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Placement test results determine your course placement for your first year.
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 Orientation@uml.edu. 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. All students will enroll in the appropriate courses based off their Placement scores at Orientation. The possible tests include:
The Calculus ALEKS and Elementary Algebra tests must be taken before a freshman can attend Orientation.
Students who major in Engineering, Science, Math, Business, Economics or Sound Recording Technology will take an online Calculus test called ALEKS utilized by the university's math department. The ALEKS Placement Test consists of 30 questions covering material from Basic Math through Pre-Calculus. The test is open for 24 hours after starting the test and will take approximately 2 - 3 hours to complete. Your score will determine placement into your initial Math course.
If you are not satisfied with your results, you may utilize the program to take the ALEKS test again after 5 hours of review. In addition to the score, you will receive a detailed progress report of your strengths and weaknesses and the opportunity to access a six month personalized Preparation and Learning module. The module will help you to strengthen your skills throughout the semester and possibly help you receive a higher grade. A strong background in Pre-Calculus is imperative for success in Calculus. Outside study aids including calculators are not permitted unless provided by the software during the 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.
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.