First-year, first-time college students must complete placement
exams in order for their first semester schedules to be
Online placement exams must be completed for both Math and
English, and must be completed between May 15, 2013 and July
Students must schedule an appointment to take the online exams
three days prior to taking them.
Students who fail to complete the exams by July 1,
2013 will be placed in basic level composition and math
classes by default and may be required to take additional course
work to complete the requirements for their degrees.
Specific instructions on how to complete the exams will be
mailed to students at their Saint Leo email and personal email
addresses by May 15, 2013. You can also review Instructions for Accessing the English and
Math Placement Tests here.
Things you need to know:
You will be taking a placement test to determine which English
class is best for your first semester at Saint Leo. This exam is an
hour long and consists of two sections: the first is
multiple-choice and will test your knowledge of grammar and
punctuation; the second is an essay that will demonstrate your
ability to think critically and communicate effectively.
Again, we urge you to take these tests seriously, and it is
important that you understand in what courses you might be placed.
Saint Leo requires two sequenced composition courses, English 121
and English 122, as part of our University Explorations (general
education) program. However, occasionally incoming students need a
bit more preparation in order to succeed in English 121. Your
results will either place you in English 002, a course that covers
the basic skills related to grammar, punctuation, and sentence and
paragraph structure but does not count toward University
Explorations; or English 121, which reviews these skills and goes
on to study various types of essays. If you are placed in English
002 for Fall 2013 semester, you will then take English 121 in
You will be taking a mathematics placement exam designed to
measure your knowledge of basic and intermediate algebra. Your
results will be used to determine which math course suits you best
during your first semester at Saint Leo. The exam will be in two
parts. The level 1 exam tests student knowledge of basic algebra
and the level 2 exam tests students’ knowledge in intermediate
algebra. The time limits for the two exams are respectively 25
minutes and 35 minutes. You should be aware that all Saint
Leo University students are required to take a mathematics class as
a University Explorations (general education) requirement. This
requirement may vary depending on the student’s major.
Students are allowed to take the exam using a
Based on your placement score, you will be placed in MAT 003,
MAT 128/141, or MAT 151/201.