All Freshmen in CLA are encouraged to take the Math Placement Test, regardless of previous Math coursework.
Follow the flow chart below to see what your next step is for Math placement testing. Find the blue box that describes you. Follow the path to figure out if you need to take the Math placement test.
Courses that a CLA student would need to take the placement test for:
- PSTL 0722 Introductory Algebra (Computer)
- PSTL 0732 Intermediate Algebra (Computer)
- MATH 1001 Excursions in Mathematics
- MATH 1031 College Algebra and Probability
- Math 1051 Precalculus I
- Math 1142 Short Calculus
- MATH 1151 Precalculus II
- MATH 1155 Intensive Precalculus
- MATH 1271 Calculus I
The chemistry placement test is required to register for chemistry classes. Placement tests help you and your advisor understand if you are truly ready for the next class in a sequence, as not all courses are taught the same across institutions. Chemistry is not a required class for most students but is one of many options available to fulfill the Physical Science with Lab requirement.
Follow the flow chart below to see what your next step is for Chemistry placement testing. Find the blue box that describes you. Follow the path to figure out if you need to take the Chemistry placement test.
If you plan to complete a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Individualized Study (BIS) degree in the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) you must complete the CLA second-language requirement.
Follow the flow chart below to see what your next step is for Language placement testing. Find the blue box that describes you. Follow the path to figure out if you need to take the Language placement test.
When and Where to Take the Language Placement Tests
The CLA Language Testing Program administers the Entrance Proficiency Test (EPT) and the Language Proficiency Exam (LPE) to students at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus.
Entrance Proficiency Test (EPT)
If you are going to take the EPT, you should plan to complete it at least two weeks prior to your orientation date. There are three portions of this test: reading, listening, and writing. You may take them all at the same time or at different times. You will only have one attempt at each portion of the test. You can access the EPT online through the Language Testing Program, EPT Webpage. Please note: You will need a high-speed Internet connection to take the test.
Language Proficiency Exam (LPE)
If you are going to take the LPE, you will need to review the days and times it’s offered on campus and sign-up to take the tests. There are four portions of this test: reading, listening, writing, and speaking. You take them all at the same time and it takes about 3 to 4 hours to complete them. For information about dates the LPE is offered on campus, visit the Language Testing Program, LPE Webpage.
If you are still unsure which test to take, review information on the Language Testing Program Website. If you are still unsure if you should take this test, please contact the CLA Student Services Team at: [email protected] or call 612-625-2020.