Placement Exams are an essential part of the orientation process and ensure proper placements into academic classes. There are two placement exams that students may take as part of the orientation process: Math Placement Exam and Foreign Language Placement Exam. 

Math Placement Exam

Registering for the exam:

After completion of the New Student Resource Course via Canvas, students will be able to register for their placement exams and Virtual Orientation Session online using the username and password you created to complete your admissions application.

When registering for a math placement exam, students will select a one-week time frame to take the exam. On the first day of the exam time frame, you will receive an email directly from the proctoring company Examity titled “Remote Voucher Notification.” This email will include your unique voucher number that you will utilize to create an account and take your exam. You will be able to take this math placement exam at any time during your one week testing time frame. Please note that if you do not complete your mathematics placement exam during your scheduled testing time frame, you will need to be issued a new voucher and may need to reschedule your virtual orientation session. 

The exam has no time limit, although most students finish within two hours. Calculators are not allowed.

Upon completion, your exam will be reviewed and score verified by university staff. In the event that any concerns are found with your examination, your score may be invalidated and you would be contacted directly within 7 days to discuss next steps.

Students are strongly encouraged to prepare for the exam:

If you are in need of any testing accommodations or have any questions or concerns regarding your placement exam registration, please contact us at umd-orientation@umich.edu. Requests for accommodations must be received no later than one week prior to the start of your one-week exam time frame.

If a student is not satisfied with their placement result, they may choose to retake the exam once after reviewing materials for at least 14 days. To schedule an exam re-take, please contact the Orientation team at umd-orientation@umich.edu.

Freshman Student Exam Requirements

Most incoming freshmen are required to take the Mathematics Placement Exam prior to attending Freshman Orientation. However, some students may waive the exam if they meet any of the following criteria*:

  • dual enrollment coursework equivalent to Math 105 (pre-calculus) with a C grade or better
    • placement will be into the next course in the sequence
  • a 3, 4, or 5 on an AP Calculus exam
  • SAT math section score of 620 or higher
    • placement into Math 115 (Calc I)
  • ACT math score of 26 or higher
    • placement into Math 115 (Calc I)

*These results must be on record at UM-Dearborn for this placement exam waiver to apply.

Transfer Student Exam Requirements

To ensure students are placed into the appropriate course, an incoming transfer student may be required to take the placement exam. This varies based on a student’s college and declared major, combined with their transferable credit. Students can check their transferable credit by reviewing their Transfer Equivalency Worksheet (TEW) which was emailed to them after admission. 

College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters (CASL): Students with the following majors are required to take the mathematics placement exam unless they have the following transferable credit:

  • Business Studies as a Second Major, Economics, Environmental Studies, International Studies- MATH 104 (College Algebra) or higher
  • Behavioral and Biological Sciences, Integrated Science- MATH 105 (Pre-Calculus) or higher
  • Actuarial Mathematics, Applied Statistics, Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Chemistry (ACS certified), Chemistry (Instructional), Environmental Science, Geological Sciences, Mathematics, Microbiology, Physics- MATH 115 (Calculus I) or higher
  • All other CASL majors are exempt from taking the mathematics placement exam. 

College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS): All majors are required to take the mathematics placement exam unless they have transferable credit of MATH 105 (Pre-Calculus) with a C or higher. 

College of Education, Health, and Human Services (CEHHS): 

  • Mathematics Studies majors are required to take the mathematics placement exam unless they have transferable credit of MATH 105 (Pre-Calculus) with a C or higher. 
  • All other CEHHS majors are exempt from taking the mathematics placement exam. 

College of Business (COB): All majors are required to take the mathematics placement exam unless they have transferable credit of MATH 104 (College Algebra) with a C or higher. 

Non-Degree Students (including Dual Enrollment and Prospective Degree-Seeking Students)

For non-degree students that need to take the Mathematics placement exam because of their curricular choices, please contact the Placement Exam Coordinator, Theresa Malcom, at tmalcom@umich.edu

Current Students

For current students that need to take the Mathematics placement exam because of their curricular choices, please contact the Placement Exam Coordinator, Theresa Malcom, at tmalcom@umich.edu

Foreign Language Placement Exam

The Foreign Language Placement Exam is strongly recommended for students with less than three years prior experience in a language who plan to continue in that language at UM-Dearborn (whether required for graduation or not). This exam should be taken prior to attending the Virtual Orientation Session. Placement exams will be offered in a remote, computer-based format for FrenchGermanSpanish, and Arabic.  It may take up to two weeks for results to be available.

If you take a Foreign Language Advanced Placement (AP) Exam, the AP score will override the placement score if it is higher. Foreign Language course credit is not awarded by exam.

Students will register for the exam when signing up for their Virtual Orientation Session, and upon registration will be contacted via email with additional exam information.

Exam Requirements

The College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters (CASL) Foreign Language distribution requirement can be fulfilled by:

  • Successfully completing a two-semester language sequence at UM-Dearborn, or
  • Successfully completing a 3 or 4 credit hour Foreign Language course (this course cannot be taught in English) at the 102 level or higher, or
  • Having completed at least 3 years of Foreign Language (in the same language) in high school with a grade of "C" or better in the final course. Students wishing to request that the requirement be waived on this basis must submit a written petition to CASL Advising, 1039 CASL Building, or
  • Transferring the equivalent of 8 credit hours of a language sequence from another institution.

Students who wish to fulfill the CASL Foreign Language requirement based on study or experience other than that outlined above may do so by:

  • Completing the equivalent of a high school degree from a school that used a language other than English for instruction. A diploma attesting to the language of instruction and graduation from the high school program is necessary and official English translations of foreign transcripts are required. Students wishing to request that the requirement be waived on this basis must submit a written petition to CASL Advising, 1039 1039 CASL Building, or
  • Passing an oral and written proficiency exam.

There is no foreign language requirement for:

  • College of Business
  • College of Education, Health, and Human Services
  • College of Engineering and Computer Science

Placement into Composition

All students are required to take six credit hours of Written and Oral Communication courses within the Dearborn Discovery Core. Incoming students will have an initial placement into COMP 105.

Students may choose to appeal their placement by submitting a portfolio for faculty review. If the appeal is successful, students will be placed in COMP 106.

If applicable, a student's placement may be based on an Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) exam result, or previous dual enrollment or college credit.

 

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