The listed Placement Exams are required for the following majors:
Business: Calculus Exam
Nursing: Chemistry Exam
Music (all concentrations): Music Exams
Physical Education (Teaching and Coaching): Chemistry Exam
Calculus (Business Majors only)
Who takes it and how to sign up:
1. If you have taken Calculus I (Biola MATH 105, AP Calculus AB score 3 or higher, or equivalent), then requirement is fulfilled.
2. Prerequisite: Pass exam administered by the math department or provide evidence of a C or better grade in a college Intermediate Algebra class or above in the past year.
The fall exam will take place on August 23, 2013 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm in Business 109. Contact the math department, 562.903.4741, to schedule an appointment in not taking the exam during Orientation.
Requirement to pass:
A score of 70% is required to pass.
The exam is multiple choice. A calculator is not permitted. Exam topics include:
- Working with fractions (add, multiply, divide)
- Order of operations
- Substitute numbers into expressions and simplify
- Complex fractions
- Powers and exponents
- Subtracting polynomials
- Multiplying expressions with variables, FOIL
- Solving polynomial equations
- Simplify fractions
- Simple word problems
- Two equations in two variables
Writing an expression with an inequality
Additionally, the Math Department has found the following study guide helpful for students taking the exam: http://www.khanacademy.org/#
You will only be allowed to take this exam once and if you do not pass you will be required to take a 2.5-week online course to learn the pre-requisite material. After taking and passing the online course, you will be required to retake and pass the proficiency exam prior to enrolling in BUSN 223 Calculus for Management Science.
The pre-requisite class is free, is not part of official enrollment so students can begin the class at any time by contacting Distance Learning (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Who takes it:
Students who need to take:
- Chem 112 for Nursing Majors and Physical Education (Teaching and Coaching) Majors only
- Chem 105 for all other science majors (Majors included: BioChemistry, Biological Science, Engineering Physics, Environmental Science, Human Biology, Physical Science [Chemistry, Physics], Kinesiology [Exercise Science and Pre-Physical Therapy])
The fall exams will take place on August 23, 2013 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm in Sutherland Auditorium (Chem 105) and Bardwell 112 (Chem 112). If you already took this exam over the summer or at Science & Health Advising Day, you are not required to take the exam.
The Spring exam will take place on Thursday, , in Bardwell 112.
The Chemistry 112 examine is closed book, closed notes, but a non-programmable calculator is permitted.
The Chemistry 105 examine is closed book, closed notes, and a calculator is not permitted.
- Chemistry 104 Summer Course Instructions
- "Are you ready for Chemistry this fall at Biola?" web site
- Study Guide for Chemistry 105 Placement Exam
- Study Guide for Chemistry 112 Placement Exam
Who takes it:
Biochemistry, Biological Science, Engineering Physics, Environmental Science, Human Biology, Kinesiology, Physical Science [Chemistry, Physics]
The fall exam will take place on August 23, 2013 from 2:30 to 4:00 pm in Sutherland Auditorium. If you already took this exam over the summer or at Science & Health Advising Day, you are not required to take the exam.
The spring exam will take place on on Friday, Jan. 24 9:00-10:30, in Bardwell 112.
Basic Physics Placement Exam Study Guide
You should be able to work simple problems involving the following skills. The exam is closed book, closed notes, but a non-programmable calculator is permitted. Conversion factors between units (lb. to kg. etc.) will be given to you in a table. You should know basic metric conversions (cm to meters).
Some of the areas covered on the test include:
- Simple algebra involving manipulation of equations involving exponents, multiplication, division, addition and subtraction of positive and negative numbers.
- Simplification of equations using basic algebra. “Solving” of an equation for a particular variable.
- Basic trigonometry problems involving sines, cosines, tangents, and their inverse functions.
- Working with algebraic equations involving inequalities (<, >, etc.).
- Conversions involving various measurement units, when the conversion factors are provided. (The type of problems that can be solved by “canceling units”.)
- Using simple geometric concepts (circles, radii, diameters, and areas) and trigonometry (sides and hypotenuse of right triangles) to set up and solve word problems.
- Correct use of rounding, significant figures and “places to the right of the decimal” to express precision in calculations involving addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
- Expressing numbers in scientific notation, and calculations involving numbers written this way.
- Using substitution of variable’s units to check whether an equation is reasonable.
- Convert between masses, volumes, and densities (grams per cubic meter, etc.).
- Recognize quadratic equations (the quadratic formula need not be memorized).
- Express equations involving powers (xa, etc.) in terms of logarithms (a log(x), etc.)
- Recognize the equation of a line (y = mx + b), understand and use the concepts of slope, x-intercept, and y-intercept.
- Recognize when equations are not linear (y = mx2 + b, for example).
- Know and use simple metric prefixes: (micro, milli, centi, kilo, mega)
- Understand in very basic conceptual terms what a vector is, and how vectors are added.
Music: Diagnostic Theory Placement Exam
Who takes it:
The Diagnostic Theory Placement Exam is administered to all prospective Music Majors and Minors during their music application process (the music application is separate from the university application). The exam does not affect acceptance or scholarship distribution in any way. It is merely a diagnostic tool to determine the academic level of each student for music theory course registration. Only seniors in high school through college transfer level students may take this exam.
Music Majors will have completed this exam prior to acceptance into the major and prior to registering for courses.
When is it available?
The placement exam is available throughout the academic year and is administered in the music building for students who have already begun the music application process. The music office has daily (M-F) exam start times of 9:30am, 10:00am, 10:30am, 1:00pm and 1:30pm.
The exam covers material from our basic level theory courses. The best way to prepare would be to review:
- Key Signatures
- Collegiate level terminology
- Time signatures
- Circle of fifths
- Basic 4-part writing
⁃ Robert Ottman's Elementary Harmony: Theory and Practice
⁃ Robert Ottman's Advanced Harmony: Theory and Practice
Music: Written Theory, Sight-singing and Dictation Exam
Who takes it:
This exam is mandatory for all Music Majors.
The fall exam will take place on August 23, 2013 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm in Crowell Hall Room 122. The Director of the Conservatory will be giving a brief overview of the Conservatory of Music prior to the exams.
Music: Keyboard Placement Exam
Who takes it:
All non-keyboard Music Majors (including Composition and Worship majors with piano emphasis) are required to take this exam.
The fall exam will take place on August 23, 2013 from 2:00 to 5:30 pm in Crowell Hall Room 105. Each student will sign up for one test period (of approximately five minutes) during this time. The sign up sheet will be available during the Theory Placement Exam.