Placement Exams

The first step to success in college is being in courses where you can thrive. To help us place you in the right courses, Hartwick requires new students to complete placement exams.


Writing Placement:

As a new student, you’ll complete the Writing Placement during Welcome Weekend Orientation.

Writing placement results determine your starting writing sequence course level and may result in an adjustment to your Fall Term course schedule. Note that writing placement scores range from 1 to 4; all students must achieve a level 4 before graduation as a component of the LAiP general education curriculum requirements by completing a sequencing of courses based on their initial writing level score.  For more information, visit the Writing Competency Requirement webpage.

Math Placement (Online, due June 1):

All students must complete the online Math Placement. Results of the placement are used to establish your math level; it does not mean that you must enroll in a math course. Math placement results, which range from 1-5, determine the level of math-related course-work for which you are able to enroll, ensuring your level of preparedness for success in the course. Several courses throughout the academic departments have such math level requirements.

Instructions for taking the Math Placement Exam:

Log in to the Hartwick College D2L platform – you will need your Hartwick network username and password. If you have trouble logging in, contact the Technology Resource Center at 607-431-4357, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Once logged in, click My Courses, and then Math Placement Exam 2019. Next, click on Quizzes on the top navbar. Under Current Quizzes, you will see Math Placement 2019 Exam – click on it and follow instructions. When you complete the exam, click Go to Submit Quiz.

If you do not finish the exam within the time limit, be sure to submit what you have completed. Good luck!

Foreign Language Placement (Online, due June 1):

College offers great opportunities for enhancing foreign language skills. All students prior to enrolling at Hartwick should complete the online placement in the language they wish to study to assist us in planning your courses. Also, be sure to indicate on your Academic Course Planner if you would like to continue studying the language you have had experience in or whether you prefer to branch out to start a new language.

Instructions for completing your Foreign Language Placement exam:

  1. Click on this link: Foreign Language Placement Exam
  2. Enter the password: hawks1
  3. Select the language you would like to take a test in: French, Russian, Spanish
  4. Follow the online instructions.

Chemistry Placement (During Welcome Weekend):

New students who are enrolled in Chemistry 107 their first semester will complete the Chemistry Placement exam during Welcome Weekend Orientation. This placement test does not affect your ability to take Chem 107; however, those who earn a high score are invited to take Chemistry 109, an accelerated course.

Test Accommodations for Students With Disabilities:

Students with documented disabilities who require testing adjustments during placement exams should contact AccessAbility Services.


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