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Placement Testing

AUM uses ACT/SAT scores as well as placement tests to determine initial placement in math and English. If you need to take either the math or English test, you must do so before attending New Student Orientation.

Math Placement Testing

First-time students are placed into their initial math course at AUM based on their ACT (or SAT) Math sub score.  Those without a current ACT/SAT test score (within the last five years) will be required to take the ALEKS math placement test to determine math course eligibility.  Transfer students and others with previous college credit will also have their college transcripts reviewed prior to placement.

Students with an ACT Math sub score below 20 (SAT Math below 480 [old]/530 [new]) will be placed in a developmental mathematics course, either MATH 0703 (Elementary Algebra) or MATH 0803 (Intermediate Algebra).  These courses are noncredit and do not count towards graduation, but their successful completion is required before being allowed to take a credit-bearing math course.

Students wishing to test out of one or both developmental math courses – or improve their overall math placement – can enroll in a Math Accel/Placement Course (which includes ALEKS placement testing) prior to their first semester.  This course is available as a 3-week summer boot camp in conjunction with New Student Orientation or as an online self-study program.  Please refer to the Student Orientation page or the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science page for more information.   

Complete mathematics placement information and instructions can be found on the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science page.

It is the policy of AUM to provide students with disabilities appropriate testing accommodations on the Mathematics Placement Test. Students with disabilities are encouraged to provide a minimum two weeks notification and appropriate documentation to the Center for Disability Services (CDS) for Mathematics Placement testing accommodations. Students may contact CDS in Taylor Center 147 or visit the CDS website prior to or upon enrollment at AUM.

Writing Placement Testing

You are only required to take the Writing Placement Test (WPT) if you DO NOT have ACT or SAT scores from within the last three years. If you want a review of the basics of writing, you may register for ENGL 0100, Basic Writing, and ENGL 0101, the accompanying lab, without taking the placement test.

If you have taken the ACT/SAT within the past three years, then your English/Writing subsection score will determine your Freshman English placement: with a score of 17 or lower on the ACT (449 or lower for the SAT), you will be placed in ENGL 0100/0101; with a score of 18 or higher on the ACT (450 or higher on the SAT) you will be placed in ENGL 1010.

The Writing Placement Test may only be taken once.

Writing Placement Testing Times and Days

We schedule testing times on Orientation Days. Please check with your adviser and the Orientation Team for those scheduled days/times.

During the spring, summer, and fall semesters, we schedule testing on Thursday at 12 pm (noon) only.

You must register a week in advance to take the placement test. For an appointment, please email Ms. Tara Woods in the Department of English & Philosophy at: twoods11@aum.edu.

There is no Placement Testing between terms or during holiday breaks. 

It is the policy of AUM to provide students with disabilities appropriate testing accommodations on the Writing Placement Test. Students with disabilities are encouraged to provide a minimum two weeks notification and appropriate documentation to the Center for Disability Services (CDS) for Writing Placement testing accommodations. Students may contact CDS in Taylor Center 147 or visit the CDS website prior to or upon enrollment at AUM.