Placement Exam Guidelines

  • Placement exams are administered by the Student Success Center (SSC), 285 University Pavilion (UPAV), on a walk-in basis. 
  • Normal office hours are 8:00 am - 6:30 pm Monday through Thursday, and 8:00 am - 5:00 pm on Friday.  See the SSC website for exceptions to normal office hours.
  • Please allow enough time to complete any exam(s) you wish to take before the office closes.
  • Use of calculators, cell phones, or any other electronic devices is prohibited; only scratch paper and pencils are allowed during the placement exam.
  • Exam results will be available in the Student Information System (SIS): 
    Student Services>Student Records>View Placement Exam Results.
  • Exam results will not be given out over the telephone.
  • New students are registered for required placement exams when registering for new student orientation.  For more information visit www.umflint.edu/orientation
  • Prior to completing placement exams online, it is recommended to complete “Blackboard Orientation”.
  • Non-Academic students (including those in the ELP program) do not take placement exams.
  • If you have any questions regarding placement exams, please contact the Student Success Center (285 University Pavilion) at (810) 762-3085 or studentsuccess@umflint.edu

CSC 121

Exam Information:

Click here for the CSC 121 Required Knowledge sheet.

What exam is for:

  • To receive credit for, or waive CSC 121 – Using a Computer System.

Who should take exam:

  • Any currently enrolled student who does not have credit for CSC 121.

Who should not take exam:

  • Students who have previously completed the exam, or have credit for CSC 121.
  • Non-Academic students (including those in the ELP program) do not take placement exams.

How to/where/location:

  • The exam is administered on a walk-in basis in the SSC, 285 UPAV.  Prior to completing placement exams online, it is recommended to complete “Blackboard Orientation”.

Time limits:

  • You should allow approximately four hours to complete the CSC 121 exam.

Scoring – turnaround time:

  • SSC will grade the exam and your score will be available in approximately 24-72 hours in SIS (Student Services>Student Records>View Placement Exam Results).

Retake Information:

  • No retakes allowed.  The exam may be taken only once.

Department Contact Information:

  • Computer Science, Engineering and Physics (CSEP), 207 MSB, (810) 762-3131.

Foreign Languages

Exam Information:

Incoming freshmen are placed in Foreign Language courses according to the following placement guide:

YEARS OF STUDY

(High School or equiv.)

UM-FLINT PLACEMENT

Two years or less in 9th and 10th grade

FRN, GER, SPN 111, LAT/PTG 104

Two years in 10th  & 11th or 11th & 12th grade

FRN, GER, SPN 112, LAT/PTG 105

Three years in 9th, 10th and 11th grade

FRN, GER, SPN 112, LAT/PTG 105 or depending on grades, 211

Three years in 10th, 11th and 12th grade

FRN, GER, SPN, 211 or 212 depending on grades

Four years – 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade

212 or placement

What exam is for:

  • To determine foreign language placement.

Who should take exam:

  • Based on your foreign language background, the department will determine if you need to take the placement exam.
  • All Bachelor of Arts degrees require successful completion of a foreign language.
  • Most Bachelor of Science degrees, all Business degrees, Applied Science degrees and Nursing degrees do not require a foreign language.
  • A Foreign Language placement test should be considered only if the student feels that there are special circumstances that make the placement guidelines inappropriate, e.g., if there has been a lapse of more than two years since the language was last studied or if they wish to take a course higher than that indicated by the guidelines.
  • Students must take the placement test if they meet both of the following conditions:
    • They wish to meet the Area Option (requirement) in Foreign Languages solely with courses taken in high school or at other colleges, and they do not wish to take courses beyond French, German, or Spanish 112.

Who should not take exam:

  • Students who have already done college-level work in French, German or Spanish at the University of Michigan-Flint may not take the placement test without permission of the Department Chair.
  • Students who have enrolled at some time in a basic language course at UM-Flint are not eligible to take the placement test. 
  • Please note that in special cases it is possible to make exceptions – refer individual cases to the Department Chair.
  • Non-Academic students (including those in the ELP program) do not take placement exams.

How to/where/location:

  • Contact the Foreign Languages department.

Time limits:

  • Contact the Foreign Languages department.

Scoring – turnaround time:

  • Contact the Foreign Languages department.

Retake Information:

  • Contact the Foreign Languages department.

Department Contact Information:

  • Foreign Language Department, 344 French Hall, (810) 762-3370.

