Academic Testing and Placement

Writing placement

  • If a student scores at or above 520 on the SAT Writing or 24 on the ACT English, they will be enrolled in ENG 110 (or CLEP).
  • If a student scores below 520 on the SAT Writing or 24 on the ACT English, they must complete a brief survey about high school writing experiences. Depending on results and high school GPA, the student will be enrolled in either ENG 101 or ENG 110.

Math and reading proficiencies

To be placed in the appropriate courses, all new students must demonstrate proficiency in math and reading. Proficiency requirements are as follows:

Math

The Math Proficiency will be fulfilled if a student meets one of the following:

  • Scores at or above 550 on the (pre-2016) SAT Math
  • Scores at or above 570 on the (new 2016) SAT Math
  • Scores at or above 24 on the ACT Math

Students not meeting the above conditions must take the Math Proficiency exam. If the Math Proficiency exam is not passed, the student must enroll in MAT 100 Fundamentals of Math. Failure to pass the Math Proficiency exam at the end of MAT 100 will require the student to enroll in MAT 100 Fundamentals of Math the following semester.

Reading

The Reading Proficiency will be fulfilled if a student meets one of the following:

  • Scores at or above 540 on the (pre-2016) SAT Critical Reading
  • Scores at or above 29 on the (new 2016) SAT Reading
  • Scores at or above 23 on the ACT English

Students not meeting the above conditions must take the Reading Proficiency exam. If the Reading Proficiency exam is not passed, the student must enroll in IAS 140 Academic Reading.

Advanced placement

The College Board Advanced Placement Program (AP) is designed to test the knowledge of secondary school students who have taken college-level courses in high school. The tests are offered at participating schools in May of each year. Students must request that a copy of the AP grade report be sent to Taylor University.

Taylor offers college credit according to specific institutional criteria. Learn more about Taylor’s AP policies and specific course requirements. Please note all applicable deadlines and requirements.

For information or assistance regarding AP, contact your high school or contact the AP program.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) offers credit to students who earn satisfactory scores on a select list of subject examinations. Taylor offers college credit in selected courses according to specific criteria. Learn more about Taylor’s CLEP policies and specific course requirements. Please note all applicable deadlines and requirements.

CLEP subject examinations may be taken at Taylor University or at other CLEP testing centers throughout the country. For a list of testing centers, contact the CLEP program.

The fee for CLEP subject examinations taken at Taylor University is $80 per exam plus $15 administration fee and $20 per credit hour recording fee.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

International Baccalaureate (IB) is a rigorous pre-university course of study that leads to examinations. For a student to obtain IB credit, the courses must be at the higher level (HL), scores must be 5 or higher, courses for the major are subject to departmental review, and transcripts must be requested from the IB office and not the high school.

For additional information, please contact Taylor University’s Office of the Registrar.

For questions or to request more information, contact the Testing Office:

Kimberly Case, Director of the Testing Office

Cindi Carder, Program Assistant

Phone: 765.998.5373
Fax: 765.998.4577

Language Placement Testing information can be found in the Modern Languages Department area.