examination is given during orientation week to determine the entry level for each student in this important sequence of courses. The exam lasts three hours and consists of three sections: grammar, sentence correction, and writing. In the writing section, students write an essay in response to a prompt. Upon completion, each examination is scored. This examination process determines which course the student must attend.
Grammar question example:
Select one of the options below.
My 21st birthday party is scheduled for next month when I get back from China. By the age of 21, I ____________ visited seven different countries.
d. Will have
Sentence correction example:
Rewrite this sentence to correct it.
It is long since I see you. __________________________________________________________
For information on the Math Placement Test, please click below:
Remember that questions on the actual test might vary within the syllabus.
Please note that if you need to take the IT, SPAN, FR placement test, please contact Prof. Siddu Pilia who will enroll you in the system and provide the password. For further information on the placement test and on language courses, please email Prof. Gina Siddu Pilia at [email protected]
Students who have already taken Italian and plan to continue at John Cabot University should take the Italian Placement Test before registering for an Italian class. This test is available online year-round; for the most accurate placement recommendation, take it just before the semester you actually plan to study the language. For detailed information, please read "How to Register for an Italian Class."
For information on Italian language, literature, culture, and film courses, please email the Chair of the Dept. of Modern Languages and Literature, Prof. Federica Capoferri at [email protected].
If you have already studied French and are planning to continue your study of the language, we strongly recommend that you take our online French Placement Test before coming to JCU in order to ensure that you register for the appropriate course. For detailed information, please read "How to Register for a French Class."
If you have already studied Spanish and are planning to continue your study of the language, we strongly recommend that you take our online Spanish Placement Test before coming to JCU in order to ensure that you register for the appropriate course. For detailed information, please read "How to Register for a Spanish Class."
Language Placement tests may be taken at any time. The results will be automatically sent for evaluation and you will receive an email notifying you of your results. You may take the placement test only once and are expected to do so in an ethical manner.