Summer Advising – Bates Placement Tests

Students who wish to continue a foreign language or the study of mathematics at Bates should take the placement tests the relevant departments and programs provide.  The result of the test will indicate which level course a student should register for.  Students who have questions about the results of their Math placement test or the appropriate course to register for should contact Prof. Martin Montgomery by email:

Students with questions about their language exams or course registrations should contact the chairs of the department in question by email:

Students should note that the Math placement test is not the same as the Quantitative and Scientific Reasoning Assessment students take before Orientation.   The QSR test is designed to assess a student’s preparedness for college level math and science class relative to other incoming Bates First-Year students.  Students’ First Year Advisors will explain their test results and suggest appropriate entry level math and science courses based on those results.

It is not uncommon for students who wish to continue their study of math or foreign languages to undervalue their readiness for college-level courses. This approach is deprecated.  Students who place themselves in lower level courses than their placement tests recommend, often do worse than they would in an appropriate course because they become bored with their work.