Orientation

Placement Exams

TRANSFER, CURRENT and NON-DEGREE STUDENTS

Register for Placement Exams

Placement Exam Online Registration

English Composition placement exams are offered two Fridays per month at 11:00 a.m. and one Saturday per month at 10:00 a.m.Exams for current students, non-degree students and incoming transfer students are offered every month throughout the year.

  • Mathematics placement exam is offered one Saturday per month at 1:00 pm.  Please call the Office of Admissions and Orientation if you are unable to test on Saturdays.
  • The Foreign Language placement exam is offered monthly.  Check the schedule below for upcoming dates.

Students can register for the English, Mathematics, or Foreign Language exams online or by calling 313-593-5100.

For questions regarding the results of an examination, please contact the appropriate office:  

Exam

Department

Phone Number

English

The Writing Program

313-593-5238

Foreign Language

Language, Culture Communication

313-593-4778

Math

Mathematics

313-583-6351

 


English Composition Placement Exams

Regardless of the total number of credits or if you have taken the equivalent of Composition 105 or Composition 106, you must take the English Composition placement exam to fulfill the requirement for graduation. You will be given two hours to type a response in essay format to a two-page selection from a published author. Please keep in mind that there is no “correct” response to the question. This exam can only be taken once. You will receive your English Composition placement exam results on the day you attend orientation. The exam should be completed prior to attending orientation, but no later than the first six weeks of your first semester.  If taken after your orientation session it will take approximately 2-3 weeks to receive your exam results.

Mathematics Placement Exams

Mathematics placement exam is required if you are an incoming freshman or a transfer student not transferring a Calculus I or higher equivalent course with an earned grade of a C or better. This computer-based test has no time limit (though most students typically end within two hours). Calculators are not allowed for this test.  You can take the Mathematics placement exam up to 3 times (with a 30-day wait period). This exam helps place you into the appropriate Mathematics level. It will take approximately 2-3 weeks to receive your Mathematics examination results.

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Mathematics placement exam exemptions:

  • College of Engineering and Computer Science students who are transferring in the UM-Dearborn equivalent of Calculus I or higher with a “C” or better, are not required to take the exam.
  • If you are in the College of Business and you are transferring in the UM-Dearborn equivalent of Pre-Calculus and higher with a “C” or better, it exempts you from the exam.
  • If you are in the College of Education, Health, and Human Services and are not a Mathematics major or minor, you are exempt from the exam.
  • If you are in the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters and you are transferring in the equivalent of Pre-Calculus and higher or you plan to take Math 131 (Conceptual Mathematics), you are exempt from the exam. However, if you are enrolled as a Math or Secondary Education Math major/minor and are not transferring in Pre-Calculus, you will need to take the exam.

 


Foreign Language Placement Exam

The Foreign Language placement exam is strongly recommended for students with experience in a language who plan to continue in that same language at the University of Michigan-Dearborn (whether required for graduation or not). This exam should be taken prior to attending Orientation. Placement exams are offered in French, German, and Spanish as a computer-based exam, and Arabic as a paper-based exam. It will take approximately 2-3 weeks to receive your placement exam results in the mail.

To Schedule a Foreign Language Placement Exam

To receive exam dates or schedule a Foreign Language placement exam, please contact the Office of Admissions and Orientation at 313-593-5100 or email us at orientation@umd.umich.edu. Advance registration is required to take the exam.

Foreign Language Academic Unit Requirements

College of Business

Effective Fall 2009, there is no Foreign Language requirement for graduation.

College of Education, Health, and Human Services

There is no Foreign Language requirement for graduation.

College of Engineering and Computer Science

Foreign language courses satisfy the humanities area distribution courses required for CECS students. However, there is no Foreign Language requirement for graduation. CECS students may satisfy the CECS humanities area either by taking Foreign Language courses or by taking other appropriate CECS humanities area courses.

College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters

The College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters Foreign Language distribution requirement can be met by:

  • Successfully completing a two-semester beginning language sequence at UM-Dearborn, or
  • Successfully completing a 3 or 4 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 CB, or
  • Transferring the equivalent of 8 semester hours of a beginning language sequence from another institution.

Those students who wish to meet 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. (Appropriate documentation 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 CB.), or
  • Passing an oral and written proficiency exam.