Math

Exam Information:

What exam is for:

  • This exam, if taken as directed, is a satisfactory instrument in determining with which math course you should begin.

Who should take exam:

  • An incoming freshman should take the math placement exam.
  • A transfer student should take the math placement exam if they:
    • Have not transferred in a math course numbered 090 or higher
    • Have credit for MTH 112
  • A current student should take the math placement exam HARDCOPY if they:
    • Have not enrolled in or completed a UM-Flint math course within the last three years

Who should not take exam:

  • Any student who has already taken, enrolled in, or transferred in mathematics courses.
  • If you have taken the Advanced Placement test (AP) in math, be sure to have your AP results sent to UM-Flint’s Admissions Office.  You do NOT need to take the math placement test if you received a score of 3 or higher on either the Calculus AB or Calculus BC test.  If you have not received your score, you WILL need to complete the exam.
  • Non-Academic students (including those in the ELP program) do not take placement exams.
  • GEC students who want to take the math placement exam should be referred to GEC.

How to/where/location:

  • Available online ONLY for newly admitted students before they begin their first semester 
    -OR- exam must be taken in the Student Success Center (285 University Pavilion)
  • Prior to completing placement exams online, it is recommended to complete “Blackboard Orientation”.

Time limits:

  • The exam is timed for one hour and fifteen minutes. 

Scoring – turnaround time:

  • You will receive your score immediately following completion of the exam.

Retake Information:

  • The Math Department allows students only one retake (at least 30 days after initial attempt) and must be completed in the SSC.  

Department Contact Information:

  • Mathematics Department, 402 MSB, (810) 762-3244.

Reading (DRP)

Exam Information:

What exam is for:

  • To waive ENG 100.

What is ENG 100?

ENG 100 - Col Reading & Learning Strat

Intensive work in reading for comprehension and associated learning strategies. Designed to help the student become an active, independent learner. May be required on the basis of test performance or may be elected by students, including transfer and returning students, who desire to improve their reading and learning skills. It is strongly suggested that students taking ENG 100 enroll concurrently in at least one 100-level lecture course in any subject area. Graded ABCN. 
3.000 Credit hours 

Note:  ENG 100 may be taken with ENG 109 and ENG 111

Note:  ENG 100 and ENG 111 are both pre-requisites for ENG 112

Who should take exam:

  • Students who place into ENG 100 may either choose to take ENG 100 or they may take the exam to attempt to waive ENG 100.
  • How do you place into ENG 100?
    • Students with an 18 or lower ACT Reading score are required to take ENG 100.
    • Students with a 390 or lower SAT Reading score are required to take ENG 100.
    • Students who do not have an ACT or SAT score are required to take ENG 100.
  • Current Students only need to take the exam if their advisor/counselor recommends that they take it.
  • Your Reading Placement and Writing Placement are separate, but those required to take ENG 100 cannot take ENG 112 in the writing sequence until they have completed their reading requirement.

Who should not take exam:

  • Transfer students DO NOT need to take the exam.
  • Students that take ENG 111 as a dual enrollee and then want to take ENG 112 as a dual enrollee do not need to take the exam.
  • Non-Academic students (including those in the ELP program) do not take placement exams.

How to/where/location:

  • The exam is administered on a walk-in basis in the Student Success Center, 285 UPAV.

Time limits:

  • No time limit.
  • Allow approximately one hour for the exam. 

Scoring – turnaround time:

  • This exam is scored immediately.

Retake Information:

  • At least 60 days must pass before the student is allowed to retake the exam.

Department Contact Information:

  • English, 326 FH, (810) 762-3285.

Writing

Exam Information:

What exam is for:

  • The Writing Placement Exam will determine your writing placement.
  • Exam determines if you need ENG 109.

Who should take exam:

  • Students should take the exam if:
    • You have not received credit or transfer credit for ENG 112 -OR-
    • You have an ACT Composite of 21 or lower -OR-
    • You have an SAT Writing Score of 509 or lower.
  • NOTE: The exam is required prior to election of ENG 112.
  • Your Reading Placement and Writing Placement are separate, but those required to take ENG 100 cannot take ENG 112 in the writing sequence until they have completed their reading requirement.

Who should not take exam:

  • Students with AP or CLEP credit for ENG 111 are placed directly into ENG 112 and do not need to complete the exam.
  • Non-Academic students (including those in the ELP program) do not take placement exams.

