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Placement Exams

DEADLINES FOR FALL 2022 ADMITS:

MATH, CHEM, and CSE placement exams are available starting March 29, 2022.

  • Deadline to complete MATH and CHEM exams has been extended to Friday, May 20 at 4:00 pm Pacific Standard Time (PST).

  • Deadline to complete CSE exam has been extended to Sunday, May 22 at 11:59 PST.

 

WRITING READINESS REVIEW placement tool is available starting May 1, 2022.

  • Deadline to complete WRITING READINESS:  Tuesday, May 31 at 11:59 PST.

 

You will receive messages about the placement exams on your UC Merced email usually 5-7 business days after you submit your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR).

Admissions will send the first message about placement exams in mid-April to first year admits who have already submitted their SIR.

Messages will continue to roll out as first year admits submit their SIR.

 

 

4 PLACEMENT EXAMS FOR FIRST YEAR ADMITS

First year students admitted to UC Merced may need to take 4 placement exams:

  • UC Merced Writing Readiness Review    (new for Fall 2022 admits)
  • UC Merced math placement exam
  • UC Merced chemistry placement exam
  • UC Merced computer science & engineering (CSE)  placement exam

Read the information about each placement exam (see sections below) to determine which placement exams you are required to take.

You will receive messages on your UC Merced email about the placement exams after you submit your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR).

 

 

UC MERCED PLACEMENT EXAMS:  OVERVIEW

UC Merced offers online placement exams in writing, math, chemistry, and computer science & engineering.

Results from placement exams determine your eligibility for certain classes at UC Merced.

If you miss the placement exam deadline or choose not to take the placement exams, you will automatically be placed in the preparatory class in that subject.

 

All placement exams are:

  • Free
  • One-time-only exams
  • Available only during certain dates

There is no disadvantage to taking the placement exams.

If you take a placement exam and later receive AP or IB scores that place you into a more advanced class, you will be allowed to take the more advanced class. This is also true if you complete a transferable college course during the summer and submit the official transcript to UC Merced before August 15.

 

 

DEADLINES FOR SPRING 2023 ADMITS:

Placement exams for spring admits are expected to open in November with a November 30 deadline.

 

 

WRITING READINESS REVIEW

All UC schools require first years in every major to complete the Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR) by the end of their second semester at the UC school.

The Writing Readiness Review is a new, free tool for Fall 2022 admits and is one way to satisfy ELWR before you arrive at UC Merced.

The Writing Readiness Review is hosted on Qualtrics and does NOT appear on your UC Merced Cat Courses site.

You will receive a message on your UC Merced email with the Qualtrics link to the Writing Readiness Review after you are admitted and submit a Statement of Intent to Register (SIR).

Other ways to satisfy ELWR can be found here.

For Fall 2022 only:  UC Merced will accept the Writing Readiness Review (preferred) or the UC Analytical Writing Placement Exam ($110 fee) for writing placement.

Based on your Writing Readiness Review score, you will place into WRITING 1 (WRI 001, Academic Writing, 4 units) or WRITING 10 (WRI 010, College Reading & Composition, 4 units).

If you place into WRITING 1, you must take that class in your first semester at UC Merced.

 

If you are a fall semester admit who took a California community college course during high school that is the equivalent of Writing 1 (check the ASSIST site for transferability), request the official college transcript be sent to UC Merced before July 1.

If you are a fall semester admit who earned an AP English exam score that satisfies Writing 1, request that College Board send the official AP exam score to UC Merced before July 1.

 

 

MATH PLACEMENT EXAM

Required for first years in every major.

For more information and possible exemptions, see FAQ.

To access the exam, see Step 6 on the Next Steps tab and this site.

The Math Center Resources for Students site may be helpful to review precalculus and calculus topics.

The Math Placement Exam is hosted through UC San Diego, does NOT appear on your UC Merced Cat Courses site, and can be accessed at https://mdtpassessment.ucsd.edu/login

You will receive an email with the access code to take the Math Placement Exam through UC San Diego after you have been admitted and submit your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) to UC Merced.

Before logging in to take the exam, be ready with your UC Merced student ID number (9-digit number that starts with "100") and your first and last name as they appear on your UC Merced record.

If you need a new access code, email nsstudentservices@ucmerced.edu.

 

 

CHEMISTRY PLACEMENT EXAM

Required for first years in all majors in the School of Engineering and School of Natural Sciences.

Required for all pre-health (pre-med, pre-nursing, pre-dentistry, etc.) students.

Required for all first years who may later change to engineering, science, or pre-health.

For more information and possible exemptions, see FAQ.

To access the exam, see Step 6 on the Next Steps tab and this site.

The Chemistry Placement Exam will be available on your UC Merced Cat Courses site.

Read the emails about placement exams that you receive after you submit your SIR to UC Merced.

 

 

COMPUTER SCIENCE & ENGINEERING PLACEMENT EXAM

Required for all first years in the Computer Science & Engineering (CSE) major.

Required for all first years in the Applied Math--CSE emphasis major.

Required for all first years who may declare the CSE major or Math--CSE emphasis major in the future.

Helpful for Management & Business Economics (MBE) majors.  On 10/19/21, MBE faculty approved the use of a passing score on the CSE placement exam to satisfy the CSE 5 requirement in the MBE major.

Exam determines placement in the new CSE major course sequence that began in Fall 2020.

For more information, see this site.

To access the exam, see #7 in the FAQ.

The CSE Placement Exam will be available on your UC Merced Cat Courses site.

Read the emails that you receive about placement exams after you submit your SIR to UC Merced.