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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
You are not required to take a placement test for English. You will be placed into an English class according to the following guidelines:
You will need to start with English 091 if you
- Have not completed English Composition (101) with a grade of C or better.
- Have previously taken English Composition 101 and not obtained a passing grade of C or better.
- 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.
- 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.
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 have NOT completed English Composition 101 with a grade of C or higher at a U.S. institution or international school.
- 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 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 or www.uab.edu/ib.
- Some students may want to challenge their math placement. You will be notified in your orientation confirmation email which math courses you are eligible to take.
- 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.
- Please wait 3 days after signing up for orientation to take the placement test as the link will not be available on BlazerNET until then.
- Students who have no math credit above the remedial level will be placed into the remedial math course Math 098. If you want to challenge your math placement, you may take ONE of the following placement exams (you will see which exam you are eligible to take when you log into BlazerNET):
- 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 tohttp://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.
- Placement of new students in physics would be based on their entering math placement (see the Math tab). 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 have credit for Calculus I (MA 125) to directly enroll in PH 221. You can find a list of prerequisites for Physics courses in the online catalog.
- 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.
The Department of Academic Programs & Policy is responsible for having your transfer transcript evaluated for UAB credit. If you are transferring credits taken prior to Fall 1995, there is a possibility that you will be asked to provide course descriptions for evaluation. If course descriptions are needed, you will be contacted by the Department of Academic Programs & Policy or your academic advisor.
For more information about transferring credits to UAB visit BlazerNET or go to www.app.uab.edu for specific school and course information. For more information about international transfer credit, please go to www.app.uab.edu/intl_articulation.asp.