How to/where/location:

  • Available online for all students -OR-
  • Exam may be taken in the Student Success Center (285 University Pavilion).
  • Prior to completing placement exams online, it is recommended to complete “Blackboard Orientation”.

Time limits:

  • No time limit.
  • Allow approximately one (1) hour for the exam. 

Scoring – turnaround time:

  • Your score and your writing course placement will be available in SIS (Student Services>Student Records>View Placement Exam Results) once two readers from the writing program have read and evaluated your writing. 

Retake Information:

  • For retakes, contact the English department.  Two weeks should elapse between attempts.

Department Contact Information:

  • English, 326 FH, (810) 762-3285.

ENG 109:

Students may place into ENG 109 for 1 credit or 3 credits.

How do you place into ENG 109?

Placement is based on the writing placement exam.

What is ENG 109?

ENG 109 - College Writing Workshop

PR: Placement by departmental examination or consent of instructor.

Individual help for students having problems with writing. Work required in the Writing Center. The course cannot be added for three credits after the first week, nor for two credits after the fifth week, nor for one credit after the eighth week. May be reelected to a total of three credits.Graded ABCN.

1.000 TO 3.000 Credit hours 

What does ENG 109 for 1 or 3 credits mean?

3 credits of ENG 109 requires logging eighty-four (84) hours during the semester. Fifty-six (56) hours will be completed in the Writing Center and twenty-eight (28) hours will be completed in class.  *Note:  ENG 109 for 3 credits must be taken before ENG 111

1 credit of ENG 109 requires logging twenty-eight (28) hours in the Writing Center during the semester in addition to being enrolled in ENG 111 (or ENG 112 for those students that already have credit for ENG 111).                              

*You must go to the Writing Center on the 2nd Floor of the University Library on the first day of the semester to sign up for your day and time if you need it for 1 credit.—No day and time is posted in the course schedule since you will choose that at the Writing Center.  *Note:  ENG 109 for 1 credit must be taken with ENG 111.

Frequently Asked Questions for International Writing Placement Exam:

  Q: Can I re-take the writing placement test to try for a better score?

A: No. This test is designed to identify the best starting point for you in the writing program. The test is directly tied to the writing curriculum, and will ensure that you get the right amount of support in developing your academic writing skills.

Q: When should I take the writing courses?

A: If you are placed into LIN101 or LIN102, you should take that class in your first semester. These classes will not only prepare you for the rest of the writing program, they will help you adjust to the academic expectations and culture at UM-Flint. They will also put you on track to finish the writing program in your first couple of years at the university. If you are placed in ENG111/109, it is a good idea for you to enroll in these classes in your first semester. These courses will help you to develop your writing skills which will be useful across all disciplines.

Q: I placed into ENG111/109. Do I have to take the reading placement test?

A: If you are a transfer student, you do not need to take the reading placement exam. If you took the ACT or SAT, your score will determine whether you need to enroll in ENG100. Your advisor will be able to tell you whether you are required to take ENG100. If you placed into ENG100 based on your ACT or SAT score, you may wish to take the reading placement test to determine if ENG100 can be waived. If you did not take either the SAT or ACT tests, or wish to try to waive ENG100, you MUST take the reading placement test to determine whether you should enroll in ENG100. If you placed into LIN101 or LIN102, passing these courses waive the requirement for ENG100 and the test.

Q: Where do I take the reading placement test?

A: The exam must be taken in the Student Success Center, and will take approximately 1 hour to complete. If you place into ENG100, you must take the course, and it is advisable to take the course in your first year at the university. Like ENG111, ENG100 is a prerequisite for ENG112. Even if you pass ENG111, you will not be able to register for ENG112 unless you have completed or waived the ENG100 requirement.

Q: Where can I get extra help with my writing?

A: The Marian E. Wright Writing Center, which is located in the university library, can help you with your writing. They help writers with any stage of the writing process (getting started, fine tuning topics, developing ideas or revising, finishing papers, and working on MLA and APA citations). The tutors at the writing center DO NOT edit papers for you. You can sign up for an appointment.

Q: How do I register for ENG109 or ENG110?

A: Register for ENG109-01 or ENG110-01 through SIS, then sign up for your hours at the Marian E. Wright Writing Center. You should sign up in the first week of classes to have the best selection of meeting times. IMPORTANT: Bring your course and work schedule with you so that you don’t schedule your workshops at the same time as classes or your job.

