Take placement exams


Some courses require you to take a placement test before you can register. These tests are designed to measure your mastery of a particular subject and can help you and your academic advisor determine which courses offer you the best chance for success.

If you’ve registered with Disability Support Services and are eligible to receive academic accommodations, you should schedule your placement tests through the Testing Center. You can contact the Testing Center by phone at (205) 934-5503 or by e-mail at placetest@uab.edu.

English


You are not required to take a placement test for English. You will be placed into an English class according to the following guidelines. If you do not meet these requirements, you can begin with EH 091:


You are eligible for English Composition 101 if you

  • Have a minimum score of 20 on the English and Reading subtests of the ACT on file with the Undergraduate Admission office (freshmen only); or
  • Have a minimum verbal SAT1 score of 480 on file with the Undergraduate Admission office (freshmen only)


You are eligible for English Composition 102 if you

  • Have completed English Composition (101) with a grade of C or better; or
  • Have completed Advanced Placement (AP) English Language composition exam with a passing score of 4 for English 101; or
  • Have completed International Baccalaureate (IB) HL English Language A1 exam with a passing score of 4 for English 101; or
  • Have completed College Level Examination Program (CLEP) College Composition Modular test with a score of 44 plus pass a UAB English Department Essay Required for English 101.

You are eligible for English Literature (200 level) if you

  • Have completed English Composition (101 & 102) with a grade of C or better; or
  • Have completed Advanced Placement (AP) English Language composition exam with a passing score of 5 for English 101 & 102; or
  • Have completed International Baccalaureate (IB) HL English Language A1 exam with a passing score of 6 for English 101 & 102; or
  • Have completed College Level Examination Program (CLEP) College Composition Modular test with a score of 55 plus pass a UAB English Department Essay Required for English 101 & 102.

English as a Second Language


You must take the English as a Second Language (ESL) Placement Test prior to registering at UAB if your first language is not English and/or you were required to submit TOEFL or IELTS results as part of the admission requirements AND you

  • completed college-level coursework at a U.S. institution or international school but have not completed English Composition (101) with a grade of C;
  • have a score lower than 20 on both the English and reading subtests of the ACT on file with the Undergraduate Admission office; or
  • have a verbal SAT1 score of less than 480

You may take the English as a Second Language placement test only ONE time. To schedule an appointment, contact the testing center at (205) 934-5503 or placetest@uab.edu.

You must bring a picture ID, your student number and a #2 pencil to all tests.

Math


For most students, UAB determines the appropriate math course by combining the ACT math subscore with high school GPA, as shown on the chart:

ACT Math Subscore OR SAT Math Subscore AND High School Core GPA Your UAB Math Placement Math Placement Test you are eligible to take to challenge your placement Score Required
If not placed as indicated below If not placed as indicated below If not placed as indicated below Math 098: Basic/Elementary Algebra MA 102/110 Placement Test Greater than or equal to 85%
≥ 20 ≥ 480 ≥ 2.0 MA 110: Finite Mathematics N/A N/A
≥ 21 ≥ 500 N/A MA 110: Finite Mathematics N/A N/A
≥ 20 ≥ 480 ≥ 2.5 MA 102: Intermediate Algebra MA 105 Placement Test
or MA 107 Placement Test
≥ 80%


≥ 85%
≥ 21 ≥ 500 N/A MA 102: Intermediate Algebra MA 105 Placement Test
or MA 107 Placement Test
≥ 80%


≥ 85%
≥ 22 ≥ 520 ≥ 3.5 MA 105: Precalculus Algebra MA 106 Placement Test
or MA 107 Placement Test
≥ 80%


≥ 85%
≥ 23 ≥ 540 ≥ 3.0 MA 105: Precalculus Algebra MA 106 Placement Test
or MA 107 Placement Test
≥ 80%


≥ 85%
≥ 24 ≥ 560 ≥ 2.5 MA 105: Precalculus Algebra MA 106 Placement Test
or MA 107 Placement Test
≥ 80%


≥ 85%
≥ 25 ≥ 580 N/A MA 105: Precalculus Algebra MA 106 Placement Test
or MA 107 Placement Test
≥ 80%


