Placement Exams

Composition Placement 

All students are required to take six credit hours of Written and Oral Communication courses within the Dearborn Discovery Core. FTIAC student placement into a Written and Oral Communication course is based on a student’s test score on the SAT, ACT, Advanced Placement (AP) exam, International Baccalaureate (IB) exam, or dual enrollment credit.[1] The following chart provides the scores along with the corresponding course placement:

For transfer students, UM-Dearborn will accept their COMP 105/106/270/280 equivalencies. If the transfer students have not brought in any COMP courses, then they must take COMP 105 and satisfy the remaining requirements of the Dearborn Discovery Core.

Any students who receive a COMP placement equivalent to COMP 106 will have both COMP 105 and 3 credits of GEWO waived effective Fall 2017. Completing COMP 106 (or COMP 220 or COMP 270 or COMP 280) will fulfill the GEWO requirement for any student placed into COMP 106 (CPAS 30 or CPL 106). This is true for both SAT/ACT placement effective Fall 2020 or the previous COMP placement exam.

Mathematics Placement

Unless one or more of the following conditions are met, all undergraduate students at the University of Michigan-Dearborn are expected to take the Math Placement exam, either on campus or remotely, as soon as they are admitted. 

  • Students who have been awarded credit for AP Calculus with a score of 3 on Calculus AB or BC exam

  • FTIAC students with a Math SAT score at or above 620

  • Students awarded academic credit through dual enrollment with coursework equivalent to Precalculus (Math 105) with a C grade or better

Students who are not satisfied with their score or placement may choose to retake the placement exam on campus after a period of at least 14 days. 

If a student remains unsatisfied with their placement after taking the exam for a second time, they may appeal the decision to the Department of Mathematics and Statistics which will consider the appeal based on the following criteria: 

  • Student’s Math SAT score

  • Results from student’s mathematics class taken during senior year of high school

  • Level and grade of student’s last mathematics class completed in high school 

In order to avail themselves of the appeals process, a student must provide their high school transcript to the Department of Mathematics and Statistics along with a brief statement which includes a rationale for why a different Math placement should be granted.

Foreign Language Placement 

The Foreign Language Placement Exam is strongly encouraged of all College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters students. Placement exams are offered in French, German, and Spanish as a computer-based exam, and Arabic as a paper-based exam. It will take approximately 2-3 weeks to receive your placement exam results in the mail.