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The Test Subjects

Placement test results determine your course placement for your first year.

About the Tests

Students can complete their Placement Tests online at any point before their Orientation session. All Placement Tests are sent to incoming first year students via email from All students are required to complete their own tests and adhere to the Academic Integrity Policy. Failure to do so may result in university disciplinary action.

A student's accepted major determines which tests will be required. The possible tests include:


The Calculus ALEKS and Elementary Algebra tests must be taken before a freshman can attend Orientation.

Calculus AlekS Test

Students who major in Engineering, Science, Math, Business or Sound Recording Technology will take an online Calculus ALEKS test developed by the university's math department. This web-based exam tests students on algebra, geometry, statistics, trigonometry and functions, exponentials and logarithms. The time limit for this test is 60 minutes. Please note a calculator is not allowed during this test.

A practice test (pdf) is available for your use. We recommend that students do not use a calculator during practice tests.

Elementary Algebra Test

Students whose major is in the College of Health Sciences, College of Education or the College of Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (with the exception of Sound Recording Technology) take the Elementary Algebra test developed by the math department. The web-based exam is made up of the student's prior math history and 10 math questions, with a time limit of 60 minutes. Please note a calculator is not allowed during this test.

A practice test (pdf) is available for your use.

English Course finder

All freshman students, regardless of their major, must complete the English Course Finder prior to attending Orientation.

The English Course Finder gives students the opportunity to discuss their writing history and provide a writing sample to demonstrate the expression of ideas, attention to grammar, and development of perspective. Students will read a short passage and an assignment question that are based on a relevant or cultural issue. Students are expected to support their position with appropriate reasoning and examples. The individual position of each student will not influence score or placement.

The university's college writing faculty evaluates each student's writing sample and works with the student to determine placement into his or her writing course.

A sample essay (pdf) with reviewers' comments, is available for your review.

You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view any pdf files. It can be download for free from the Adobe website.