Placement Testing

First-year, first-time college students must complete placement exams in order for their first semester course schedules to be created.

Online placement exams must be completed for both math and English.

Students meeting any of the following requirements do not need to complete placement testing but are welcome and encouraged to do so:

  • Bridge Program participant
  • Honors Program participant 
  • Students with combined GPA and test score minimums as follows:

3.5 GPA AND either
SAT score (Critical Reading + Math only) of 1150+ OR 
ACT score (Composite) of 25+ 

Placement exams should be completed online prior to arrival on campus if possible. Students who do not complete their placement exams online prior to their arrival on campus must complete them at an on-campus session on January 9, 2016.

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. 

Scheduling Your Placement Exams

Things you need to know:

  1. You must schedule an appointment to take these exams 3 days prior to taking them through ProctorU.
  2. Once scheduled for your exam, please make sure to have a computer with webcam and photo ID available for the proctor on test day. You will be asked to show a photo ID before you will be allowed to take the test. 
  3. If scheduled 3 days in advance, the base testing fee is covered by the university. However, you will be responsible for any late fees.
  4. On the day of the test you will log into ProctorU and eLion. You may access eLion via the portal at Prior to logging in, please be sure that you have your username and password for the portal so you can access eLion. If you have not yet logged into the portal, please walk through the first time portal access instructions at For your initial sign-in, you will  need to provide your last name, date of birth, and either your SLU student ID number or Social Security Number. Your SLU ID# is provided in your New Student packet letter or email, or contact your admission counselor for assistance in finding this number. International students: If you need to verify your SLU student ID number, please contact Maribeth Giese at (352) 588-8284 or via email at
  5. Review directions to access ProctorU and eLion prior to your testing appointment day.
  6. Test will be broken down into three sections and can take a maximum of 2 hours total (15 minutes for Grammar, 40 minutes for Essay and 60 minutes for Math with a short approximately 5-10 minute break allotted if necessary).
  7. You may use a calculator to complete the mathematics placement exam.
  8. Do take these tests seriously as they will impact your course placement.
  9. Be sure that you are well rested and choose a time when you can complete the testing alone and without interruption.
  10. Relax, do your best, and good luck!

English Placement

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 your first semester, you will then take English 121 in the following semester.

Math Placement

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 test.

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 who need only one mathematics course to fulfill their University Explorations requirement may take MAT 131 or College Mathematics. MAT 131 is a terminal course and will not prepare students for higher mathematics courses.
  • Sequence for all Business Majors: MAT 003 (Basic Algebra), MAT 141 (Finite Mathematics), MAT 201 (Introduction to Statistics)
  • Sequence for all Majors who need MAT 151 (College Algebra) and/or above: MAT 003 (Basic Algebra), MAT 128 (Intermediate Algebra), MAT 151 (College Algebra), MAT 152 (Trigonometry), MAT 231 (Calculus)

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