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Placement Tests/Credit by Exam

All new DePaul students are required to complete online placement tests in math, and in some instances modern languages, prior to registering for orientation.  These placement tests ensure you are registered in a course that best builds on your current skills so that you can succeed in your studies at DePaul. During your orientation, you will meet with an academic advisor who will discuss the results of your online placement tests, your prior course history and other standardized test scores to help you register for appropriate courses.

Note: There is no writing placement test. DePaul allows new students to self-select the first writing course (WRD 102 or 103). Students will complete a questionnaire during the placement test process that will provide them with a recommendation on which course to begin with during the quarter.

For detailed information about placement testing and basic steps for completing your tests online, visit the Office of Admission and Aid website.

Exemptions from Placement Tests

For students transferring course work or test credit for math, writing or modern languages, the Test Exemption Grid allows you to determine whether placement tests are needed based on the major you are pursuing.

Credit by Exam

The Office of the University Registrar also provides information about credit by exam and how to submit your AP, CLEP and IB scores, as well as their DePaul course equivalencies.​