Placement processes at Catawba College are designed to help students and their advisors make informed decisions about course selection. Placement is conducted for English composition and foreign languages.
Catawba's general education curriculum calls for intermediate level proficiency in foreign language. 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, held during Welcome Weekend. Native speakers of Spanish should take the placement to assess competency and native speakers of languages other than English and Spanish will see Dr. Wilson, Chair of Modern Foreign Language, to certify competency.
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 on arrival.