Assessment for Course Selections

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The Center for Academic Enrichment provides English and math assessments to aid incoming students in course selection. These tools are designed to help you assess your strengths and weaknesses and make choices that will facilitate your academic success.

Our assessments are designed specifically for UNH Manchester courses, so the CAE does not share your scores with other institutions.

 

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Testing Accomodations

If you have a documented disability which requires testing accommodations, we recommend you contact Disability Services Coordinator, Jenessa Zurek at jenessa.zurek@unh.edu or 603-641-4170 prior to registering for placement tests.

Appropriate documentation must be submitted to and approved by Disability Services to ensure the CAE is able to 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.

 

Who needs to take assessment?

Since all majors at UNH require at least one quantitative reasoning (QR) course for degree completion, all first-year students are required to take the math assessment. Transfer students who have not yet met the UNH QR requirement are also required to take the math assessment. Check your transfer credit report to determine if any of your transfer credits meet the QR requirement.

 

What is ALEKS Placement, Preparation, and Learning (PPL)?

ALEKS PPL is UNH's math assessment tool that will help you to determine the appropriate math course for you and provides six months of personalized learning to help students succeed. By using artificial intelligence, ALEKS is able to map each students' strengths and weaknesses. You will be provided the opportunity to improve your mathematical knowledge through individualized Prep and Learning Modules, and a chance to re-take the assessment up to 3 times to improve your score.

 

What courses have an assessment score requirement?

The only courses having a MANDATORY score requirement are Calculus for Life Sciences (MATH 424B) and Calculus I (MATH 425). All other course's score ranges are recommendations. Please refer to your major requirements if you have any questions about which courses you need to take.

 

When do I need to take my math assessment?

The math assessment is required before you register for classes. If you are planning to attend orientation, be sure to complete the assessment at least one week prior to orientation as you will be registering for classes that day.

 

How long is the assessment?

More information regarding accessing the math assessment will be described on the pre-orientation checklist. If you will not be attending an orientation and need the assessment, please contact the CAE at unhm.cae@unh.edu.

After the assessment, an individualized Prep and Learning Module is available for students to refresh their knowledge on forgotten topics. Students then have the opportunity to reassess and improve their placement up to three attempts within 6 months. 

 

How do I access the math assessment?

More information regarding accessing the math assessment will be described on the pre-orientation checklist. If you will not be attending an orientation and need the assessment, please contact the CAE at unhm.cae@unh.edu.

Who needs to take the English assessment?

All first-year students are required to take the English assessment unless you already have credit for the equivalent of ENGL 401. Transfer students who have not yet met the UNH writing requirement are also required to take the English assessment. You must take the English assessment prior to registering for ENGL 401, ENGL 401S, or ENGL 400A.

 

What is the English assessment?

The English assessment includes information about course choices in writing, a reading inventory, a brief reading quiz, a writing inventory, and an essay. This four part assessment provides information for you to select one of three paths: taking ENGL 401: First Year Writing for four credits, taking ENGL 401: First Year Writing as well as ENGL 401S: Literacy Studio for six credits, or taking ENGL 400A: Academic English for ESL.

 

How will the English assessment be used for course placement?

At the end of the assessments, you will be asked to record your decision about which path fits best. The Writing Coordinator from the CAE will contact you after reading your essay to confirm your decision. This is a directed self-placement that aims to help students make the decision that will lead to success in the First Year writing course. The information you learn about yourself during the placement can also help.

 

When do I need to take my English assessment?

The English assessment is required before you register for classes. If you are planning to attend orientation, be sure to complete the assessment at least one week prior to orientation as you will be registering for classes that day.

 

How long is the assessment?

You should plan to complete the assessment in one 2 hour sitting.  If you do not complete the assessment in one sitting, you will have 48 hours to complete it before the assessment is reset. Since the English assessment generates a directed self-placement based on multiple measures, there is no retake necessary or available. However, it is mandatory to complete the assessment.

 

Why is the English assessment important?

The English assessment not only gives you the information to make an informed decision about your course selection, but also provides you with information about your college reading and writing that can help you make the most out of your First Year Writing experience.
 

How do I access the math assessment?

More information regarding accessing the math assessment will be described on the pre-orientation checklist. If you will not be attending an orientation and need the assessment, please contact the CAE at unhm.cae@unh.edu.