Placement Testing for New Students
Most first-time freshmen must take the ALEKS exam, an online mathematics assessment, for placement in mathematics courses.
Placement may be based on ALEKS results or on prior course credit, including
- transfer credit
- dual credit
- AP credit
- IB credit
For students exempt from college algebra based on ACT or SAT math sub-scores, the ALEKS exam may still be required for other mathematics course placement.
All bachelor's-degree candidates in the College of Arts & Sciences and the School of Journalism are required to take 12-13 hours of a foreign language before graduation.
For each first-time freshman, a placement test is required if
- you choose German, French, Spanish or Latin
- you took more than one year of language in high school
- you are not enrolled in Arts & Science but want to enroll in German/French/Spanish/Latin at level two or above
Register on the Testing Services site.
Testing takes place in room 40 of the Arts & Sciences building during Summer Welcome and the first part of each semester at no charge to the student. At other times of the year, placement tests are available for a fee. Contact Testing Services at 573-882-4801.
International Student Placement
Undergraduate international students must take the MU English Language Proficiency Exam. The exam must be completed before a student can enroll in classes.
Students must register for the exam at 208 McReynolds Hall.