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Placement Testing for College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Math Placement

  • Environmental Studies, Medical Technology, and BA Biology Majors:
    ALEKS Placement should be taken
    (1) by students who did not complete Algebra I and II in high school and
    (2) by students with Math ACT below 20 or Math SAT below 480 (New SAT below 510)  
  • BS Biology and Environmental Sciences Majors
    ALEKS Placement  should be taken
    (1) by students who did not complete Algebra I and II in high school and
    (2) by students with Math ACT below 22 or Math SAT below 520 (New SAT below 550)

  • Astronomy, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Geology, Math, Physics and Undecided Majors
    ALEKS Placement should be taken regardless of ACT scores

Math Placement Tests:  All students requiring a Math placement test are strongly advised to take the on-line ALEKS placement to insure appropriate Math enrollment. ALEKS provides up to six months of online tutorials to improve your knowledge and two opportunities to retake the test to improve your placement. Students can complete the tutorials and test from any computer in any location. If the end result is a higher math placement, ALEKS is well worth the nominal cost. New students are urged to plan ahead and allow adequate time to complete the ALEKS process in order to have final ALEKS test scores prior to their registered Rocket Launch Orientation dates. Detailed information about ALEKS can be found HERE. 

Chemistry Placement

  • All Majors except Math
    ALEKS CHEMISTRY TEST is required for all students who took high school chemistry. 

Chemistry Placement Test

  • If the curriculum of your major requires you to complete CHEM 1230, General Chemistry I, in most cases you will be required to take a chemistry placement test.  Exceptions occur if you have an AP Chemistry score of 3 or higher, transfer credit equivalent to CHEM 1090 or CHEM 1230 at UT, or if you have not completed any high school chemistry course. 
  • If you have not completed at least a year of high school chemistry you will enroll in CHEM 1090, Elementary Chemistry before taking CHEM 1230.

  • Details of the two available tests are described in a handout found HERE

  • There is no fee for the ALEKS Chemistry Placement Test. After reading the Chemistry Placement test document, and reviewing your chemistry knowledge, if you wish to take the ALEKS Chemistry Placement Exam click on this button to begin:  BEGIN. 

Foreign Language Placement

  • All BA Majors
    FOREIGN LANGUAGE PLACEMENT TEST is recommended for students who have studied two or more years of the same language in high school and intend to use this language to meet a foreign language requirement.  Students in these BA majors havea foreign language requirement.

    Any Major with interest in FL minor or FL elective Credit
    FOREIGN LANGUAGE PLACEMENT TEST is recommended for students who have studied two or more years of the same language in high school and intend to use this language to meet a Foreign Language requirement or take Foreign Language as an elective.

 

 

Last Updated: 6/9/17