Q: Where can I get more information about the writing program and writing culture at UM-Flint?

A:  There is a document available online or in hard copy: The First Year Writing Survival Kit. To find it online, go to the English department website and there is a link on the left side of the screen https://www.umflint.edu/sites/default/files/groups/English_Department/kit19.pdf.

Exam Results

Exam results will be available in the Student Information System (SIS): 
Student Services>Student Records>View Placement Exam Results. 
Exam results will not be given out over the telephone.

If you have any questions regarding placement exams, please contact the Student Success Center (285 University Pavilion) at (810) 762-3085 or studentsuccess@umflint.edu

CSC 121
Foreign Language
Math
Reading (DRP)
Writing
 

CSC 121

Credit vs. Waiver

The exam can be taken for Credit or Waiver

  • CSC 121: course waived – student has chosen to waive Computer Science 121.
  • CSC 121: taking grade/credit – student has chosen to have the exam grade included in their GPA by enrolling in CSC 121, Section 99 and paying for the course.
  • If student chooses to register for CSC 121 for credit, student should login to SIS and add CSC 121-99.
  • Students will be unable to register for CSC 121-99 after the add deadline without instructor override.  Students should contact instructor or Computer Science department chair by email.
  • A student’s registration should not be changed to section 99 from a different section after the add deadline for the section the student is registered in without first consulting the assigned instructor. 

Scoring

Score 85-100
You can take the credit and grade of “A” -OR- You can waive the course

Score 75-84
You can take the credit and grade of “B”

Score 65-74
You can take the credit and grade of “C”

Score 60-64
You can take the credit and grade of “D”

Score 0-59
You cannot take the credit or grade 

Foreign Language

Contact the Foreign Languages department at (810) 762-3370 or 344 French Hall.  https://www.umflint.edu/fll. 

Math

Take Beg Algebra at Comm Coll
You have placed into beginning algebra. The beginning algebra course is not offered at the University of Michigan-Flint. You may take the course as a guest student at your local community college.

Math Placement into 090
You have placed into Intermediate Algebra. The credit for Math 090 does not count in the total credits needed for graduation.

Math Placement into 111
You have placed into College Algebra.

Math Placement into 118
You have placed into Calculus for business management.

Math Placement into 120
You have placed into Pre-Calculus.

Math Placement into 121
You have placed into Calculus I.

Must take Blue Math Exam
Your score on the Yellow Math Exam indicates that you need to complete the Blue Math Exam for your placement.

Must take Yellow Math Exam
Your score on the Blue Math Exam indicates that you need to complete the Yellow Math Exam for your placement.

Beginning Algebra at Community College:

A qualifying score in the math placement test here at the University of Michigan-Flint can result in placement into;

MTH 121- Calculus 1 (highest)

MTH 120- Pre-calculus or MTH 118- Calculus for management and social sciences

MTH 111- College algebra

MTH 090- Intermediate algebra (lowest)

I TOOK THE MATH PLACEMENT TEST AND I DIDN’T PLACE INTO MTH 090. WHAT NEXT?

OPTION 1

Retake test 30 days after the completion of the prior test (1 retake allowed).

OPTION 2

Take a beginning math course at a community college.

WHAT ARE THE STEPS FOR TAKING A BEGINNING MATH COURSE AT A COMMUNITY COLLEGE?

  1. Identify a community college you can attend as a guest student.
  2. Apply as a guest student.
    https://www.umflint.edu/admissions/others 
    (Print out the Michigan uniform undergraduate guest application)
  3. Register for a beginning math course; take a placement test if needed to determine which course to take. Course will usually be named Beginning Algebra
    *NOTE: For students registering as guest students at Mott Community College, MATH 110 (Beginning Algebra) is the ideal beginning math course. Placement test are required as well
  4. Register for your other classes here at the University of Michigan-Flint.
  5. After completing the math course with a satisfactory grade, take transcripts directly to the Math department, University of Michigan-Flint.
  6. The Math department gives an electronic override to take MTH 090.

WHAT ARE THE FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS?

Student using financial aid will have to pay for the math course at a community college out of pocket.

Also students taking the beginning math course at a community college as a guest student will have to be full time as a student here at the University of Michigan-Flint to be eligible for full financial aid. 

