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Placement Exam Instructions

Completing your required placement exams is one of the most important tasks you need to do before you arrive for New Student Registration. These exams are intended to determine the proper course level for certain subjects, and help ensure you aren't placed in a class that is too easy or too difficult. Scores are for placement purposes only. Your academic advisor will use the scores to help you choose appropriate courses that fit your academic plan.

If you are attending New Student Registration on: Your exams must be completed by:
Friday, April 20 March 31 
Friday, April 27 March 31
Saturday, April 28 March 31
Friday, May 18 April 30
Friday, June 8 May 15
Friday, June 15 May 20
Saturday, June 16 May 20
Friday, June 22 May 20

Which placement exams do I take?

Please reference your "To Do List" on My.Butler, where required placement exams will be listed based on declared college and major.

*Note for transfer students: You will be informed individually via email about any required placement exams during the transfer process and as transfer credits are evaluated. Therefore the "To Do List" will not list placement exams for transfer students.

*Note for first-year students: If you have received updated SAT or ACT scores that may eliminate the need for certain placement exams, please be sure to submit those scores to the Office of Admission as soon as possible.

How To Get Started

You'll complete your placement exams using Moodle, Butler's learning management platform. Access to Moodle begins once you are confirmed for a New Student Registration date.

Before you begin, ensure you have set aside plenty of time to complete any required exams in a distraction–free environment. 

Use your Butler username and password to login to Moodle. Once you are logged in, from the Navigation Block on the left, click on My Courses (if it is not already expanded), then click on the category Placement Exams and choose the appropriate placement exam to begin.  

Please note:

  • You have only one attempt to complete any of the placement exams. There are no "retries."
  • A timer is located within each testing environment. As soon as you click on "Attempt Quiz Now," the timer will start. Please note that the exams may take a few moments to load. 
  • There is no penalty for guessing.
  • To complete each exam, click "Next" and then "Submit All and Finish" on the two screens after the initial submission. If the timer runs out, the exam will be submitted automatically.
  • If you are a student with a properly documented disability and eligible to receive an accommodation (i.e., extended time) for placement exams, do not proceed with exams until you have contacted Student Disability Services. Special accommodation arrangements can be made for online placement exams; however, advance notice is required. Please contact Student Disability Services at 317-940-9308 or sds@butler.edu.

Math Placement

Who Must Take the Math Placement Exam? Any student whose ACT math score is 28 or below or SAT math score is 640 or below

Time Limit: 45 minutes

Special Information: The math placement exam measures preparation for Butler mathematics courses that may be required for certain major or minor programs of study.  A scientific calculator is needed for some of the questions on the exam; graphing or programmable calculators are not allowed.

Instructions:

  1. You may use a non-graphing calculator to complete the math exam. If you do not have a calculator available, use your computer’s calculator.
     
  2. You have 45 minutes to complete the math placement exam which consists of 32 questions. Please be sure to submit the exam before the 45 minutes has expired. If you have not submitted the exam once the allotted time has expired, it will automatically be submitted for you.
     
  3. Once you start the exam, you will not be able to return to the previous screens.
     
  4. To submit the completed exam, you must click “Next” and then “Submit All and Finish” on the two screens after the initial submission.

Foreign Language Placement

Who Must Take a Foreign Language Exam?

  • All students with majors in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (LAS) and the College of Communication (CCOM) and who took Chinese, French, German, Latin or Spanish in high school (or who may have other extensive experience). These two colleges have a foreign language requirement.
  • ​International Business majors in the Lacy School of Business (LSB) also have a language requirement.
  • Any student who plans to have a second major or a minor in a language or has a general interest in continuing language studies at Butler. 
  • If you are unsure about your academic major or degree requirements, it is recommended that you complete a language placement exam.
  • Online placement exams are not currently available for American Sign Language and Greek. Enrollment in the ASL 1 course is available to students majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders. There is limited availability in the course for students in other majors. 

Time Limit: 
French, German, Spanish: 60 minutes (Sections include: Grammar, Reading Comprehension, and Listening)
Latin: 60 minutes (Sections include: Grammar, Translation, Reading Comprehension)
Chinese: 90 minutes (Sections include: Listening, Grammar, Reading Comprehension)

Special Information: If you intend to begin a new language at Butler, you will start at the 101 level and are not required to take a placement exam in the new language. If this is your intention, please contact us so we are aware.

Instructions:

  1. You have a designated amount of time to complete all sections of the foreign language placement exam in the language that you intend to study at Butler. 
     
  2. ​Please be sure to submit the exam before the time has expired. If you have not submitted the exam once the allotted time has expired, it will automatically be submitted for you.
  3. Once you start the exam, you will not be able to return to the previous screens.
     
  4. To submit the completed exam, you must click “Next” and then “Submit All and Finish” on the two screens after the initial submission.

Chemistry Placement

Who Must Take the Chemistry Placement Exam? Any student whose curriculum requires enrollment in General Chemistry, CH 105, or above. This includes majors/minors in Pre-Pharmacy, Health Sciences, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering Dual Degree Program, Physics, Pre-Health*, Exploratory Natural Sciences, and Secondary Education-Chemistry. 

*The term Pre-Health for placement exam purposes implies an intention to take pre-requisite courses for graduate programs in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, physical therapy, or any other health profession that requires Chemistry courses.

Time Limit: 2 hours

Special Information: The chemistry placement is not required for Natural World Core Curriculum courses.

Instructions: 

  1. You have 2 hours to complete the Chemistry Placement Exam which consists of 35 questions. Please be sure to submit the exam before the 2 hours has expired. If you have not submitted the exam once the allotted time has expired, it will automatically be submitted for you.
     
  2. Once you begin the exam, you can access the Periodic Table of Elements by clicking a link on the left side of the exam page. The table will appear in a new browser tab that will be accessible to you throughout your exam.
     
  3. ​Once you start the exam, you will not be able to return to the previous screens.
     
  4. ​To submit the completed exam, you must click “Next” and then “Submit All and Finish” on the two screens after the initial submission. 

Writing Placement

Who Must Take the Writing Placement Exam? Any student whose ACT English score is 20 or below or SAT critical reading score is 520 or below

Time Limit: 90 minutes

Special Information: The writing placement exam determines enrollment for the EN101 Writing Tutorial, a 3-credit hour writing course designed to be taken concurrently with FYS101. Students who place into the EN101 Writing Tutorial are provided with additional writing and composition assistance to assure success in the First Year Seminar sequence.

Piano Keyboard Placement

Who Must Take this Exam: All Jordan College of the Arts (JCA) music and dance majors. 

Special Information: Prior to your academic advising appointment, music and dance majors will complete a piano keyboard placement the day of Registration. 

Music Theory Placement

Who Must Take this Exam: All Jordan College of the Arts (JCA) music majors. 

Special Information: If needed, a music theory placement exam will be completed prior to your academic advising appointment during the New Student Registration day.

Academic Integrity and Placement Exams

Academic integrity is vital when completing placement exams for Butler University. Prior to each exam, students are 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.