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New Student Orientation (NSO)

Course Placement

By June 16 complete the following exams (if applicable)

ALEKS Math Placement - Required

(Placement for Science and Quantitative Reasoning Courses)

Lewis & Clark College requires all students to take three Scientific & 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. 

The Placement will be available online by May 22. Incoming students are allowed to take it for free twice over the summer; you should take it at least once before talking with your summer advisor so he or she can best advise you on your options based on the results. Review materials are provided after the first attempt and, in many cases, students who use these materials score significantly higher on the second attempt. The score determines whether or not an additional class (i.e., QR 101) is required before taking some of the required SQR courses, so studying and retaking the ALEKS placement is strongly encouraged. 

Access the placement and get more information at The Office of the Registrar records the scores and you can see them in WebAdvisor .

*You do not need to take the placement if you received a score of 4 or 5 on an AP Calculus AB or BC exam or a score of 5, 6, or 7 on an IB higher-level mathematics exam. (IB Math Studies does not qualify). You can see if your scores have been recorded by the Office of the Registrar in WebAdvisor. The Office of the Registrar typically does not receive scores from your senior year until early July. 

Foreign Language Placement - Required

Lewis & Clark College has a three-semester foreign language requirement and offers courses in Arabic, Chinese, Classical Greek, French, German, Japanese, Latin, Russian, and Spanish. You need to complete an assessment for placement if you have previously studied one of these languages and want to continue it. 

The foreign language placement will be available by May 22 and you should take it before talking with your summer advisor. Online assessment for Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish can be accessed at Instructions and additional information for assessment in Arabic, Classical Greek, Latin, and Russian are also available at this link. 

Students with test results that suggest placement into the 202 or above level courses 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. There will also be an information session on the Thursday morning of New Student Orientation.

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