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Placement tests assess your math and English skills to confirm you’re prepared to tackle your first-semester courses.

Placement testing may be completed on or off campus. Visit your applicant dashboard to schedule.

To ensure an equal playing field for all students, on- and off-campus accommodations are available for eligible students. Some examples include having extra time to take your test, testing at a limited distraction site, and working with a test reader. Check out Disability Services for a more complete list.

Ready to register for accommodated testing? Go to your applicant dashboard to get started. Accommodations need to be approved prior to testing. Placement testing accommodations can be arranged based on a history of the testing accommodations you received during high school. However, documentation of your disability is needed for accommodations as an enrolled student. Please complete the self-disclosure form
 

  • For your convenience, off-campus testing is recommended.
  • You’ll get 1.5 times the usual allotted time to complete testing.
  • Placement requirements must be met before an offer of acceptance will be made.
     

If you can’t make it on your scheduled test date, email us to cancel. After receiving a cancellation confirmation email, you can visit your applicant dashboard to register for a new test date.

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Math

Every major requires one or more math courses. Math placement tests identify which level of math is an ideal starting point for you.

Math Test FAQs

Pre-Algebra/Elementary Algebra

Measures ability to perform basic operations and to solve problems that involve pre-algebra and elementary algebraic skills and concepts.

  • 45 minutes
  • 58 questions
     

Intermediate Algebra

Accesses ability to perform basic algebraic operations and to solve problems that involve intermediate algebraic skills and geometry concepts.

  • 30 minutes
  • 26 questions
     

Functions & Graphs (Optional)

Measures ability to perform operations and to solve problems that involve functions and graphs. Readiness for calculus is determined through the use of algebraic, trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions.

  • 45 minutes
  • 37 questions
     

English

Writing is a foundation for all majors. The English essay determines if you’re ready for college-level writing.

Essays are used to assess writing skills. You’ll choose between two topics and write an essay exploring a central or controlling idea. You’ll need to use details, examples, and specifics to strongly support your ideas.

Essay Details

You’ll have 30 minutes to complete your essay. You’ll be evaluated based on the following skills:

  • Organization
  • Idea development
  • Sentence structure
  • Grammar
  • Word choice
  • Spelling and punctuation
  • 30 minutes

Preparing for Placement Testing

Prior to Testing

Complete the Math Information Form

Along with your placement test results, these answers will be used to determine your level of math proficiency. Complete this form prior to testing:

  1. Log on to the Student Information System (SIS).
  2. Select “Admissions Information” on the left.
  3. Select “Placement Testing” to go directly to the form.
  4. Answer all questions carefully before submitting. Once you submit, you will not be able to return.
Take Sample Tests & Review Sample Questions

Take advantage of these resources. Get an idea of what to expect on the tests and see where you need some practice.

  1. Math: Register here to take a sample test. To register, use your first and last name. A username and password will be provided. You’ll receive results automatically after finishing.
  2. English: Check out this sample essay with reviewer response to learn how your essay will be evaluated.

Testing

What to Bring for On-Campus Testing
  • Photo identification (such as a driver's license or passport) to present at check-in
  • Calculator (optional)
  • Water or other bottled beverage (optional)

     All test materials, including pencils, will be provided.

What to Do for Off-Campus Testing
  • Confirm that your proctor has received the password necessary to access your tests.
  • Log in to the Student Information System (SIS) to complete testing. Refer to your email for your list of required tests.
  • Use a calculator, if desired.