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Proficiency Exams

​​​​​​​​​​​​​Students in BAIFA and other competence-based degree programs (which end in Spring 2023) are no longer eligible to take proficiency exams.

​Proficiency exams will end for all students after Spring Quarter 2023.

Each exam requires a non-refundable $300 assessment fee. You must take a proficiency exam at least two quarters before the quarter you plan to graduate. Exam review decisions are final. Email SCPSexams@depaul.edu with any questions.

The Critical Thinking exam is offered once each quarter. Follow the steps below to register and complete the exam:

  1. Request registeration for the Critical Thinking exam by emailing SCPSassessment@depaul.edu. This course, LL 62 Critical Thinking Proficiency Exam, will be activated in D2L before the quarter begins.
  2. Exam materials will be available in D2L during the two weeks of the scheduled exam. Login to https://d2l.depaul.edu using your Campus Connect ID and password. The exam is available for completion from January 30, 2023 at 9 am (CST) until February 13, 2023 at 11:59 pm (CST) for Winter Quarter 2023. Please note the exam contains four sections, one of which is timed.
  3. Please refer to LL 270 Critical Thinking syllabi for an overview of tested concepts.

Exam results will be available at the end of the quarter in D2L.

Deadline: Exam portfolio must be submitted to D2L by February 13, 2023 at 11:59 pm (CST) for Winter Quarter. Submissions will not be accepted after that date. Students are only permitted to register for the Critical Thinking exam one time. If a student does not pass the exam or does not complete the exam, they will need to complete the requirement by taking the class.

The Quantitative Reasoning exam is offered once each quarter. Follow the steps below to register and complete the exam:

  1. Gather and edit materials per the Quantitative Reasoning exam instructions.
  2. Request registration for Quantitative Reasoning exam by emailing SCPSassessment@depaul.edu. This course, LL 63 MTH/ ALG Proficiency Exam, will be activated in D2L  before the quarter begins.
  3. Logon to https://d2l.depaul.edu using your Campus Connect ID and password. Upload completed materials into the course Submissions folder for assessment by the deadline.

Exam results will be available at the end of the quarter in D2L.

Deadline: Exam portfolio must be submitted to D2L by February 13, 2023 at 11:59 pm (CST) for Winter Quarter 2023. Submissions will not be accepted after that date.

The Essay Writing Proficiency Exam is offered once each quarter. Follow the steps below to register and complete the exam:

  1. Gather and edit materials according to the Essay Writing Proficiency Exam. Request registeration for the Critical Thinking exam by emailing SCPSassessment@depaul.edu. This course, LL 61 BAPS WRITING PROFICIENCY EXAM FEE ASSESSMENT, will be activated in D2L before the quarter begins.
  2. Login to https://d2l.depaul.edu using your Campus Connect ID and password. Upload each essay file and your Proficiency Cover Page form into the course Submissions folder for assessment by the deadline. The Cover Page form is in the Submissions folder.

Exam results will be available at the end of the quarter in D2L.

Deadline: The exam portfolio must be submitted to D2L by January 30, 2023 at 11:59pm (CST) for Winter Quarter 2023. Submissions will not be accepted after that date.