Class Placement

SAT and/or ACT scores along with placement exam results will be used by academic advisors to help place new freshmen in appropriate level English, math, chemistry and foreign language classes.  Students who choose to take a placement exam, will need to do so at least two weeks before the advising and registration session (beginning early July).  Additional information for each subject area can be found below.

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    English

    Writing will be a key feature of your college classes, regardless of your academic major or your career goals.  Therefore, the English Department wants to make sure you are placed into the first-year writing class that will most benefit you over the long haul. 

    For this coming academic year the first-year writing class you take will be primarily determined by either your SAT Evidenced-Based Writing Score or your ACT Composite Score.  If you took both tests, we will be using the higher of the two scores.  Students who place into ENL 1300+1000 or ENL 1300 are welcome to take the English Placement Exam to see if they are able to place into ENL 1310.  

    Below you will find a chart that provides information on how your SAT/ACT score will place you into the appropriate first-year writing class.

    Notes: 

    -If you have a 3,4 or 5 on the AP Language and Composition test you do not need to take a placement exam.  Please consult with your academic advisor.

    -If you have not taken the SAT/ACT, you should take the English Placement Exam.

    Standardized Test Score

    English Class Placement

    ACT Composite: 17 or lower
    SAT Evidence-Based Writing: 470 or lower
    ENL 1300 + 1000
    ACT Composite: 18-22
    SAT Evidence-Based Writing: 480-540
    ENL 1300
    ACT Composite: 23+
    SAT Evidence-Based Writing:  550+
    ENL 1310


     1. English 1310: Academic Writing (3 credits)

    In this placement, you will take ENL 1310: Academic Writing, which satisfies your Core Curriculum Requirement (A2): Written Communication.

    ENL 1310 is a class that goes into more depth about inquiry and rhetorical strategies with the added layer of using research and other evidence to support claims and reasoning.  This class engages students in the critical elements of academic inquiry: designing research questions; locating, evaluating, and synthesizing secondary research; performing primary research to construct new knowledge; and employing critical thinking strategies to develop arguments with purpose, meaning and significance.

    Note: Students who place into ENL 1310 should already be able to read and analyze college-level texts, summarize and synthesize ideas and opinions from multiple authors, and be familiar with some conventions of academic and research-based writing. 

    2. English 1300: College Writing (3 credits)

    With this placement, you will take ENL 1300: College Writing. ENL 1300: College Writing is a class that trains writers to explore different types of writing and develop good inquiry skills. This class emphasizes critical thinking and argumentation: understanding and representing multiple analytical perspectives fairly; applying analytical reasoning; and engaging with college-level texts from multiple disciplines, genres and media.

    Once you have completed this class, you will then take ENL 1310: Academic Writing, which will satisfy your Core Curriculum Requirement (A2): Written Communication.

    3a. English 1300: College Writing + English 1000: College Writing Lab (4 credits total)

    In this placement option, you will take ENL 1300: College Writing as well as a second class, ENL 1000: College Writing Lab.

    ENL 1000 is a 1-credit hour class open to students enrolled in ENL 1300: College Writing. This class provides students with additional writing instruction and structured writing time during all stages of the writing process, including prewriting, drafting, revising and editing. Additionally, this class focuses on foundational writing skills related to grammar and mechanics and the development of fundamental habits needed to be successful in writing at the University level.  This class will give you additional time and assistance with your College Writing assignments as well as more focused attention from instructors and Writing Center consultants.

    Note: This placement option will gain you 4 credit hours toward graduation.

    or

    3b. UAS 0990: Basic Writing (3 credit hours; 0 earned credits)

    In this placement option, you will take UAS 0990: Basic Writing.

    UAS 0990 provides instruction and practice in effective writing, including extensive practice in fundamentals of critical thinking and college writing in preparation for English 1300 and 1310. Special attention is paid to generating, organizing and developing ideas, as well as editing for syntax, mechanics and style. Completion of this class with a grade of "C" or better is required in order to enroll in ENL 1300.

    Note: This class does not generate earned hours toward graduation requirements.

    English Placement Exam

    If you believe your SAT/ACT score does not accurately reflect your ability, you may choose to take an English placement exam online.  For more information or to begin the placement exam, log in to Blackboard.  Instructions for Blackboard can be found in the Placement Exam Instructions section below.  Remember, placement exams must be completed at least two weeks before your advising and registration session.

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    Math

    Your SAT Math score and/or your ACT Math Score will be used to place you into the math class appropriate for your skill level and major.  Below you will find a chart of SAT/ACT score and the corresponding math class placement. 

