Placement Testing Information

Math

Liberal Arts, Education, and Fine Arts students
(Excluding Math & Science majors & double-majors)

MTH 102- FINITE MATHEMATICS
A student may qualify with one of the following:

  • A Math SAT score of 550 or ACT score of 23
  • A score of 18 on Part A of the Math Placement Test
  • Successful completion of Math Skills Lab – MTH 100s

MTH 105 - ALGEBRA & TRIGONOMETRY
A student may qualify with one of the following:

  • A Math SAT score of 600 or ACT score of 26
  • A Math SAT score of 550 or ACT score of 23 and a score of 5 on Part B of the Math Placement Test
  • Scores of 22 on Part A and 5 on part B of the Math Placement Test
  • Successful completion of Math Skills Lab – MTH 100s for Science Majors

MTH 210 - CALCULUS I
A student may qualify with one of the following:

  • A Math SAT score of 650 or ACT score of 29
  • A Math SAT score of 600 or ACT score of 26 and a score of 7 on Part C of the Math Placement Test
  • Score of 22 on Part A, 5 on Part B and 7 on Part C of the Math Placement Test

Part A: Basic Math Skills Placement Test
Part B: Algebra and Trig Placement Test
Part C: Pre-Calc Placement Test

Business students

  • Students with an SAT Math score of 550 or ACT score of 23 or higher are placed in Quantitative Methods I (MSD105) for 3 credits. No placement test is required.
  • Students with an SAT Math score of 540 or ACT score of 22 or lower are required to take the Math Placement Test.
  • Download Math Practice Questions (Business majors)

Math/Science Majors and Education Majors with a second major in math or science

  • Students with an SAT Math score of 650 or ACT score of 29 or higher are placed in Calculus I (MTH210).
  • Students with an SAT Math score of 640 or ACT score of 28 or lower are required to take the placement test for Math and Science majors.

Writing

  • Students with an SAT Writing score of 530 or higher AND an SAT Reading score of 500 or higher are placed into Expository Writing (CMP120) for 3 credits. No placement test is required.
  • Students with an SAT Writing score of 520 or lower OR an SAT Reading score of 490 or lower will be placed into CMP 115. If you would like to challenge this initial placement and attempt to be placed into CMP 120, you are welcome to take the Writing Placement Test on the first day of your orientation session.
  • Students with an ACT English score of 23 or higher will be placed into Expository Writing (CMP120) and no test is required.
  • Students with an ACT English score of 22 or lower will be placed into CMP 115. If you would like to challenge this initial placement and attempt to be placed into CMP 120, you are welcome to take the Writing Placement Test on the first day of your orientation session.

Foreign Language

Foreign Language Placement: ANY Rider student who would like to take a language course, and ALL Liberal Arts, Sciences, and Education students who must take language courses to fulfill the core language requirement, must fill out the form and then follow the instructions to go on to complete the online placement test in order to be placed properly.  Please Note:  Liberal Arts, Sciences and Education students will not be given a schedule at Orientation unless they have completed the online test, so it is important to take it as soon as possible before summer Orientation.


Music Theory and Piano

Lawrenceville campus students with the following majors are required to take the Music Theory Placement Test: BA in Arts Administration, BA in Music, Bachelor of Arts in Music (instrument), Bachelor of Music in Music Theory (Piano & Voice). Check in for the Music Theory Placement Test is at 8 a.m. on May 21 and July 15.

Lawrenceville campus with the following majors are required to participate in a Piano Placement Hearing: Bachelor of Arts in Music (instrument) EXCEPT Keyboard Primary, Bachelor of Music in Music Theater (Voice).


Reading

Students with a verbal SAT score of 470 or less, or an ACT score of 19 or less will be placed into College Reading (CRC 100).