Placement tests and ACT (or SAT) scores are utilized by departments to place students into the correct math, chemistry and foreign language courses based on skill level. Placement tests need to be taken BEFORE you attend new or transfer student orientation. No appointments are needed for tests available in the Main Campus Test Center. Information on taking placement tests specific to academic majors can be found at Placement Testing Services. Below are placement tests that may be required by a program of study.
Mathematics Placement Tests: All baccalaureate degrees at UT require at least one mathematics course. The major you plan to pursue, your math ACT or SAT score, and/or the score(s) from your mathematics placement test(s) will be used by your advisor to determine your first mathematics course. The mathematics placement test can be taken an online through ALEKS or as a paper based exam in the Main Campus Test Center. ALEKS is an online system that uses adaptive questioning to quickly and accurately assess student knowledge. It can be accessed on any computer with internet access that meets the system requirements.
Foreign Language Placement Test: If your academic major requires you to complete coursework in a foreign language, and you have one or more years of foreign language from high school, take the placement test in that language to assess your skill level. The test covers grammatical structures, vocabulary and reading comprehension. French, German, Japanese, Latin and Spanish foreign language placement tests can be completed at the Main Campus Test Center (Field House, Room 1080). Other languages such as Arabic and Chinese must be scheduled through the Foreign Language Department.
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 through ALEKS Chemistry Placement Test or a paper based test is available in the Main Campus Test Center. Exceptions occur if you have an AP Chemistry score of 3 or higher, transfer credit equivalent to CHEM 1090 (Elementary Chemistry) 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.
Chemistry for Health Sciences Placement Test: If your major or program requires you to complete CHEM 1120, Chemistry for Health Sciences, you will be required to take a chemistry placement exam (Nursing and Respiratory Care ONLY). Exemptions occur if you meet one of the following criteria:
- You have transfer credit equivalent for CHEM 1110 or CHEM 1120 at UT; or
- You have not completed any high school chemistry course. If you have not completed at least one year of high school chemistry, you will be enrolled in CHEM 1110.
The Chemistry for Health Sciences Placement Test is a computer-based exam available only at the Main Campus Test Center.
If you have any questions regarding placement tests, contact an academic advisor in your college. Academic advisors will be available during your orientation program to assist you. Students with disabilities who need assistance with placement tests are encouraged to contact Student Disability Services for support services and/or accommodations.