The Center for Academic Enrichment 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 you make choices that will facilitate your academic success.
Continuing education students are strongly advised to take the placement tests to get a profile of academic strengths. This profile will help you select appropriate courses and academic support services.
English Placement Test
The English placement test will provide you with a "snapshot" of your current skills in college reading and writing. You must take the placement tests prior to registering for ENG 301, ENG 301A, ENGL 400, ENGL 401, or ENGL 401A.
The English placement test includes a reading test and a writing test. You should plan on 2 hours to complete the placement test.
Math Placement Tests
Depending on your intended degree requirements, you will take one of three separate math placement tests: a generic math placement test, the Calculus for Life Sciences (MATH 424B) placement test, or the Calculus I (MATH 425) placement test. You should plan on 2 hours to complete the math assessment.
Generic Math Placement Test
The generic placement test will provide you with a "snapshot" of your current math skills and is tailored to content in our math courses. Incoming students will need to take the placement test prior to registering for MATH 301, MATH 302, MATH 418, MATH 420, BUS 430, or PSYC 402.
Calculators are allowed.
The following majors will likely need to take the generic math placement test:
- General Studies
- Business Administration
- Communication Arts
- Computer Information Systems
- English Teaching
- Homeland Security
- Politics and Society
- Sign Language Interpretation
MATH 424B (Calculus for Life Sciences) Placement Test
Anyone wanting to register for MATH 424B is required to take the MATH 424B placement test and meet one of the following criteria:
- Passed the MATH 424B placement test, OR
- Received a passing grade in MATH 418, OR
- Taken calculus at the appropriate college level.
Calculators are not used in calculus level courses and are not allowed for the MATH 424B placement test.
The following majors will likely need to take the MATH 424B placement test:
- Biological Sciences
MATH 425 (Calculus I) Placement Test
Anyone wanting to register for MATH 425 is required to take the MATH 425 placement test and meet one of the following criteria:
- Passed the MATH 425 placement test, OR
- Taken MATH 418 and earned a grade of C or better, OR
- Taken calculus with trigonometry at the appropriate college level.
Calculators are not used in calculus level courses and are not allowed for the MATH 425 placement test.
The following majors will likely need to take the MATH 425 placement test:
- Biological Sciences
- Computer Science and Entrepreneurship
- Electrical Engineering Technology - CET Option
- Electrical Engineering Technology
- Mechanical Engineering Technology
If you have a documented disability which requires testing accommodations, we recommend contacting the Disability Services Coordinator
(firstname.lastname@example.org, 603-641-4170) prior to registering for placement tests.
Appropriate documentation must be submitted to and approved by Disability Services to ensure the CAE can provide the necessary accommodations
for placement tests. CAE staff are not qualified to determine whether or not a student needs accommodations or what accommodations would be appropriate.
What is on the math placement tests?
More details coming soon!
How do I get my results?
You will receive your recommendation from your academic advisor as part of the course selection process. Placement test recommendations are usually forwarded to Academic Counseling within 24-48 hours of scoring.
What if I don't like my results?
With the exception of the calculus placement tests, the placement test result is a recommendation. The intent of the placement test is to give you an idea of which course(s) best match your current skills, and we have found that the placement test can reliably predict student success in a given course. Your academic advisor will discuss the recommendation with you and help you decide on the best course based on your current skills.
To register for calculus courses, you must pass the appropriate placement test or meet one of the criteria outlined in the MATH 424B and MATH 425 placement test descriptions. NO EXCEPTIONS will be granted. You may take a calculus placement test once per semester with the option to retake the test at the end of the semester. If you have questions or concerns, contact us.
More information about our online placement tests coming soon! If you are attending Orientation at UNH Manchester, you will be sent registration information in the mail.