Placement Examinations

English Placement Exam

The English Placement Exam is required of all students upon entering UM-Dearborn. Freshmen must take the placement exam before orientation. Transfer students must take the placement exam within the first semester of enrollment at UM-Dearborn. A student who does not take the placement exam within the specified time period will be given a hold which will prevent registration.

The exam may only be taken once.

In order to appeal the results of a placement exam, a student may submit a portfolio for consideration by the Writing Program. Appeals must be submitted by the end of the last week of classes in the first semester a student is enrolled. Any student who has not taken the English Composition Placement Exam prior to the sixth week of their first enrolled semester will be given 8 weeks from their exam date to submit an appeal. Submission of a portfolio does not guarantee a successful appeal.

Mathematics Placement Exam
The Mathematics Placement Exam is required of all freshmen before they register for a mathematics course.

Transfer students are also required to take the placement exam before they register for a mathematics course unless they fall within one of the college-specific exemptions listed below:

  • College of Engineering and Computer Science students who are transferring in the UM-Dearborn equivalent of Calculus I (Math 113/115) or higher with a "C" or better, are not required to take the exam.
  • If you are in the College of Business and you are transferring in the UM-Dearborn equivalent finite math, college algebra (Math 080), or Pre-Calculus (Math 105) with a "C" or better, it exempts you from the exam.
  • If you are in the College of Education, Health, and Human Services and are not a Mathematics major or minor, you are exempt from the exam.
  • If you are in the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters and you are transferring in the equivalent of Pre-Calculus (Math 105) and higher or you plan to take Math 131 (Conceptual Mathematics), you are exempt from the exam. However, if you are enrolled as a Math or Secondary Education Math major/minor and are not transferring in Pre-Calculus, you will need to take the exam.


All students can take the Mathematics placement exam up to three times (with 30-day wait periods).