Placement Tests

Placement Tests
Placement tests determine what level of classes students can enter. It is suggested that students take all placement tests before attending orientation.


All students are placed into a mathematics class based on their Math ACT subscore or by a placement test taken on campus. First-year students attending a one-day orientation program in May, June, or August can take the test at the Oakland Center at 7:30 am on the day of their scheduled orientation. Otherwise, an appointment can be made with the Department of Mathematics and Statistics by calling (248) 370-3430. Appointments are scheduled Mon.-Fri. 8am-11am and 1pm-4pm in the Science and Engineering Building, Room 368.

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Modern Languages
All students must meet a language requirement in their general education curriculum. Students with no previous college coursework in a language but have prior high school coursework in French, German, or Spanish who intend to continue this language for their language requirement are strongly advised to take a placement exam. Student who took Japanese, Chinese, or Arabic are advised to contact the Department of Modern Languages and Literature at (248) 370-2060 or visit 418 Wilson Hall.

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Writing and Rhetoric
All students must meet a writing requirement in their general education curriculum by completing Composition II (WRT 160) or its equivalent with a 2.0 or higher. Students are placed into the Composition II course or its prerequisites based on their ACT English subscore or Advanced Placement English Language and Composition exam score.  

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