Class Placement

SAT/ACT scores and/or placement test results will be used by academic advisors to help place new freshmen in appropriate-level English, math, chemistry and foreign language classes. Students who do not have an SAT/ACT score on file in the Admissions Office are required to take placement tests. Those with SAT/ACT scores are encouraged to take placement tests, but are not required to do so. Placement tests need to be completed at least two weeks before meeting with an academic advisor and attending SOAR. There is no additional charge to take the tests. Additional information for each subject area can be found below.

Students who have earned college credit or have taken an AP/IB exam need to request to have the official transcript/score report sent to Detroit Mercy well in advance of meeting with an academic advisor and attending SOAR. 

Official college transcripts should be sent from the college attended to admissions@udmercy.edu.
AP exam results may be requested from the CollegeBoard.
IB exam results may be requested from the International Baccalaureate Organization.

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    Placement Test Instructions

    SAT/ACT scores and/or placement test results will be used by academic advisors to help place new freshmen in appropriate level English, math and chemistry classes. Students who do not have an SAT or ACT score on file in the Admissions Office or those interested in improving their placement need to take a placement test at least two weeks prior to meeting with an academic advisor and attending SOAR. Students interested in taking a foreign language are required to take a placement test.

    Most students are able to take placement tests as soon as they submit an enrollment deposit. Placement tests are administered through Blackboard, Detroit Mercy’s course management software. You can access Blackboard at blackboard.udmercy.edu. You'll need to use your Microsoft 365 log in credentials. Directions for your Microsoft 365 account were sent in an earlier email. For assistance logging in, contact the Office of Admissions by calling 313-993-1245, emailing admissions@udmercy.edu or texting 313-429-0110.

    A Blackboard video tutorial is available.

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    English

    The writing class you take will be determined by either your SAT Evidenced-Based Writing Score or your ACT Composite Score. If you took both tests, we will use the higher of the two scores. If you believe your SAT/ACT score does not accurately reflect your ability, you may choose to take the English placement test. If you do not have a SAT/ACT score on file at the University, you are required to take the English placement test.

    Standardized Test Score

    English Class Placement

    ACT Composite: 17 or lower
    SAT Evidence-Based Writing: 470 or lower
    ENL 1300 + 1000
    ACT Composite: 18-22
    SAT Evidence-Based Writing: 480-540
    ENL 1300
    ACT Composite: 23+
    SAT Evidence-Based Writing:  550+
    ENL 1310

     

    Note:
    If you have a 3, 4 or 5 on the AP Language and Composition test, you do not need to take a placement test. Please consult with your academic advisor.

    English Placement Test

    For more information or to begin the placement test, log in to Blackboard. Instructions for Blackboard can be found in the Placement Test Instructions section above. Remember, placement tests must be completed at least two weeks before your advising and registration session.

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    Chemistry

    For students majoring in one of the programs listed below, your SAT Math, ACT Math and/or ALEKS PPL (math placement test) score will be used to place you into the chemistry class appropriate for your skill level and major. A chemistry class placement chart is also provided below. If you believe your SAT/ACT/ALEKS PPL score does not accurately reflect your ability, you may choose to complete an online chemistry module.    

    • 5-Year Physician Assistant
    • 6-Year Law - Biology
    • 6-Year Law - Chemistry
    • 6-Year Pharmacy
    • 7-Year Dental
    • Biochemistry
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Computer Science (optional)
    • Engineering (all majors)
    • Mathematics (optional)
    • Pre-Dental
    • Pre-Medical
    • Pre-Occupational Therapy
    • Pre-Optometry
    • Pre-Pharmacy
    • Pre-Physical Therapy
    • Pre-Physician Assistant
    • Pre-Podiatry
    • Pre-Science
    • Pre-Veterinary 
    • or for students who are interested in taking a chemistry class

    Standardized Test or ALEKS PPL (Math) Score 

    Math Class Placement

    Chemistry Class Placement

    Chemistry Placement Options for CHM 1070

    ACT MATH: 16 or lower
    SAT MATH: 430 or lower
    ALEKS PPL (Math): 0-13

    UAS 0800

     

