Writing and Math Placement Exams
Writing Placement: New students will complete the Writing Placement during Orientation. Upon completing the Writing Placement, each student will be placed in one of four levels. To graduate from Hartwick, students must achieve writing competency at Level 4. Very few students place directly into Level 4 and must, therefore, complete requirements that will help them achieve that level by the end of their undergraduate career. For more information, visit the Writing Competency Requirement Web page.
New students take the Math Placement exam at Orientation so they are sure to only enroll in a mathematics course for which they have sufficient mathematical background. The math placement exam score places students at one of five different levels (described below). The Mathematics Department offers courses at a wide range of levels for students of varying backgrounds. In addition, other departments at Hartwick use math placement levels to help indicate student preparedness for some courses.
Level 1: Students placed at Level 1 are not likely to be successful in a college math course. However, students are allowed to enroll in Math 108: Statistics after arranging for a personal tutor.
Level 2: Students placed at Level 2 may enroll in MATH 108: Statistics.
Level 3: Students placed at Level 3 also may enroll in MATH 120: Pre-Calculus and MATH 150: The Heart of Mathematics.
Level 4: Students placed at Level 4 also may enroll in MATH 110: Problem Solving through Recreational Mathematics.
Level 5: Students placed at Level 5 may enroll in any of the above courses as well as MATH 121: Single Variable Calculus.
Special Accommodations Policy Statement:
The student who requires testing accommodations during the Writing or Math Placement Exams should contact the Coordinator of Accessibility Services to discuss this request at least one week prior to the exam. Accommodations can be requested only by the student. The student must state his/her orientation date and the accommodation need.
Appropriate documentation justifying the need for the accommodation should be mailed or faxed to Hartwick College, Center for Student Success, Coordinator of Accessibility Services prior to the exam. Contact information: phone: 607-431-4546, fax: 607-431-4567. In the event that documentation cannot be sent out prior to Orientation, we will, in good faith, proceed to accommodate for the writing and math placement only.