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Academic Assessments

Math Readiness Assessment

You will need to complete the Math Readiness Assessment, accessible through Blackboard (instructions below). The Math Readiness Assessment will ask you a series of questions to direct you to the appropriate readiness assessment or to enter your AP Calculus or Calculus transfer credit information. Completion is REQUIRED prior to advising for registration and enables the College/School offices to determine the math course that is best suited to you and your program of study.

  • Log into Blackboard
  • On the right under My Courses, click Orientation Course—Summer 2019
  • Select the Math Readiness Assessment button at left
  • Complete the assessment or enter college-level credit as directed

If you experience any access issues, please contact the Drake Help Desk. 1-800-44-DRAKE (37253), x3001 or (515) 271-3001

Language Placement

Beginning in the fall of 2019, Drake will offer a Major in Spanish Language and Culture, in addition to a minor in Spanish and Latin American Studies. The Department of World Languages and Cultures at Drake also offers minors in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and East Asian Studies.

If you are planning to continue studying a language you have studied previously, you will need to take the placement exam. If you are continuing in Chinese, French, German, or Spanish, go to the Language Placement Test Site: Password – WLCfall16.

If you are studying Arabic or Japanese, please speak with your advisor at or before Orientation so that an alternative placement exam can be arranged.

If you are not studying a language at Drake or beginning with a language that is new to you, you do not need to take an exam.

For more information about what is offered through the Department of World Languages and Cultures, please click here.

Music Theory Assessment 

Music majors will receive information on this assessment in late May.

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