≥ 85%
≥ 23 ≥ 540 ≥ 3.5 MA 109: Survey of Calculus (Business Majors) N/A N/A
≥ 24 ≥ 560 ≥ 3.0 MA 109: Survey of Calculus (Business Majors) N/A N/A
≥ 25 ≥ 580 ≥ 2.5 MA 109: Survey of Calculus (Business Majors) N/A N/A
≥ 26 ≥ 600 N/A MA 109: Survey of Calculus (Business Majors) N/A N/A
≥ 24 ≥ 560 ≥ 3.5 MA 107: Precalculus Algebra/Trigonometry MA 125 Placement Test ≥ 80%
≥ 25 ≥ 580 ≥ 3.0 MA 107: Precalculus Algebra/Trigonometry MA 125 Placement Test ≥ 80%
≥ 26 ≥ 600 ≥ 2.5 MA 107: Precalculus Algebra/Trigonometry MA 125 Placement Test ≥ 80%
≥ 27 ≥ 620 N/A MA 107: Precalculus Algebra/Trigonometry MA 125 Placement Test ≥ 80%
≥ 25 ≥ 580 ≥ 3.5 MA 106: Precalculus Trigonometry MA 125 Placement Test ≥ 80%
≥ 26 ≥ 600 ≥ 3.0 MA 106: Precalculus Trigonometry MA 125 Placement Test ≥ 80%
≥ 27 ≥ 620 N/A MA 106: Precalculus Trigonometry MA 125 Placement Test ≥ 80%
≥ 25 ≥ 580 ≥ 3.5 MA 125: Calculus I (requires Trigonometry) N/A N/A
≥ 26 ≥ 600 ≥ 3.0 MA 125: Calculus I (requires Trigonometry) N/A N/A
≥ 27 ≥ 620 N/A MA 125: Calculus I (requires Trigonometry) N/A N/A



Notes on Math Placement

  • An ACT math subscore greater than or equal to 27 places you into MA 125 regardless of your high school GPA.
  • You always have the option of choosing a lower-level course if you feel you need more preparatory work.
  • Students who have completed a college level math course (excluding remedial college math and MA 110 – Finite Math) with a grade of ‘C’ or better are not required to take the math placement exam.
  • Students who have completed a college level math course (not remedial college math) with a grade of ‘C’ or better are not required to take the math placement exam.
  • Students who took Calculus AP or IB in high school may receive college credit at UAB with the appropriate AP or IB score. To see what credit you may earn, visit www.uab.edu/ap.

 

Notes on the Math Placement Test

  • Some students are required to take the math placement test and some students may want to challenge their math placement. You will be notified in your orientation confirmation email if you are required to take it.
  • Math placement tests should be taken online at least one week prior to orientation. Simply log in to BlazerNET using your Blazer ID and strong password to take the exam.
  • Students may only take ONE math placement test that is one level higher than their current placement (you will see which exam your are eligible to take when you log into BlazerNET).

 

Math Placement Exam Information

 




  • MA 107 Placement Test (Precalculus Algebra and Trigonometry)
    • Take this test to challenge placement in MA 102 or MA 105 and have strong algebra skills

  • MA 125 Placement Test (Calculus I)
    • Take this test to challenge placement in MA 106 or MA 107 and have strong algebra and trigonometry skills

 



Foreign Language


  • If you have never taken a foreign language course, you do not need to take a foreign language placement test. You will begin with a 101 foreign language course.
  • If you have had one or more years of foreign language in high school (within the last two years), you must take a test in that language before enrolling in the 100-level sequence.
  • Native speakers of French, German, and Spanish cannot take a beginning course in their native languages for credit. They must take the online placement test to determine the appropriate level.
  • You can take placement tests in French, Spanish, and German from any Internet-linked computer. Go to http://www.uab.edu/foreignlang/ and click on "Web CAPE Proficiency Language Placement." Then follow the directions to take the exam. Both you and UAB will see the results immediately, along with a recommendation for the level of classes you should take.

Physics


  • Placement of entering freshmen in physics would be based on their entering math placement (see Math Placement information for entering Freshman) which is based on SAT & ACT math sub-scores plus high school GPA. For example, entering students would have to qualify for MA 125 in order to take PH 201, since MA 106 or MA 107 is pre-requisite for PH 201. Similarly, students would have to CLEP out or have AP credit for Calculus I (MA 125) to directly enroll in PH 221. In both cases, these are fairly high standards.
  • If you do not meet the pre-requisites for PH 201 and PH 221, you can begin with Physics 100 or take necessary Math courses to satisfy pre-requisites of PH 201 and PH 221.
  • Talk with your advisor to determine if College Physics I (PH 201) or General Physics I (PH 221) is a requirement for your major.