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New Student Orientation (NSO)

Course Placement

Complete the following exams (if applicable)

ALEKS Math Placement - Required

(Placement for Scientific and Quantitative Reasoning Courses) Lewis & Clark College requires all students to take three Scientific and Quantitative Reasoning (SQR) courses, at least one of which has an algebraic proficiency prerequisite. Many natural science and social science courses also have this prerequisite. Prior to registration, all incoming students must take the online ALEKS Mathematical Placement in order to meet this prerequisite, unless one of the following applies:

• You have an AP Calculus AB or BC score of 4 or 5.

• You have an IB Mathematics Higher Level score of 5, 6, or 7.

• You have completed a transfer course in Mathematics equivalent to the college’s QR-101 level or higher (see your Official Statement of Transfer Credit from the Registrar’s Office).

Most students take the ALEKS twice over the summer—once to get familiar with the exam and again after reviewing the relevant learning module. Students often score significantly higher after retaking the exam, so do not wait until right before registration to take the placement for the first time. Before taking (or retaking) the exam, students must complete at least eight hours of study with the relevant learning modules, and twelve hours are recommended. The placement will be available online starting May 20. Access the placement and get more information at go.lclark.edu/mathematical/placement. The Office of the Registrar records the scores, and you can see them in WebAdvisor by following the directions on page 3.

☑ World Languages Placement - Required

Lewis & Clark College has a three-semester world languages requirement and offers courses in Arabic, Chinese, Classical Greek, French, German, Japanese, Latin, Russian, and Spanish. If you have previously studied one of these languages but have not earned transfer credit, you should complete an assessment for placement.

The world languages placement will be available by May 20. Online assessment for Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish can be accessed at go.lclark.edu/world_languages/placement. Instructions and additional information for assessment in Arabic, Classical Greek, Latin, and Russian are also available at this link. Students with results that suggest placement into the 202-level or above will be required to confirm this placement during New Student Orientation.

☑ Music Theory and Aural Skills Exam - Optional

If you think you may choose to major or minor in music, you should take this exam during the summer because it helps determine which music courses you need to take. Information is available online on May 20. There will also be an information session Thursday morning of New Student Orientation.