Determining Which Placement Exams to Take

Below is a quick-glance list of required tests by school/college/program for first-year students. A general guide of how to interpret the chart:

 

Required = your school/college requires you to take the online placement exam. In the case of languages, if you do not have any experience in a foreign language, you are not required to take a language placement exam. Requirement is only if you have prior experience and plan to continue to enroll in that language.

 

Not required = your school/college does not require you to take the online placement exam.

 

Encouraged = While not required, if you intend to continue to take coursework in that subject, you should take the exam.

 

See below = there are specific circumstances that may require you to take the exam, see the notes below the chart.

 

FRESHMEN STUDENT PLACEMENT EXAMS

School/College/

Program

Math

(Online)

DSP for

Writing

(Online)

Chemistry

(Online)

Languages

(Only if you have prior experience)

Architecture

required

required

not required

encouraged

Art & Design

required

required

encouraged

required

Art & Design - BBA Preferred Admit to Ross

required

required

encouraged

required

Engineering

required

not required

required

see below*

Engineering - BBA Preferred Admit to Ross

required

required

required

required*

Kinesiology

required

required

required

encouraged

Kinesiology - BBA Preferred Admit to Ross

required

required

required

required

Literature, Science & Arts (LSA)

required

required

encouraged

required

LSA: Comprehensive Studies Program (CSP)

required

required

encouraged

encouraged

LSA: Honors Program

required

not required

encouraged

required

LSA: Residential College

required

required

encouraged

required

Music, Musical Theatre, Theatre, Dance (SMTD)

see below^

required

not required

see below+

SMTD - BBA Preferred Admit to Ross

required

required

encouraged

required

Nursing

not required

required

not required

not required

Ross Business School Direct Admit

required

required

encouraged

required

 

* College of Engineering students are encouraged, though not required, to take language placement exams. Depending on their score, students may receive academic credit. Students intending to enroll in a language course in their first term should take the placement online in advance. Students who are intending to use the placement for credit should wait until the Fall to take the placement. College of Engineering students who are preferred admits to the Ross Business School are required to take a language placement exam if they have any experience in one (for languages available to take online in advance).

 

^ If you are studying Performing Arts Technology (PAT) in the School of Music, Theater, and Dance (SMTD), you are required to take the math placement exam. If you are a SMTD student who is a preferred admit to the Ross Business School, you are required to take the math placement exam. All other SMTD students are exempt from this test.

 

+ If you are studying Piano or Voice Performance, Musical Theatre, or Theatre Performance (Acting) in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance, you are required to take a language placement exam. If you are a SMTD student who is a preferred admit to the Ross Business School, you are required to take a language placement exam. All other SMTD students are not required to take a language placement exam, but are encouraged to do so if you have any previous experience with a language.