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The Center for Academic Enrichment provides English and math placement testing for incoming UNH Manchester 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:

English Assessment

The English assessment includes a reading test and a writing test. Students should plan on 2 hours to complete the English assessment.

Math Assessment

Depending on their intended degree requirements, students will take one of three separate math assessments: a generic assessment, Calculus for Life Sciences (MATH 424B), or Calculus I (MATH 425).  Students should plan on 2 hours to complete the math assessment.

Generic Assessment: Recommends students for MATH 301, MATH 302, MATH 418, MATH 420, BUS 430, PSYC 402, or PHIL 412. Students are allowed to use a calculator.

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:
  1. Passed the MATH 424B placement exam, OR
  2. Taken and passed MATH 418, Analysis and Application of Functions, at UNH, OR
  3. 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:

  1. Passed the MATH 425 placement exam, OR
  2. Taken MATH 418 and earned a grade of C or better, OR
  3. Taken calculus with trigonometry at the college level prior to registering for MATH 425 at UNH Manchester.

Please note: Students may take a calculus assessment one time per semester. The student has the option to retake the assessment at the end of the semester. Calculators are not allowed for the MATH 424B or MATH 425 assessments.

Foreign Language Testing

For information on foreign language placement testing, please contact Academic Counseling at 603-641-4170.

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 or
  • 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.

Please note: The CAE focuses on tutoring UNH Manchester classes and does not have the resources to support student preparation for math and English placement tests.

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.

Testing Accommodations

Students who have a documented disability which require accommodations are advised to contact Jenessa Zurek, the Coordinator for Disability Services, at or call her at 603-641-4170.  Documentation must be submitted and approved by Disability Services before accommodations can be used for placement tests. 

Please contact Jenessa prior to registering for placement tests, so we can make sure we are able to provide appropriate accommodations. Additionally, CAE staff are not qualified to determine whether or not a student needs accommodations or what accommodations would be appropriate. If extra time is needed, rescheduling may be necessary based on staff availability and student schedules.

Test Dates

If you are attending Orientation at UNH Manchester, you will be sent registration information in the mail.
Continuing Education and non-degree students may call the CAE at 603-641-4113 to register.

Please register for one of the following test dates:

Monday, June 22          1:15p.m. – 3:15p.m.
Tuesday, June 23         6:00p.m.- 8:00p.m.
Wednesday, June 24     2:00p.m.-4:00p.m.

Monday, June 22            3:30p.m.– 5:30p.m.
Tuesday, June 23           2:00p.m. – 4:00p.m.
Wednesday, June 24       6:00p.m. - 8:00p.m.