Reading (DRP)

ACT reading requires ENG 100*
Based upon your ACT score for reading, you are required to take ENG 100.

ACT reading waives ENG 100
Based upon your ACT score for reading, you are not required to take ENG 100.

Reading: ENG 100 not required
Based upon your score on the Reading Placement Exam, you are not required to take ENG 100.

Reading Plcmt into ENG 100
Based upon your score on the Reading Placement Exam, you are required to take ENG 100.

SAT reading requires ENG 100*
Based upon your SAT score for reading, you are required to take ENG 100.

SAT reading waives ENG 100
Based upon your SAT score for reading, you are not required to take ENG 100.

WRT Plcmt: LIN 101
Based upon your Writing Placement Exam score, you are not required to take ENG 100.

WRT Plcmt: LIN 102
Based upon your Writing Placement Exam score, you are not required to take ENG 100.

*If your ACT or SAT scores have required you to take ENG 100, you may still be eligible to waive the course by taking the exam. 

Writing Placement Exam*

WRT Plcmt: ENG 109 (1 credit)
You placed into one (1) credit of ENG 109 which requires logging twenty-eight (28) hours in the Writing Center during the semester in addition to being enrolled in ENG 111 (or ENG 112 for those students that already have credit for ENG 111).

WRT Plcmt: ENG 109 (3 credits)
You placed into three (3) credits of ENG 109 which requires logging eighty-four (84) hours during the semester. Fifty-six (56) hours will be completed in the Writing Center and twenty-eight (28) hours will be completed in class. 

WRT Plcmt: ENG 111
You have been placed into ENG 111. Your writing skills are sufficient for enrollment in ENG 111. 

WRT Plcmt: ENG 112
You have been placed into ENG 112. Your writing skills are sufficient for enrollment in ENG 112 or you have transferred AP credits or credits for ENG 111 from another institution.

WRT Plcmt: LIN 101
Take in this order: LIN 101, LIN 102, ENG 111; no reading exam required. 

WRT Plcmt: LIN 102
Take in this order: LIN 102, ENG 111; no reading exam required.

*Writing Placement Exam performance will not exempt students from ENG 111 or ENG 112 but rather will determine if additional help through ENG 109 is needed during or before completing the ENG 111 and ENG 112 sequence.

Understanding Your International Writing Placement Exam Score:

PLACEMENT: ENROLL IN THIS COURSE ___________

  • LIN101: Academic Skills for Non-Native English Writers
  • LIN102: Advanced Academic Skills for Non-Native English Writers
  • ENG111 & ENG109-01:* College Rhetoric and College Writing Workshop for 1 credit
  • ENG111:* College Rhetoric

*Must take reading exam

ADDITIONAL 1 CREDIT COURSES

  • ENG 109-01: College Writing Workshop and ENG110-01: College Writing Workshop II 
    Independent study in the Writing Center for students who need further work in writing. Students may elect to take one credit of ENG 109 or ENG 110 a semester; ENG 109 and ENG 110 can be repeated for up to three credits. ENG110 is specifically designed for non-native English writers. 

UNDERSTANDING YOUR PLACEMENT:

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS:

  • LIN101: Academic Skills for Non-Native English Writers
    Intensive work developing academic English skills that Non-Native English (NNE) writers will need to succeed at the university. Focus on grammar, vocabulary, and organization of ideas into paragraphs and short essays, with additional support and development of reading skills, vocabulary building, and listening/speaking practice. Special focus on writing organized, coherent and grammatically correct paragraphs and short essays in the style expected of university level writing.
  • LIN102: Advanced Academic Skills for Non-Native English Writers
    Experience in writing in recognized rhetorical modes, particularly focusing on developing grammar and vocabulary Non-Native English (NNE) writers need for writing persuasive essays. Intensive work in writing organized, coherent and grammatically correct essays in the style expected of university-level writing, with integrated support for developing reading, critical thinking, listening and speaking skills.
  • ENG109: College Writing Workshop
    Individual help for students having problems with writing. Work required in the Writing Center.
  • ENG111: College Rhetoric
    Introductory course in composition emphasizing written expression appropriate to successful college level work. Analytical readings; creative and critical thinking; development of a student’s sense of integrity as a writer.
  • ENG112: Critical Writing and Reading
    Intensive course in critical and analytical reading, writing and research strategies necessary for successful academic work. Techniques for essay exams; argumentative, analytical, and critical papers; undergraduate research.