    Standardized Test Score

    Math Class Placement

    ACT MATH: 16 or lower
    SAT MATH: 430 or lower
    UAS 0800
    ACT MATH: 17-19
    SAT MATH: 440-500
    UAS 0950
    ACT MATH: 20-23
    SAT MATH: 510-570
    MTH 1020/1030/1040 or MTH 1010
    ACT MATH: 24-26
    SAT MATH: 580-630
    MTH 1400 or MTH 1110
    ACT MATH: 27+
    SAT MATH: 640+
    MTH 1410 or MTH 1120

     

    Math Placement Exam

    If you believe your SAT/ACT score does not accurately reflect your math ability, you may choose to use the ALEKS Placement, Preparation and Learning (ALEKS PPL) Assessment to determine readiness for math classes.  ALEKS PPL is an online program that uses artificial intelligence to map a student's strengths and weaknesses.  The placement assessment is up to 30 questions and generally takes 60-90 minutes to complete.  After the placement assessment, an individualized Prep and Learning Module is available for students to refresh their knowledge on forgotten topics.  Students then have the opportunity to reassess and improve their placement.  

    ALEKS PPL consists of three parts:
    -An initial placement assessment
    -The Prep and Learning Module, an individualized, self-paced online review
    -Access to four additional placement assessments

    For more information or to begin ALEKS PPL, log in to Blackboard.  Instructions for Blackboard can be found in the Placement Exam Instructions section below.   Remember, placement exams must be completed at least two weeks before your advising and registration session.

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    Chemistry

    For students majoring in one of the programs listed below, your SAT Math Score and/or your ACT Math Score will be used to place you into the chemistry class appropriate for your skill level and major.  A chemistry class placement chart is also provided below. 

    • 5-Year Physician Assistant
    • 7-Year Dental
    • Biochemistry
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Computer Science (optional)
    • Engineering (all majors)
    • Mathematics (optional)
    • Pre-Dental
    • Pre-Medical
    • Pre-Occupational Therapy
    • Pre-Optometry
    • Pre-Pharmacy
    • Pre-Physical Therapy
    • Pre-Physician Assistant
    • Pre-Podiatry
    • Pre-Science
    • Pre-Veterinary 
    • or for students who are interested in taking a chemistry class

    Standardized Test Score

    Math Class Placement

    Chemistry Class Placement

    Chemistry Placement Options for CHM 1070

    ACT MATH: 16 or lower
    SAT MATH: 430 or lower
    UAS 0800 CHM 1050 after math placement of MTH 1400 or completion of MTH 1010 with C or better

    Chemistry placement exam after math placement of MTH 1400 or completion of MTH 1010 with C or better

    ACT MATH: 17-19
    SAT MATH: 440-500
    UAS 0950 CHM 1050 after math placement of MTH 1400 or completion of MTH 1010 with C or better Chemistry placement exam after math placement of MTH 1400 or completion of MTH 1010 with a C or better
    ACT MATH: 20-23
    SAT MATH: 510-570
    MTH 1020/1030/1040 or MTH 1010 CHM 1050 after math placement of MTH 1400 or completion of MTH 1010 with C or better Chemistry placement exam after math placement of MTH 1400 or completion of MTH 1010 with a C or better
    ACT MATH: 24-26
    SAT MATH: 580-630
    MTH 1400 or MTH 1110 CHM 1050

    Four semesters of high school Chemistry (3.0+)  or Chemistry placement exam or successful completion of ALEKS Chemistry Modules

    ACT MATH: 27+
    SAT MATH: 640+
    MTH 1410 or MTH 1120 CHM 1070

     

    Nursing students should follow the chart listed below.

    Standardized Test Score

    Math Class Placement

    Chemistry Class Placement

    ACT MATH: 16 or lower
    SAT MATH: 430 or lower
    UAS 0800 CHM 1040 after math placement of MTH 1010 or completion of MTH 0950 with C or better
    ACT MATH: 17-19
    SAT MATH: 440-500
    UAS 0950 CHM 1040 after math placement of MTH 1010 or completion of MTH 0950 with C or better 
    ACT MATH: 20-23
    SAT MATH: 510-570
    MTH 1020/1030/1040 or MTH 1010 CHM 1040
    ACT MATH: 24-26
    SAT MATH: 580-630
    MTH 1400 or MTH 1110 CHM 1040
    ACT MATH: 27+
    SAT MATH: 640+
    MTH 1410 or MTH 1120 CHM 1040

     

    Pre-Dental Hygiene students should follow the chart listed below.

