Placement Testing

student doing a placement test

The Center for Academic Enrichment provides English and math placement testing for incoming students to help you choose the most appropriate courses to enroll in. This testing is designed to help you make choices that will facilitate your academic success.

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Depending on your intended degree requirements, you will take one of three separate math placement tests: the non-calculus placement test, the Calculus for Life Sciences (MATH 424B) placement test, or the Calculus I (MATH 425) placement test.
  

The non-calculus placement test will provide you with a “snapshot” of your current skills and is tailored to the 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. You will have 90 minutes to complete 40 multiple choice questions. The following majors most often take the non-calculus placement test:

Associate Programs

  • - General Studies
  • - Business Administration
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Bachelor's Programs

  • - Business
  • - Communication Arts
  • - Computer Information Systems
  • - English
  • - English Teaching
  • - History
  • - Homeland Security
  • - Humanities
  • - Politics and Society
  • - Psychology
  • - Sign Language Interpretation
  • - Undeclared
      
topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • - order of operations
  • - fractions, decimals, and percents
  • - algebraic fractions
  • - geometry of basic shapes
  • - simplifying expressions
  • - factoring and expanding expressions
  • - solving equations
  • - solving inequalities and absolute values
  • - linear and quadratic equations
  • - exponents, roots and radicals
  • - evaluating functions

Anyone wanting to register for MATH 424B is required to meet one of the following: 

  1. Passed the MATH 424B placement test
  2. Received a passing grade in MATH 418
  3. Taken calculus at the appropriate college level

Most often, you will need to take the MATH 424B placement test if you would like to register for the course. Calculators are not allowed in calculus-level courses at UNH and therefore are not allowed for the MATH 424B placement test. You will have 60 minutes to complete 20 multiple choice questions. The following majors most often take the MATH 424B placement test:

Bachelor’s Programs

  • - Biological Sciences
  • - Biotechnology
       
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topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • - inequalities
  • - logarithms and their properties
  • - absolute value
  • - factoring
  • - solving equations and inequalities, including
    • linear equations or inequalities
    • systems of linear equations or linear inequalities
    • quadratic equations or inequalities
    • equations involving radicals
    • equations or inequalities involving absolute value
  • - functions, including
    • composition of functions
    • domain and range of a function
    • transformations of functions
    • inverse functions
    • logarithmic and exponential functions
  • - algebraic fractions
  • - exponents, roots and radicals

math 424b sample test

Anyone wanting to register for MATH 425 is required to meet one of the following: 

  1. Passed the MATH 425 placement test, OR
  2. Taken MATH 418 and earned a grade of C or better, OR
  3. Taken calculus with trigonometry at the appropriate college level

Most often, you will need to take the MATH 425 placement test if you would like to register for the course. Calculators are not allowed in calculus level courses at UNH and are therefore not allowed for the MATH 425 placement test. You will have 80 minutes to complete 40 multiple choice questions. The following majors most often take the MATH 425 placement test:

Associate Programs

  • - Biological Sciences

Bachelor’s Programs

  • - Analytics
  • - Computer Science & Entrepreneurship
  • - Electrical Engineering Technology
  • - Mechanical Engineering Technology
        
TOPICS include MATH 424B topics above, plus the following:
  • - trigonometric functions
  • - basic trigonometric functions and their transformations
  • - values of the trigonometric functions at "special" angles
  • - graphs of trigonometric functions
  • - basic trigonometric identities
  • - notions of period, amplitude and phase shift
  • - inverse trigonometric functions and their graphs

math 425 sample 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.

Placement Testing will begin on May 1, 2017. Please check back for updated info at that time. 

Frequently Asked Questions

See register box above for survey. You will receive an email after completing the survey that will provide you with information on what tests you need to take. 

You will receive your placement test recommendations from your academic advisor as part of the course selection process. Placement test recommendations are usually forwarded to Academic Counseling within 1-2 business days of scoring.

With the exception of the calculus placement tests, your math and English placement test results are recommendations. 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 one time per semester. If you have questions or concerns, please contact us.

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

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.