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 (Online):

​As a new student, you’ll complete a Writing Placement Exam online (open May 1 to June 1). 
As a transfer student you might be excused depending on the writing courses you have taken, see bottom of page for details.

Letter to New Students about the Writing Placement Exam

Writing placement results determine your starting writing sequence course level. Note that writing placement levels range from 1 to 3; all students complete the writing component of the 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.

Instructions for taking the Writing Placement Exam (open May 1 to June 1):

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 to: Hartwick College D2L platform

  1. Scroll down to My Courses, and then click Writing Placement Exam 2020-21.
  2. Next, click on Quizzes on the top navigation bar. Under Current Quizzes, you will see Academic Honesty Policy and Writing Placement Exam 2020. 
  3. First, click on Academic Honesty Policy and follow the instructions.
  4. Then, click on Writing Placement Exam 2020-21 and follow the instructions.
  5. When you complete the exam, click Submit Quiz.
  6. If you do not finish the exam within the time limit, be sure to submit what you have completed.
  7. Good luck!

​​Students with documented disabilities that merit additional support services should contact Lara Sanford, Director of AccessAbility Services, at 607-431-4546 or AccessAbilityServices@hartwick.edu.

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Math Placement (Online):

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 to: Hartwick College D2L platform

  1. Click My Courses, and then Math Placement Exam 2020-21.
  2. Next, click on Quizzes on the top navbar. Under Current Quizzes, you will see Math Placement 2020-21 Exam
  3. Click on Math Placement 2020-21 Exam and follow instructions.
  4. When you complete the exam, click Go to Submit Quiz
  5. If you do not finish the exam within the time limit, be sure to submit what you have completed.
  6. Good luck!

Foreign Language Placement (Online):

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. Click this link to set up your account:

Complete your Foreign Language Placement exam.


Test Accommodations for Students With Disabilities:

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

Some transfer students will not need to complete the Writing Placement Exam if they have earned a C or better in a college-level composition course from an accredited collegiate institution. See the full transfer credit policy below:

Transfer Credit Policy for Writing Courses

Transfer credit from nationally and regionally accredited colleges is given for courses substantially similar to those offered at Hartwick College, completed with a grade of C or higher.  For the purposes of Hartwick College’s Writing Competency Program, students who before entry have attained a grade of C or better in a college-level composition course offered at an accredited collegiate institution will receive college credit for ENGL-110 (“College Writing”). College-level composition courses taken as part of a dual-enrollment program qualify for this allowance.  “AP” credit high school courses do not qualify for this allowance.  (Note: those meeting this policy are excused from taking the Writing Placement Exam). 

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