Placement tests: What you need to know before Orientation

Orientation will be here soon! Before you come to campus, the CSE Academic Advising team wants to remind you to have your placement exams completed. We've provided answers to the most commonly asked questions about placement exams.
Can you believe that Orientation is almost here already? We hope you are as excited as we are!

Before you arrive on campus, the CSE Academic Advising team wants to remind you to have your placement exams completed.

To help you out, we've provided answers to a few of the most commonly asked questions about placement exams.

Who needs to take the placement exams?
All incoming CSE first-year students must take the placement exams, including those who expect pre-college credit (AP or IB) or who have earned college credit.

How do I take the placement exams?
You can access your exams through the New Student Checklist. The tests are online and timed.

What exams do I need to take?
All incoming CSE first-year students must take the calculus and chemistry tests. These will be assigned to you on your New Student Checklist.

Why do I need to take placement tests?
The exams are designed to assess your readiness for the rigor of coursework at the University of Minnesota. Knowing where you stand will inform your registration choices.

What if I already have AP, IB, or college credit for math or chemistry? Will I lose that credit if I place lower?
No. However, you still need to take the placement tests in order to assess your readiness for the curriculum at the University of Minnesota. Taking the placement tests will not negate the credit you have already earned for AP, IB, or earned college credit (PSEO/CIS). However, if you place lower than what would be expected based on your previous coursework, it could be an indicator that you are not prepared to move forward. Making this determination will involve having a conversation with your advisor at Orientation.

When will I know my placement?
On your Orientation date, you and your advisor will discuss your scores and how they will influence your registration.

Additional information regarding chemistry placement testing:
If you have issues or technical questions regarding the chemistry placement exam, you should contact ALEKS directly at 714-619-7090 or https://www.aleks.com/support/form, as they support the platform used for the chemistry placement test.
 
For additional information on placement testing, see this resource from the Office of Undergraduate Education.

Hopefully this has provided you with some additional insight about the placement tests. We look forward to seeing you on campus soon!