The scoop on placement testing

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.

What else should I know about the tests?
The chemistry placement test begins with an initial assessment, which may only be taken once. A score of 80% or higher will allow you to register for CHEM 1061/65 (the first chemistry course in the freshman sequence) on your Orientation date. However, you will be expected to follow through with additional learning modules and assessments until you reach 100% on the test by August 15th. If you do not, you will be dropped from CHEM 1061/65 and asked to register for pre-chemistry (CHEM 1015). There are no exceptions to this policy.

In order to complete the tests, it's important that you submit your scores. For the chemistry placement test, click the "accept" button. For the math placement test, click the "submit" button. It may take a while for scores to be available on your checklist.

Please note that the chemistry placement test will allow you to login again to continue with the learning modules and additional assessments to reach the needed score of 100%.

The Office of Undergraduate Education offers additional information on the math and chemistry placement tests. It is important that you read it prior to taking the exams.


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