    Initially none

     

    ACT MATH: 17-19
    SAT MATH: 440-500
    ALEKS PPL (Math): 14-29

    UAS 0950

     

    Initially none

    ACT MATH: 20-23
    SAT MATH: 510-570
    ALEKS PPL (Math): 30-50
    MTH 1020/1030/1040
    or MTH 1010 
    Algebra
    Initially none

    ACT MATH: 24-26
    SAT MATH: 580-630
    ALEKS PPL (Math): 51-75

    MTH 1400
    Elementary Functions

    CHM 1050
    Intro to Chemistry

    Four semesters of high school chemistry (3.0+)  or successful completion of ALEKS chemistry placement assessment

    ACT MATH: 27+
    SAT MATH: 640+
    ALEKS PPL (Math): 76-100

    MTH 1410
    Analytic Geom & Calculus I
    CHM 1070
    General Chemistry I

     

    Nursing students should follow the chart listed below. Your SAT Math, ACT Math and/or ALEKS PPL (math placement test) score will be used to place you into a chemistry course. 

    Standardized Test or
    ALEKS PPL (Math) Score

    Math Class Placement

    Chemistry Class Placement

    ACT MATH: 16 or lower
    SAT MATH: 430 or lower
    ALEKS PPL (Math): 0-13
    UAS 0800 Initially none
    ACT MATH: 17-19
    SAT MATH: 440-500
    ALEKS PPL (Math): 14-29
    UAS 0950 Initially none

    ACT MATH: 20-23
    SAT MATH: 510-570
    ALEKS PPL (Math): 30-50

    MTH 1020/1030/1040
    or MTH 1010
    Algebra

    CHM 1040
    General, Organic & Biological Chem for Health Sciences

    ACT MATH: 24-26
    SAT MATH: 580-630
    ALEKS PPL (Math): 51-75
    MTH 1400 CHM 1040
    ACT MATH: 27+
    SAT MATH: 640+
    ALEKS PPL (Math): 76-100
    MTH 1410 CHM 1040

     

    Pre-Dental Hygiene students should follow the chart listed below. Your SAT Math, ACT Math and/or ALEKS PPL (math placement test) score will be used to place you into a chemistry course. 

    Standardized Test or
    ALEKS PPL (Math) Score

    Math Class Placement

    Chemistry Class Placement

    ACT MATH: 16 or lower
    SAT MATH: 430 or lower
    ALEKS PPL (Math): 0-13
    UAS 0800


    Initially none

    ACT MATH: 17-19
    SAT MATH: 440-500
    ALEKS PPL (Math): 14-29
    UAS 0950


    Initially none

    ACT MATH: 20-23
    SAT MATH: 510-570
    ALEKS PPL (Math): 30-50

    MTH 1020/1030/1040
    or MTH 1010
    Algebra 

    CHM 1040
    General, Organic & Biological Chem for Health Sciences

    ACT MATH: 24-26
    SAT MATH: 580-630
    ALEKS PPL (Math): 51-75
    MTH 1400 CHM 1040 or CHM 1050 Intro to Chemistry
    ACT MATH: 27+
    SAT MATH: 640+
    ALEKS PPL (Math): 76-100
    MTH 1410 CHM 1040 or CHM 1050

      

    ALEKS Chemistry Modules

    This is an online set of modules that assesses a student's consistency of understanding of chemistry topics. After an initial assessment, each student will work on an individualized knowledge path. For more information or to begin ALEKS Chemistry Modules, log in to Blackboard. Instructions for Blackboard can be found in the Placement Test Instructions section above.  Remember, placement tests must be completed at least two weeks before your advising and registration session.

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    Math

    Your SAT Math, ACT Math and/or ALEKS PPL (math placement test) score will be used to place you into the math class appropriate for your skill level and major. If you do not have a SAT/ACT score on file at the University, ALEKS PPL is required for math placement. Below you will find a chart of SAT/ACT/ALEKS PPL scores and the corresponding math class placement.