    Standardized Test Score

    Math Class Placement

    Chemistry Class Placement

    ACT MATH: 16 or lower
    SAT MATH: 430 or lower
    UAS 0800

    CHM 1040 after math placement of MTH 1010 or

    completion of MTH 0950 with C or better

    ACT MATH: 17-19
    SAT MATH: 440-500
    UAS 0950

    CHM 1040 after math placement of MTH 1010 or

    completion of MTH 0950 with C or better 

    ACT MATH: 20-23
    SAT MATH: 510-570
    MTH 1020/1030/1040 or MTH 1010

    CHM 1040

    or 

    CHM 1050 after math placement of MTH 1400 or

    completion of MTH 1010 with C or better

    ACT MATH: 24-26
    SAT MATH: 580-630
    MTH 1400 or MTH 1110 CHM 1040 or CHM 1050
    ACT MATH: 27+
    SAT MATH: 640+
    MTH 1410 or MTH 1120 CHM 1040 or CHM 1050

     

    If you believe your SAT/ACT score does not accurately reflect your ability, you may choose to either take an on campus placement exam or complete an online chemistry module.    

    Chemistry Placement Exam

    A student who is placed into CHM 1050 and who has completed MTH 1010 or the equivalent or who has placed into MTH 1400 could choose to take a chemistry placement exam at the Student Success Center on the McNichols Campus.  Students can take this exam one time before August 15 and there is no charge.  Contact the Student Success Center at 313-993-1143 to schedule an appointment.

    Detroit Mercy administers the 2010 Toledo Chemistry Placement Exam (TCPE). The TCPE is written by the American Chemical Society and evaluates a student's general math and algebra skills, as well as overall knowledge of chemistry. It is designed and used to evaluate how well a student is prepared for freshman chemistry classes taught at Detroit Mercy.  Results will be used to ensure that the student's background in chemistry and math is adequate for success. Reviewing high school chemistry and study guides for the Toledo Chemistry Placement exam may help improve placement.

    The chemistry exam consists of 60 math and chemistry questions. Part 1 is 20 math-based questions, Part 2 is 20 general chemistry questions and Part 3 is 20 specific chemistry questions. The math questions cover math skills up to and including college-level algebra. The chemistry questions cover topics including measurements, unit conversions, classifications of matter (elements, isotopes, ions, compounds) and change (chemical/physical), trends of the periodic table, ionic and covalent bonding, moles, writing/balancing chemical formulas/equations, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, oxidation/reduction, states of matter, pressure/volume/temperature relationships (gas laws), quantum theory, solubility and solutions, equilibria, acids and bases, kinetics and thermodynamics.

    Students will have 55 minutes to complete the test. A scientific calculator may be used, but students are responsible for bringing one. Scrap paper, pencil and a Periodic Table of the Elements will be provided.

    The following types of calculators are not permitted:

    · Pocket organizers, handheld or laptop computers, or cell phones

    · Electronic writing pads or pen-input devices

    · Models with a QWERTY (typewriter) keypad.

    · Models with built-in capability to simplify algebraic expressions, multiply polynomials, or factor polynomials (often called Computer Algebra Systems), for example, CFX-9970G, TI-89, and TI-92

    ALEKS Preparation for General Chemistry

    This is an online set of chemistry modules that assesses a student’s consistency of understanding of chemistry topics. After an initial assessment, each student will work on an individualized knowledge path.  For more information or to begin ALEKS Chemistry Modules, log in to Blackboard.  Instructions for Blackboard can be found in the Placement Exam Instructions section below.  Remember, placement exams must be completed at least two weeks before your advising and registration session.

     

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    Foreign Language

    Placement exams are available for Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Korean, Japanese and Spanish.  The online exams are multiple choice and/or fill-in-the-blank and take approximately one hour.  Students who wish to earn credit in or to take a placement exam in a language other than those mentioned above should contact the Language Cultural Training Department at 313-993-1102.  For more information or to access a foreign language placement exam, log in to Blackboard Instructions for Blackboard can be found in the Placement Exam Instructions section below.    Remember, placement exams must be completed at least two weeks before your advising and registration session.

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    Placement Exam Instructions

    SAT and/or ACT scores will be used by academic advisors to help place new freshmen in appropriate level English, math, chemistry classes.  Students who do not have an SAT or ACT score or those interested in improving their placement need to take a placement exam online at least two weeks prior to the advising and registration session.  Students interested in taking a foreign language are required to take a placement exam.

    You can take placement exams as soon as you submit your enrollment deposit.  Placement exams are administered through Blackboard, Detroit Mercy’s course management software.  You can access Blackboard at blackboard.udmercy.edu.  Your My Portal username and password will be needed to log in and were part of an earlier email.  

    Note: You will have access to log in to Blackboard 48 hours after submitting your enrollment deposit.  

     A Blackboard video tutorial is available.

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    Special Testing Accommodations

    If you require special testing accommodations please contact Disability Services at least one week prior to testing.

    Laura Bagdady
    Assistant Director
    Student Disability & Accessibility Support Services
    313-993-1158  
    bagdadlm@udmercy.edu