Placement Test Information
For Incoming UGA Students
Advantage of Taking UGA Placement Tests
There is no risk in taking placement tests!
UGA will always use your highest score for the purpose of placement, exemptions, or credit.
- Are you waiting for AP Scores?
- Have you earned credit through IB or SAT II Achievement scores?
- Take the placement test, too!
- If you score higher in AP, IB, or SAT II we'll use that score. If you score higher on the placement test, we'll use that score.
You may be able to register for some courses sooner!
- Students competing orientation in June will not have AP credit posted until July. If you are waiting on an AP score to exempt a course and move on to the next course, you won't be able to register for that next course until July.
- Taking a placement test may allow you to register for courses by exempting you from prerequisite courses sooner.
When should I take placement tests?
Preferably before you are advised, but it's also okay to take tests afterwards.
If you take placement tests and receive your scores before your advising appointment, your advisor will have access to the scores and will help explain them to you during your advising appointment. Having the scores already can help advising and registration be more efficient.
During your advising appointment, your advisor might recommend taking additional placement tests. This is fine, too. They'll explain the scoring and tell you how to follow up with them regarding placement and registration once the scores have posted.
Deciding Which Tests to Take
Which placement tests should I take?
It depends on your major and college.
- All science and engineering majors should take the Math ALEKS test even if they have AP scores coming.
- All students in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, or the School of Public and International Affairs who wish to continue the language they studied in high school should take the foreign language placement test for the language of their choice. Franklin College requires foreign language through the third semester, and you may be able to exempt some or all of this requirement by testing.
- Any student wishing to major or minor in a foreign language should take the foreign language placement test for the language of their choice. This may allow you to complete your major/minor requirements more quickly.
- Very few students exempt ENGL 1101 through the English Placement test. For this reason, if you have limited time, we don't normally recommend this test. Also, most majors can wait to take ENGL 1101 or 1102 until second semester, so there's not a lot of pressure to take ENGL right away.
What about the History and Constituion Tests?
- These are not placement tests. They are exemption tests.
- If you pass these tests (which is quite hard) you exempt your UGA graduation requirement to complete one course in US/GA History AND one course in US/GA Constitution.
- If you choose to try one or both of these tests, do so early in your college career at UGA, but not prior to matriculating here.
- Students in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences must complete at least one History course to graduate. An exemption based on the History test will not count toward this requirement.
Placement Test Nuts and Bolts
What's the difference between credit, exemption, and placement?
- Some tests give you actual course credit. You earn hours of credit
- Some tests give you course exemption (you don't have to take the course) but you don't earn hours of credit.
- Some tests simply place you in a higher level course without giving you an exemption or credit for previous courses.
How do I know which test does what?
- Ask your academic advisor.