    If you were accepted for admission under the test-optional admission policy but would like to provide your SAT/ACT score for math placement, login to your CollegeBoard account (SAT) or MyACT account (ACT) and request to have your Score Report sent to Detroit Mercy. This will not change your admission status.

    If you took any math classes at another university or community college or have AP/IB exam scores, have official transcripts/reports sent to Detroit Mercy from the granting institution.

    Standardized Test or
    ALEKS PPL (Math) Score

    Math Class Placement

    Minimum Math Requirement For the Following Majors

    ACT MATH: 16 or lower
    SAT MATH: 430 or lower
    ALEKS PPL (Math): 0-13
    UAS 0800* - Basic Mathematics
    ACT MATH: 17-19
    SAT MATH: 440-500
    ALEKS PPL (Math): 14-29
    UAS 0950* - Elementary Algebra
    ACT MATH: 20-23
    SAT MATH: 510-570
    ALEKS PPL (Math): 30-50
    MTH 1020/1030/1040 or MTH 1010 - Algebra A/B/C Modules or Algebra

    -Health Services Administration
    -Nursing
    -Pre-Dental Hygiene
    -All majors in the College of Liberal Arts & Education

    ACT MATH: 24-26
    SAT MATH: 580-630
    ALEKS PPL (Math): 51-75

    MTH 1400 - Elementary Functions (Pre-Calculus) (math placement: 51-75)
    MTH 1110 - Mathematical Analysis I (math placement: 51-60)
    MTH 1120 - Mathematical Analysis II (math placement: 61-75)

    -Architecture: MTH 1400
    -Biology: MTH 1400
    -Business: MTH 1120

    ACT MATH: 27+
    SAT MATH: 640+
    ALEKS PPL (Math): 76-100

    MTH 1410 - Analytic Geometry and Calculus I -Biochemistry
    -Chemistry
    -Computer Science
    -Engineering - all programs

    *This course does not generate earned credits toward graduation requirements.

    Math Placement Through ALEKS PPL

    If you believe your SAT/ACT score does not accurately reflect your math ability, you may choose to use the ALEKS Placement, Preparation and Learning (ALEKS PPL) Assessment to determine readiness for math classes. If you do not have a SAT/ACT score on file at the University, ALEKS PPL is required for math placement.

    ALEKS PPL is an online program that uses artificial intelligence to map a student's strengths and weaknesses. The placement assessment is up to 30 questions and generally takes 60-90 minutes to complete. After the placement assessment, an individualized Prep and Learning Module is available for students to refresh their knowledge on forgotten topics. Students then have the opportunity to reassess and improve their placement.

    Note: Once a student take a Math course at Detroit Mercy, any subsequent ALEKS placement scores will be invalid and will not be considered a replacement for course prerequisites.

    ALEKS PPL consists of three parts:
    -An initial placement assessment
    -The Prep and Learning Module, an individualized, self-paced online review
    -Access to four additional placement assessments

    For more information or to begin ALEKS PPL, log in to Blackboard. Instructions for Blackboard can be found in the Placement Test Instructions section above. Remember, placement tests must be completed at least two weeks before your advising and registration session.

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    Foreign Language

    Placement test are available for Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean and Spanish. The online tests are multiple choice and/or fill-in-the-blank and take approximately one hour. Students who wish to earn credit in or to take a placement test in a language other than those mentioned above should contact the Language Cultural Training Department at 313-993-1102. For more information or to access a foreign language placement exam, log in to Blackboard. Instructions for Blackboard can be found in the Placement Test Instructions section above. Remember, placement tests must be completed at least two weeks before your advising and registration session.

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    Special Testing Accommodations

    If you require special testing accommodations, contact Disability Services at least one week prior to testing.

    Student Disability & Accessibility Support Services
    313-993-1143
    dss@udmercy.edu

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    Questions

    For questions about placement tests please contact:

    Erica Harris-Graze
    Assistant Director
    Student Success Center
    313-993-1811
    grazeem@udmercy.edu
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Math Placement Information

Chemistry Placement Information