Class Placement

SAT/ACT scores and/or placement test results will be used by academic advisors to help place new freshmen in appropriate level English, math, chemistry and foreign language classes. Students who do not have an SAT/ ACT score on file at the University are required to take placement tests. Those with SAT/ACT scores are encouraged to take placement tests, but are not required to do so. Placement tests need to be completed at least two weeks before the advising and registration session.  There is no additional charge to take the tests. Additional information for each subject area can be found below.

Students who have earned college credit or have taken an AP/IB exam need to request to have the official documents sent to Detroit Mercy well in advance of the advising and registration session.

Official college transcripts should be sent from the college attended to admissions@udmercy.edu.
AP exam results may be requested from the CollegeBoard.
IB exam results may be requested from the International Baccalaureate Organization.

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    Placement Test Instructions

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

    Most students are able to take placement tests as soon as they submit an enrollment deposit. Placement tests 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.  

    A Blackboard video tutorial is available.

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    English

    The writing class you take will be determined by either your SAT Evidenced-Based Writing Score or your ACT Composite Score. If you took both tests, we will use the higher of the two scores. If you believe your SAT/ACT score does not accurately reflect your ability, you may choose to take the English placement test.  If you do not have a SAT/ACT score on file at the University, you are required to take the English placement test.

    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

     

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

    English Placement Test

    For more information or to begin the placement test, log in to Blackboard. Instructions for Blackboard can be found in the Placement Test Instructions section above. Remember, placement tests 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, ACT Math and/or ALEKS PPL (math placement test) 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. If you believe your SAT/ACT/ALEKS PPL score does not accurately reflect your ability, you may choose to complete a chemistry module.    

    • 5-Year Physician Assistant
    • 6-Year Law - Biology
    • 6-Year Law - Chemistry
    • 6-Year Pharmacy
    • 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 or ALEKS PPL (Math) Score 

    Math Class Placement

    Chemistry Class Placement

    Chemistry Placement Options for CHM 1070

    ACT MATH: 16 or lower
    SAT MATH: 430 or lower
    ALEKS PPL (Math): 0-13

    UAS 0800 CHM 1050 after math placement of MTH 1400 or completion of MTH 1010 with C or better

    Successful completion of chemistry placement test modules after math placement of MTH 1400 or completion of MTH 1010 with C or better

    ACT MATH: 17-19
    SAT MATH: 440-500
    ALEKS PPL (Math): 14-29

    UAS 0950 CHM 1050 after math placement of MTH 1400 or completion of MTH 1010 with C or better Successful completion of chemistry placement test modules after math placement of MTH 1400 or completion of MTH 1010 with a C or better
    ACT MATH: 20-23
    SAT MATH: 510-570
    ALEKS PPL (Math): 30-50
    MTH 1020/1030/1040 or MTH 1010 CHM 1050 after math placement of MTH 1400 or completion of MTH 1010 with C or better Successful completion of chemistry placement modules after math placement of MTH 1400 or completion of MTH 1010 with a C or better
    ACT MATH: 24-26
    SAT MATH: 580-630
    ALEKS PPL (Math): 51-75
    MTH 1400 CHM 1050

    Four semesters of high school chemistry (3.0+)  or Successful completion of chemistry placement test modules 

    ACT MATH: 27+
    SAT MATH: 640+
    ALEKS PPL (Math): 76-100

    MTH 1410 CHM 1070

     

    Nursing students should follow the chart listed below. Your SAT Math, ACT Math and/or ALEKS PPL (math placement test) score will be used to place you into a chemistry course. 

    Standardized Test or
    ALEKS PPL (Math) Score

    Math Class Placement

    Chemistry Class Placement

    ACT MATH: 16 or lower
    SAT MATH: 430 or lower
    ALEKS PPL (Math): 0-13
    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
    ALEKS PPL (Math): 14-29
    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
    ALEKS PPL (Math): 30-50

    MTH 1020/1030/1040 or MTH 1010 CHM 1040
    ACT MATH: 24-26
    SAT MATH: 580-630
    ALEKS PPL (Math): 51-75
    MTH 1400 CHM 1040
    ACT MATH: 27+
    SAT MATH: 640+
    ALEKS PPL (Math): 76-100
    MTH 1410 CHM 1040

     

    Pre-Dental Hygiene students should follow the chart listed below. Your SAT Math, ACT Math and/or ALEKS PPL (math placement test) score will be used to place you into a chemistry course. 

    Standardized Test or
    ALEKS PPL (Math) Score

    Math Class Placement

    Chemistry Class Placement

    ACT MATH: 16 or lower
    SAT MATH: 430 or lower
    ALEKS PPL (Math): 0-13
    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
    ALEKS PPL (Math): 14-29
    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
    ALEKS PPL (Math): 30-50
    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
    ALEKS PPL (Math): 51-75
    MTH 1400 CHM 1040 or CHM 1050
    ACT MATH: 27+
    SAT MATH: 640+
    ALEKS PPL (Math): 76-100
    MTH 1410 CHM 1040 or CHM 1050

      

    ALEKS Chemistry Modules

    This is an online set of 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 Test Instructions section above.  Remember, placement tests must be completed at least two weeks before your advising and registration session.

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    Math

    Your SAT Math, ACT Math and/or ALEKS PPL (math placement test) score will be used to place you into the math class appropriate for your skill level and major. If you do not have a SAT/ACT score on file at the University, ALEKS PPL is required for math placement. Below you will find a chart of SAT/ACT/ALEKS PPL scores and the corresponding math class placement. 

    Standardized Test or
    ALEKS PPL (Math) Score

    Math Class Placement

    ACT MATH: 16 or lower
    SAT MATH: 430 or lower
    ALEKS PPL (Math): 0-13
    UAS 0800
    ACT MATH: 17-19
    SAT MATH: 440-500
    ALEKS PPL (Math): 14-29
    UAS 0950
    ACT MATH: 20-23
    SAT MATH: 510-570
    ALEKS PPL (Math): 30-50
    MTH 1020/1030/1040 or MTH 1010

    ACT MATH: 24-26
    SAT MATH: 580-630
    ALEKS PPL (Math): 51-75

    MTH 1400 (math placement: 51-75)
    MTH 1110 (math placement: 51-60) for Business students
    MTH 1120 (math placement: 61-75) for Business students

    ACT MATH: 27+
    SAT MATH: 640+
    ALEKS PPL (Math): 76-100

    MTH 1410

     

    Math Placement Through ALEKS PPL

    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. If you do not have a SAT/ACT score on file at the University, ALEKS PPL is required for math placement. 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 Test Instructions section above. Remember, placement tests must be completed at least two weeks before your advising and registration session.

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    Foreign Language

    Placement test are available for Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Korean, Japanese and Spanish. The online tests 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 test 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 BlackboardInstructions for Blackboard can be found in the Placement Test Instructions section above. Remember, placement tests must be completed at least two weeks before your advising and registration session.

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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