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M-F: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

If you registered for a test, please be sure to check the time/hours listed on your confirmation. Testing hours vary greatly.

Placement Tests

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Students entering the University arrive with varying levels of competence in writing, reading, math, chemistry, and physics. It is important that all students entering the University begin taking courses at a level that is appropriate for their continued success. High school grades cannot be used to determine placement for college-level courses. Students may refer to the information below to determine if they should take any placement tests.

Writing and/or Reading Placement Test(s)

Students may need to take the writing placement test to be placed in ENG 101. Students do not need to take the writing placement test if they meet any of the criteria listed below.

  • ACT English score of 21 or above
  • SAT Writing and Language Test Score of 28 or above
  • Minimum grade of C in AD 090, AD 092, ENG 101, or ENG 102

Students may also need to take the reading placement test to be placed in ENG 101. Students do not need to take the reading placement test if they meet any of the criteria listed below.

  • ACT Reading score of 21 or above
  • SAT Reading Test Score of 27 or above
  • Minimum grade of C in AD 082, AD 116, ENG 101, or ENG 102

Students who do need to take the writing and/or reading placement test(s) should prepare for the Next-Generation test(s). Both tests are untimed, multiple-choice, computer-adaptive assessments. The writing test consists of 25 questions, and the reading test consists of 20 questions.

Students may register to take the writing and/or reading placement test(s) at SIUE or request to take the test(s) at another location. There is no limit to the number of times students may take the writing and/or reading placement test(s). However, if students would like to retake the test(s), they must wait at least one month between test sessions and pay the $20 placement retest fee per session. This fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.

Math Placement

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Chemistry Readiness Exam

Students who plan to major in biological sciences, chemistry, computer science, engineering, environmental sciences, exercise science, or physics may need to take the Chemistry Readiness Exam to be placed in CHEM 121a or CHEM 131. Students interested in these majors do not need to take the Chemistry Readiness Exam if they meet any of the criteria listed below.

  • ACT Math score of 23 or above
  • SAT Math Test Score of 28 or above
  • Minimum grades of C in CHEM 113 AND MATH 120

Review Chemistry Topics

Students may use their non-programmable, non-graphing, scientific calculator to help them answer 60 multiple-choice questions in 55 minutes. Students may take this paper-based exam a maximum of two times with at least one month between tests. 

Register for the Chemistry Readiness Exam

University Physics Placement Examination

Students who plan to major in computer science or engineering may need to take the University Physics Placement Examination to be placed in PHYS 141. Students interested in these majors do not need to take the University Physics Placement Examination if they meet any of the criteria listed below.

  • ACT Math score of 28 or above
  • SAT Math Test Score of 32.5 or above
  • Minimum grade of C in PHYS 140 

Review Physics Topics

Students may use their non-programmable, non-graphing, scientific calculator (no cell phone) to help them answer 15 multiple-choice questions in 50 minutes. Students may only take this paper-based exam one time.

Register for the University Physics Placement Examination

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Edwardsville, IL 62026

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