Course Placement 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.

Math Placement

Summer Orientation:  All students should be prepared to take a Math placement test during Orientation. The Math department provides a Math Placement FAQ, please note that the FAQ has not yet been updated to reflect Fall 2016.

Transfer Orientation: We recommend that all transfer students who do not have college-level credit in mathematics earned and transferring appropriately to NMU take the Math Diagnostic Test. This test will be available during orientation for those coming in person, or online for those taking part in the Online Orientation.


During orientation all first year students take a 50-minute multiple choice 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.

Students do not need to bring anything to the test.  Calculators are not allowed on the test, but pencils and scrap paper are provided.

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 ( and SOS Math (

English Placement

For regularly admitted students and those admitted as restricted admits, the NMU English Department uses admission data to determine whether students are placed into EN 090: Basic Composition or EN 111: College Composition. Students placed into EN 090 will be notified by mail two weeks prior to their arrival for orientation. These students can appeal their EN 090 placement. Information about the appeals process is mailed with the EN 090 placement letter. Students are encouraged to submit their appeal prior to attending their orientation session. Students placed into EN 111 will be able to confirm that placement while at orientation.  If you have questions about the English Placement procedure, call the English Department at 906-227-2711 or e-mail

Students admitted into the Freshman Probation or College Transitions Program will take the WritePlacer and DRP placement tests at Orientation to determine which course is most appropriate. If you have questions about the Freshman Probation or College Transitions Program Placement procedure, please contact Mark Dellangelo at at 906-227-2283 or e-mail

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 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.



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.