The university requires that all new students take the Academic Skills Assessment before academic advising. This ensures that students are placed in courses commensurate with their academic abilities. Appointments are required and can be scheduled online through the Placement Testing and Assessment Center (at www.iun.edu/~testingn/) or by calling (219)980-6830. Students who have had four years of a foreign language in high school are encouraged to take the Foreign Language Placement Test. Tests are offered in French, German, and Spanish and permit the awarding of advanced and special credit. There is a $12 fee for each test.