The CAE provides English and math placement testing for incoming students to help them choose the most appropriate courses to enroll in. This testing is designed to help students make choices that will facilitate their academic success.
Degree students are required to take the placement tests prior to registering for the following classes: ENG 301, ENG 301A, ENGL 400, ENGL 401, ENGL 401A, MATH 301, MATH 302, MATH 418, MATH 420, MATH 424B, MATH 425, BUS 430, PSYC 402, PHIL 412, and COMP 425.
Continuing education students are strongly advised to take the placement tests to get a profile of academic strengths. This profile will help them select appropriate courses and academic support services.
For specific information on placement, see the following:
The English assessment includes a reading test and a writing test. Students should plan on at least 2 hours for the English assessment.
Students should plan on 2 to 3 hours for the math assessment. Depending on their intended degree requirements, students will take one of three separate math assessments: a generic placement, Calculus for Life Sciences (MATH 424B), or Calculus I (MATH 425). Students may use a calculator on the generic math assessment; however, calculators are not allowed for the MATH 424B or MATH 425 assessments.
Calculus Exception: MATH 424B – Calculus for Life Sciences
All students, degree and non-degree, wanting to take MATH 424B must have done one of the following:
- Passed the MATH 424B placement exam, OR
- Taken and passed MATH 418, Analysis and Application of Functions, at UNH, OR
- Taken calculus at the college level prior to registering for MATH 424B at UNH Manchester.
Calculus Exception: MATH 425 – Calculus I
All students, degree and non-degree, wanting to take MATH 425 must have done one of the following:
- Passed the MATH 425 placement exam, OR
- Taken MATH 418 and earned a grade of C or better, OR
- Taken calculus with trigonometry at the college level prior to registering for MATH 425 at UNH Manchester.
How to Prepare
- Read as much as you can between now and the day of the English assessment. Practice remembering what you read.
- Take practice reading tests found in SAT preparation books or CDs.
- Go online to find practice problems in math at www.free-ed.net or www.sosmath.com
- Take a practice test to find out what areas in algebra and pre-calculus might need review. If you are thinking about taking Calculus I, MATH 425, click here for a sample test. If you are thinking about taking Calculus for Life Sciences, MATH 424B, click here for a sample test.
What to Bring
Please bring the following to your placement test:
- A picture ID with your name and a recognizable photo. Acceptable IDs include: a current state driver's license, a state-approved ID, a high school ID, or a college ID.
- A basic or graphing calculator, if you are taking the generic math assessment. (A limited number of basic and graphic calculators will be available if you do not own one.)
- A pen or pencil
- Electronics, such as cell phones, smart watches, iPods, and laptops, must be turned off and stored during the assessment.
Students with disabilities who require testing accommodations are advised to call Jenessa Zurek, the Coordinator for Disability Services, at 641-4383, prior to registering for the assessments.
Assessment dates for Summer and Fall admits will be announced.