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

You are only allowed to take the AUM Mathematics Placement Test (MPT) if you have not taken the ACT, SAT, or MPT previously. All other students’ mathematics placement will be decided based on their ACT or SAT mathematics sub-score and previous college level mathematics coursework. If you scored 17 or lower on the mathematics portion of the ACT (439 or lower on the mathematics portion of the SAT) then you will be placed into Elementary Algebra with Lab (MATH 0700 and MATH 0701).

Please refer to the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science for complete mathematics placement information and instructions on taking the Mathematics Placement Test.

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 101 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:

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