Placement Exam Guidelines

Placement exams are administered in the Student Success Center (285 University Pavilion) 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. Please allow enough time to complete any exam(s) you wish to take.

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

Visit this link for help understanding your placement exam results.

COMPUTER SCIENCE 121 EXAM

  • Exam must be taken in the Student Success Center (285 University Pavilion).
  • Allow approximately 4 hours to complete the CSC 121 Exam.
  • Exam may only be taken once.
  • Students can choose to take the CSC 121 Exam and either waive the course or receive credit. If you choose to receive credit, you will have to pay the tuition but will not be required to attend the course. The grade on the placement exam will count as the grade for the course. If you choose to waive the course, a score of 85% on the exam is mandatory.

    Click here for the CSC 121 Required Knowledge sheet.

 

ENGLISH PLACEMENT EXAMS

Reading (DRP) - Determines if you need ENG 100

  • Exam must be taken in the Student Success Center (285 University Pavilion).
  • Allow approximately 1 hour to complete the English Reading Exam.

    Students should take the Reading exam if:

  • You were originally admitted as a freshman without ACT or SAT scores -OR-
  • Your advisor recommends you take it.

    NOTE: Transfer students DO NOT need to take the reading placement exam.

Writing (WPX) - Determines if you need ENG 109

  • Available online for all students -OR-
  • Exam may be taken in the Student Success Center (285 University Pavilion)
  • Allow approximately 1 hour to complete the English Writing Exam.

    Students should take the Writing exam if:

  • You have not received credit or transfer credit for ENG 112 -OR-
  • You have an ACT Composite of 21 or lower.

    NOTE: The writing placement test is required prior to election of ENG 112 or EHS 120.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE PLACEMENT EXAMS

  • Please contact the Foreign Language Department at (810) 762-3370 if you intend to take a foreign language while at UM-Flint.

    Based on your foreign language background, the department will determine if you need to take the placement exam. Note: 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.

MATHEMATICS PLACEMENT EXAM

  • 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)
  • Allow approximately 1 hour to complete the Math Exam.

    Before registering for certain math courses, all students are required to take a mathematics placement exam UNLESS they have transferred in credit for a mathematics course taken within the last three years.

    Click here to determine if you should take the mathematics placement exam based on your major.

    Calculators may not be used. 

    Students that are enrolled in or have completed a math class at UM-Flint can NOT take the placement exam. Any exceptions to this policy fall under the direction of the Mathematics Department, 402 MSB (810) 762-3244.