First-year, first-time college students must complete placement
exams in order for their first semester course schedules to be
Online placement exams must be completed for both math and
English, and must be completed online between March 15 and July 1,
DEADLINES VARY BY STUDENT STATUS:
Students meeting any of the following requirements do not need
to complete placement testing but are welcome and encouraged to do
3.5 GPA AND either
SAT score (Critical Reading + Math
only) of 1150+ OR
ACT score (Composite)
Students who fail to complete the exams by July 1 (May 15 for
student athletes and June 1 for biology majors) 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.
Students who do not test in advance may be required to take
tests as determined by their specific circumstances once they have
arrived on campus. Students who need to complete placement testing
following arrival on campus will be contacted.
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 requirements; 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 2015 semester, you will then take
English 121 in Spring 2016.
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 knowledge in
intermediate algebra. The time limits for the Level 1 and
Level 2 exams are 25 minutes and 35 minutes respectively.
You may use a calculator for the mathematics placement
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.
Based on your placement score, you will be placed in MAT 003,
MAT 128/141, or MAT 151/201.
For questions about placement exams, please contact the First
Year Experience office at either (352) 588-7222 or (352) 588-8499,
or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.