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Placement Exam FAQs

Completing required placement exams is one of the most important tasks you need to do in preparation for your registration day. Placement exams are intended to determine the proper course level for certain subjects. It is important that your knowledge is accurately measured so that you are not placed in a class that is either too easy or too difficult. Scores are for placement purposes only, and your academic advisor will use the scores to help you choose appropriate courses that fit your academic plan.

The following website has been designed to answer all your questions and assist you in preparing to take your exams: www.butler.edu/learning/placement-exams. As an incoming student, you should reference your 'To Do' list on your My.Butler account where required placement exams are listed based on declared college and major.

Exams are available thirty days prior to your scheduled New Student Registration date. All exams must be completed and submitted by 6:00 a.m. one week prior to your New Student Registration date.

If you are attending New Student Registration on: Your Placement Exams will be available on: Your Placement Exams must be completed by 6:00 a.m. on:
Friday, March 21 Wednesday, February 19 Friday, March 14
Friday, March 28 Wednesday, February 26 Friday, March 21
Friday, April 18 Wednesday, March 19 Friday, April 11
Friday, April 25 Wednesday,  March 26 Friday, April 18
Saturday, April 26 Wednesday, March 26 Friday,  April 18
Friday,  May 16 Wednesday, April 16 Friday, May 9
Friday, May 30 Wednesday, April 30 Friday, May 23
Friday, June 6 Wednesday, May 7 Friday, May 30
Friday, June 13 Wednesday, May 14 Friday, June 6

Frequently Asked Questions and Special Information

The following information will help you understand the placement process at Butler University. Please familiarize yourself with this important information prior to taking any placement exam.

What placement exams should I take if I'm unsure about my major or career path? ~ Show

Butler University placement exams may be required depending on your course of study and/or transferred credits. If your major or minor curriculum does not have a specific requirement (e.g., foreign language) but you have an interest in continuing your study of a language, it is recommended that you take the placement exam. For certain career interests, it may also be prudent to take additional exams which may not be required for your major. As an example, if you are considering a career in health sciences (e.g., medicine or dentistry) but are not majoring in the sciences, you should complete the chemistry placement exam.

How do I find out my placement exam results? ~ Show

Placement results are not made available to incoming students prior to New Student Registration. Your advisor will be made aware of your results and utilize them for course selection at registration.  

What services are offered if I have a documented disability? ~ Show

In order to be eligible for an accommodation such as extended time on the placement exams, please contact Student Disability Services at (317) 940-9308 or at www.butler.edu/disability. Documentation of your disability must be received by Student Disability Services at least one week prior to completing the exams for accommodations to be made.

Information for Incoming First-Year Students ~ Show

As an incoming first-year student, you may have several exams to complete prior to your New Student Registration session or phone advising session. Please reference the following trouble-shooting chart for any issues that may arise.

Issue Action Steps for Resolution
I forgot my password.

Go to password.butler.edu to reset your password. If you still have difficulty, call (317) 940-8298 and select Option 1.

I cannot see or hear all of the exam questions. If you are using one of the required browsers (Firefox or Chrome) and still cannot see or hear all of the exam questions, call (317) 940-8298 and select Option 1.
I took too long and the exam has timed out. As you take your exam, be conscious of the time clock on the left-hand side in the Quiz Navigation block. Submit your exam before your time is finished. If you do time out of your exam and cannot proceed to the next section, call (317) 940-8298 and select Option 2.
I have a question about New Student Registration. Call (317) 940-8298 and select Option 3.

*Note that the placement exam assistance phone line is only answered during regular business hours on Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Messages will be returned the following business day.    

Information for Transfer Students ~ Show

Butler University placement exams may be required depending on your course of study and transferred credits. You will be notified by the Learning Resource Center as to which placement exams you are required to complete. Please see Placement Exams Instructions page for further details. Click here for detailed information on the transfer process.

Taking the Placement Exams

See detailed information on taking placement exams.

Academic Integrity and Placement Exams

Academic integrity is vital when completing placement exams for Butler University. Prior to each exam, students will be asked to certify and adhere to the following:

By submitting my answers to this exam at Butler University, I certify that I have not obtained any exam materials, have no prior knowledge of the exam questions or answers, and have not and will not accept any solicitation for the exam questions or answers from anyone at any time before or after the exam. Furthermore, I understand that any violation, falsification, or misrepresentation may result in the University's decision that I am not eligible for admission, or if I enroll, its decision to dismiss me, regardless of the date of discovery, is at the sole discretion of Butler University.