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 and marked with a symbol = there are specific circumstances that may require you to take the exam or reasons to encourage taking the exam, please read the more information section below the chart.

 

First-Year Student Placement Exams Required by Academic Unit Chart

Academic Unit

Math

Directed Self-Placement for Writing

Languages

Dental Hygiene

Not Required

More Info Below #

Not Required

Education

More Info Below +

More Info Below #

More Info Below +

Engineering

Not Required

Not Required

Encouraged*

Kinesiology

Encouraged

More Info Below #

Encouraged

Literature, Science, & Arts (LSA)

Encouraged

Required

Required

LSA: Comprehensive Studies Program (CSP)

Encouraged

Required

Required

LSA: Honors Program

Encouraged

Not Required

Required

LSA: Residential College (RC)

Encouraged

Required

Required

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

More Info Below ^

Required

More Info Below %

 

 

More Information:

 

+ School of Education transfer students who will be continuing their studies in mathematics or in a world language, or if they are seeking teacher certification in mathematics or a world language, are required to take the math placement exam or language placement exam. School of Education students who do not intend to take math courses or language courses at Michigan are not required to take the placement exams.

 

* 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.

 

^ Transfer students entering any of the Performing Arts Technology Programs (PAT) in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance MUST take the math exam. Other students in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance are not required to take the math placement.

 

% Transfer students studying Piano or Voice Performance, Musical Theatre, or Theatre Performance (Acting) in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance, are required to take a language placement exam. Other SMTD students are not required to take a language placement exam, but are encouraged to do so if they have any previous experience with these languages.

 

# Transfer students in these schools/colleges (Dental Hygiene, Education, Kinesiology) must have completed the equivalent of U-Mís First Year Writing Requirement. Please visit the Sweetland Writing Center Transfer Student website and follow the directions to determine your next steps.