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Placement Testing Information

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Math

Liberal Arts, Education, and Fine and Performing Arts students

  • There will be NO math placement testing for incoming Liberal Arts, Education, and Fine and Performing Arts students.
  • Science and Mathematics Majors will take an online Math Placement Test prior to attending Orientation placement in a mathematics course. Details on this placement test will be included in the College of Liberal Arts and Science Dean's Welcome Letter.
  • Students enrolled in MTH 102: Finite Mathematics will be given a brief test, prepared by the Mathematics Department, during the first five business days of the semester. Those placing below a minimum score set by the Mathematics Department on the test will be required to participate in one hour of structured tutoring per week concurrent with taking the course. All others enrolled in the class will be encouraged to participate in tutoring.

Business students

Business students not majoring in Actuarial Science:

  • Students with a Math SAT score of 570 or ACT score of 23 or higher are placed in Quantitative Methods for Business (MSD105). No placement test is required.
  • Students with a Math SAT score of 560 or lower or ACT score of 22 or lower are required to take an online Math Placement Test prior to attending Orientation. Details on this placement test will be included in the Norm Brodsky College of Business Dean’s Welcome Letter.

Business students majoring in Actuarial Science:

  • Students with a Math SAT score of 650 or higher or ACT score of 28 or higher are placed in Calculus I (MTH 210). No placement test is required.
  • Students with a Math SAT score of 640 or lower or ACT score of 27 or lower are required to take an online Math Placement Test prior to attending Orientation. Details on this placement test will be included in the Norm Brodsky College of Business Dean’s Welcome Letter.

Writing

  • The majority of incoming first year students will be placed into CMP 120: Seminar in Writing and Rhetoric.
  • Students will only be placed in CMP 125: Seminar in Writing and Research for their first semester at Rider if they have transfer credits or an AP English score of 4 or higher.

Foreign Language

ANY Rider student who would like to take a language course and all College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and Education students are required to take a foreign language as part of their general education curriculum. Students who have previously studied a foreign language and are interested in continuing the same language are encouraged to take a class this fall to maintain proficiency. The Foreign Language Placement Test will be available starting June 1. Please complete it by June 19 to determine proper placement for course scheduling.

Access the Foreign Language Placement Test


Music Theory and Piano

Students will receive information from the Westminster College of the Arts Dean's Office regarding Placement Testing in June. Westminster Choir College students will be taking their Placement Tests on campus in the fall. School of Fine and Performing Arts students will take the Music Theory Test online over the summer and any other placement tests will occur on campus in the fall.