The Foreign Language Placement section will help you determine what foreign language you are requried to take at Biola.
The listed Placement Exams are required for the following majors:
Nursing: Chemistry Exam
Music (all concentrations): Music Exams
Physical Education (Teaching and Coaching): Chemistry Exam
Foreign Language Placement
To find out your foreign language requirements, select your major below and complete the linked form:
Please Select Your Major
Spanish Placement Exam
If you are required to take the Spanish Placement exam, then you can do it completely online. Please set aside a minimum of one hour for taking the Spanish Placement Test - it will likely not take you this long, but it must be taken in one sitting and cannot be repeated, so plan for that time.
Use the following link for access to the Spanish Placement Exam:
The password to access the test is: password
Upon completion, please contact the Modern Languages department at firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your placement level.
Chemistry Placement Exam
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 22, 2014 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm in Sutherland Auditorium (Chem 105) and Bardwell 112 (Chem 112/Nursing). If you already took this exam over the summer or at Science & Health Advising Day, you are not required to take the exam.
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
Physics 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 22, 2014 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.
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 22, 2014 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 22, 2014 from 2:00 to 4:30 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.