Placement processes at Catawba College are designed to help students and their advisors make informed decisions about course selection. Placement is conducted in math, composition, and foreign languages.
Catawba's general education curriculum calls for intermediate level proficiency in foreign language and offers French, Spanish, and German. The Modern Foreign Language Department encourages students to begin college study at the highest level for which they are prepared.
Only students who seek placement recommendations above the 1001 level (Elementary I) and/or exemption from the language requirement on the basis of proficiency should report to the test.
Unlike foreign language, placement for composition is determined by the orientation staff. Composition placement is done by a writing sample. Dr. Gordon Grant, Coordinator of Rhetoric and Composition, determines which students will be asked to take a writing sample. Most students do not need a placement test for composition, and those who do are notified upon arrival.
Math placement is managed through personal interviews by members of the mathematics department during Orientation.