Determining Which Placement Exams to Take

Below is a quick-glance list of required tests by school/college/program for first-year students.

 

Chart Key:

Required = your school/college requires you to take the online placement exam. In the case of languages, if you do not have any experience in a foreign language, you are not required to take a language placement exam. You may study a new language to fulfil your school/colleges language/degree requirement. Requirement is only if you have prior experience and plan to continue to enroll in that language to satisfy school/colleges language/degree requirement.

Not required = your school/college does not require you to take the online placement exam.

 

Encouraged = While not required, if you intend to continue to take coursework in that subject, you should take the exam.

 

More Information Below/ marked with a symbol = there are specific circumstances that may require you to take the exam or reasons to encourage taking the exam, more information is below the chart.

 

First-Year Student Placement Exams Required by Academic Unit Chart

Academic Unit

Math

Chemistry

Directed Self-Placement for Writing

Languages

Engineering

Required

Required

Not Required

Encouraged*

Engineering BBA Preferred Admit to Ross

Required

Required

Required

Required*

Kinesiology

Required

Required

Required

Encouraged

Kinesiology BBA Preferred Admit to Ross

Required

Required

Required

Required

Literature, Science, & Arts (LSA)

Required

Encouraged

Required

Required

LSA: Comprehensive Studies Program (CSP)

Required

Encouraged

Required

Encouraged

LSA: Honors Program

Required

Encouraged

Not Required

Required

LSA: Residential College (RC)

Required

Encouraged

Required

Required

Music, Musical Theatre, Theatre, and Dance (SMTD)

More Info Below^

Not Required

Required

More Info Below+

SMTD BBA Preferred Admit to Ross

Required

Encouraged

Required

Required

 

 

More Information:

 

* College of Engineering students are encouraged, though not required, to take language placement exams. Depending on their score, students may receive academic credit. Students intending to enroll in a language course in their first term should take the placement online in advance. College of Engineering students who are preferred admits to the Ross Business School are required to take a language placement exam if they have any experience in one (for languages available to take online in advance).

 

^ If you are studying Performing Arts Technology (PAT) in the School of Music, Theater, and Dance (SMTD), you are required to take the math placement exam. If you are a SMTD student who is a preferred admit to the Ross Business School, you are required to take the math placement exam. All other SMTD students are exempt from this test.

 

+ If you are studying Piano or Voice Performance, Musical Theatre, or Theatre Performance (Acting) in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance, you are required to take a language placement exam. If you are a SMTD student who is a preferred admit to the Ross Business School, you are required to take a language placement exam. All other SMTD students are not required to take a language placement exam, but are encouraged to do so if you have any previous experience with a language.