Course Placement Testing and Information

NMU works hard to place students in courses that are appropriate for their skill levels. Some decisions are based on admission data while others are based on test scores. Read the information below to learn more about placement and placement exams.
 

ALEKS Math Placement

All students should be prepared to take a Math placement test during Orientation. The Math department provides a Math Placement FAQ: http://www.nmu.edu/mathandcomputerscience/math-placement-faq 

Timing and Logistics: Students have up to 2 hours to take this test. Students do not need to bring anything to the test.  Calculators are not allowed on the test, but pencils and scrap paper are provided.

Math Practice: For those students who have not taken a math course in a while, we recommend practicing any math skills that were once mastered but are now unpracticed.  Some helpful websites for reviewing math include Kahn Academy (https://www.khanacademy.org/math) and SOS Math (http://www.sosmath.com).

First Year Students:  All first year students take the proctored ALEKS Math Placement Test (regardless of AP credits). This test helps determine which mathematics courses (and certain other courses) are appropriate to enroll in, given the student's current math skill set. If a student does receive AP math credits in July, the highest score/credit will be considered when putting students into NMU math courses. Students who score high enough on the proctored ALEKS Math Placement Test will receive Math Competency credit.

Transfer Students (In-person Orientation): Transfer students who do not have college-level credit in mathematics earned and transferring appropriately to NMU will take a proctored ALEKS Math Placement Test during Orientation. Students who score high enough on the proctored ALEKS Math Placement Test will receive Math Competency credit.

Transfer Students (Online Orientation): Transfer students who do not have college-level credit in mathematics earned and transferring appropriately to NMU can take an un-proctored Math Placement Test online. DISCLAIMER: Taking the un-proctored version of the Math Placement Test means students will receive their math course placement, but these students will NOT be eligible to receive Math Competency credit. 



English Placement

Students admitted to NMU on a conditional/probationary basis, will take the Accuplacer and DRP placement tests at Orientation to determine which course(s) is/are most appropriate.  These tests must be completed in order to schedule courses.

Students that have been admitted as Restricted to a particular program (primarily certificates programs), will take the Accuplacer and DRP placement tests, if their program requires it.  Certain restricted programs do not require placement tests. 

If you have questions about the placement procedure, please contact Mark Dellangelo at 906-227-2283 or e-mail mdellang@nmu.edu.


Language Placement

Students who are interested in taking a foreign language course at NMU and have taken a foreign language course prior to attending NMU should take the online placement exam. If you are placed into a 102 or higher language course, call the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at 906-227-2940 or e-mail mll@nmu.edu to get information about how to register for the appropriate course at orientation.  

 

Nursing Chemistry Readiness Test

Students who will be applying for the Baccalaureate Nursing Major (BSN) and do not have any prior college credit in Chemistry will need to take the Nursing Chemistry Readiness Test.  This test will be available and administered during Orientation. For additional information please visit the Nursing Chemistry Placement webpage.

 

Accommodations

Disability Services provides appropriate and reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities so they may have an equal educational opportunity.  Service and assistance is provided to enrolled students who are permanently or temporarily disabled. If you require accommodations for any placement testing please contact Disability Services prior to Orientation at 906-227-1700.

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