All incoming students are required to take the Mathematics Placement Exam, which is available online through the new student portal. (You will need to sign in with your user name and password included in your admit packet.) If you are a continuing student, the placement exam is available through myGoucher, on the Student->Advising tab. The test is purely for advisory purposes and is used only to determine placement into your first mathematics course.

Writing Proficiency

Because Goucher courses require strong writing skills, we have a College Writing Proficiency requirement which students should meet by the end of freshman year, or as soon as possible in sophomore year. Transfer students should deal with the requirement immediately.

Because we define proficiency in terms of demonstrated skills, not courses taken, we need to know what skills you have to decide whether you need more training. Neither AP credit, test scores, nor prior composition courses taken at another institution would tell us as much about your writing as this essay. If you do not need to take another writing course to succeed at Goucher, this essay can demonstrate that fact.

Give yourself at least a full hour to develop this essay. Use more time if you need it-you will not be penalized. Click here to begin the Writing Placement Essay.

Foreign Language

Graduation requirements include proficiency in a foreign language at the intermediate level. The Language Placement Test is used to place you in the language course appropriate to your present knowledge and proficiency. We encourage all entering students to take the test in the language studied in high school even if they are considering beginning a different language in college.

No dictionaries or other sources may be used during the test. Native speakers of a foreign language should follow the recommendations listed in the documents below.

Please Note: 

  • Entering students who have not studied a language in high school need to indicate the foreign language they will study at Goucher. Click here to indicate your foreign language choice.
  • Entering students who plan to study a language elsewhere need to indicate the foreign language that they intend to study. Click here to indicate what language you will study elsewhere.
  • Placement exam results have an expiration date of one year. You will need to retake the placement test after two or more semesters if you have not taken the language course in which you were placed, unless you have opted to satisfy the language requirement with another language altogether.

Other related forms (including inter-institutional registration forms and non-Goucher Programs form) are available on the forms page at the Records and Registration site.

Music Theory

Any student wishing to take music theory is required to take a placement exam.  Please email indicating your interest.  The music placement exam will take place prior to meeting with your academic adviser so that you can work with them to make any changes to your schedule.  More information about the placement exam will be posted later and will be listed in the Orientation schedule booklet which you will receive when you arrive on campus.


Any student desiring to take either a ballet or modern technique class beyond the beginning level should add Dan 999 to their schedule to secure credit for dance technique classes.  During Fall Orientation there will be a placement class that will determine your level of ability and you will add the appropriate dance technique classes to your schedule and remove Dan 999.  The placement class will take place prior to meeting with your academic adviser so that you can work with them to make the changes.  More information about the placement class will be posted later and will be listed in the Orientation schedule booklet which you will receive when you arrive on campus.


In order to prepare for placements at Fall Orientation, please fill out the form in the new student portal to register for riding evaluations. These evaluation sessions are for all students who plan to participate in riding. The results from the placements will determine which course level you will take, as well as Varsity Riding team additions. Please come prepared to ride in breeches and boots, or long pants for beginners, and a ASTM-SEI approved helmet. If you do not have a helmet, we will not be able to evaluate you during these sessions. If you have any questions at all about placements, please feel free to email Jen Bunty, Director of the Equestrian Program at

If you have any questions about placement exams, contact the Academic Dean's Office at or 410-337-6460.