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Biola Placement Exams & Surveys

Biola University offers placements in the following subject areas: writing, science, foreign language and music. Review each selection below for information about the placement and which ones you are required to complete.

Writing

Because there are several ways to meet the Biola Core/General Education writing requirement, incoming students submit a short survey to indicate how they plan to fulfill the requirement. If a student plans to enroll in ENGL 112 or ENGL 100 at Biola, they will submit a writing sample or eligible test scores. Otherwise, students who have already completed a writing class via transfer or test credit are still required to complete the form for the English Writing Program.

Writing Placement Survey

Science

Chemistry and Physics placement is required for select majors in the School of Science, Technology and Health. See information below for the majors that require placement.

General Chemistry

The following majors require placement for General Chemistry — CHEM 105:

  • Allied Health
  • Applied Physics
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Science
  • Chemistry
  • Engineering Physics
  • Health Sciences
  • Kinesiology: Exercise Science
  • Physical Science
  • Physics
  • Public Health: Pre-Health Professions

CHEM 105 Placement

Bio & Organic Chemistry

The following majors require placement for Organic and Bio Chemistry — CHEM 120:

  • Nursing
  • Kinesiology: Health & Human Performance

CHEM 120 Placement

Physics

The following majors require placement for General Physics — Physics 111/112 or PHSC 132/134:

  • Applied Physics
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Science
  • Chemistry
  • Engineering Physics
  • Health Sciences
  • Kinesiology: Exercise Science
  • Physical Science
  • Physics
  • Public Health: Pre-Health Professions

Physics Placement

Foreign Language

Biola offers courses in the following languages: American Sign Language, German, French, Russian, and Spanish. B.A. students who intend to complete their language requirement with Spanish, German, or French at Biola, and have prior language study should complete the online placement exam.

Foreign language requirements are determined by degree (find and review the Program Requirements for your degree). Students are strongly encouraged to satisfy their foreign language requirement during their freshman and sophomore years.

Language Placement & Requirements

Music

Only students pursuing a music major or minor are required to take music placement exams.

Music Majors, Minors, and Musical Theatre Majors need to complete their placement at the Conservatory, or at home with an approved proctor. The test may be taken when the student comes to campus at the start of their semester, though it is highly recommended that their assessments be completed upon acceptance to the Conservatory.

Complete Music Placement Surveys