During New Student Orientation (NSO), academic advisers assist new students in evaluating their educational plans by providing them, prior to initial registration, with a review of placement test results along with individualized educational planning and academic advising. The testing component of NSO is used for educational planning and academic advising purposes, to determine a student’s appropriate starting levels in mathematics and chemistry course sequences. English composition course placement is determined by the SAT-W score. Course selections are guided by a student’s academic goals, their prior academic experiences, highest SAT-Evidence-Based Reading score, and highest ALEKS Math Assessment score.
In addition, World Language course placement is determined by the level of previous study and/or time that has elapsed between a student's previous world language study and admission to Penn State. Placement also may be determined by non-course work knowledge of world languages.
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