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Do I need to take placement tests before registering for classes?

UTplacement tests and/or ACT and SAT scores are used to determine if students have the necessary academic preparation for courses in composition, mathematics, chemistry, and foreign languages. You may need to take placement tests before registering for classes if any of the following criteria apply to you:

New Adult and Direct from High School Students

  • You did not take the ACT or SAT test, or your scores are not high enough to determine placement in composition and mathematics.
  • Your UT major requires calculus.
  • Your UT major requires chemistry and you took chemistry in high school.
  • You took a foreign language in high school and plan to use the same language to satisfy the College of Arts and Sciences Foreign Language requirement.

Transfer Students

  • You did not take college-level composition or mathematics at your previous institution, or UT did not accept your college-level composition or mathematics.
  • Your UT major requires chemistry and you did not take chemistry at your previous institution, but did take chemistry in high school.
  • You are admitted to any Arts and Sciences program or are enrolled in another college's program requiring foreign language, and you took a foreign language in high school and plan to use the same language to satisfy your foreign language requirement.

Placement Test General Information

  • Aplacement test can only be taken once.
  • Only accepted students are eligible to take placement tests.
  • Placement tests are free.
  • Math, chemistry, and foreign language placement test scores are often available on the same day the test is taken.
  • The English composition placement test results take three business days.
  • If possible, it is recommended that new students take the necessary placement tests before meeting with an Academic Adviser in order to facilitate registering for classes.
Arts and Sciences majors that require Chemistry:
Biology
Chemistry
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Geology
Medical Technology
Physics
Pre-dental, Pre-med, Pre-vet
Arts and Sciences majors that require Calculus:
Astronomy
Biology (optional)
Chemistry
Ecomomics (optional)
Environmental Science (optional)
Mathematics
Physics
Last Updated: 3/22/15