Placement and Clearance Exams

Prior Learning Credits / Sources of Credit AP, CLEP, IB
University Competencies and Proficiencies–English
University Competencies and Proficiencies–Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning

Examination Requirements

Admitted freshman and transfer students may be required to complete placement tests.

  • English composition placement is based on a student’s SAT or ACT test scores if the student has not completed at least one composition course at a college or university. 
  • Students must complete a mathematics placement exam if they have not completed the equivalent of MTHD 104 with a grade ≥C. Transfer students who do not have an approved direct-transfer associate degree or an intermediate college algebra course with a grade ≥C must take the mathematics placement test. Note: the mathematics placement test may be taken twice in a calendar year with at least two weeks between test times.

Policy on Enrollment in Pre-University Skills Courses

Students whose placement testing places them in pre-university skills courses must enroll in at least one such course (5 credits) per quarter until these course requirements are satisfied. Furthermore, all students so placed must complete all pre-university mathematics and English courses before the completion of 45 university course credits. Failure to do so will result in a hold on subsequent registration until a plan to satisfy the pre-university requirements is accepted and has been signed off by their advisor. Students who have declared their majors will work with their advisor in their academic departments. Students who are undeclared will work with advisors in the Center for Academic Advising & Retention. Students will need adequate advising to remain in compliance with this policy. Unavailability of these courses, as certified by your academic advisor in a given quarter, suspends this requirement for that quarter.

Pre-University Basic Skills courses do not count for count for college credit.