Class Placement
SAT/ACT scores and/or placement test results will be used by academic advisors to help place new freshmen in appropriatelevel 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.

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 3139931245, emailing admissions@udmercy.edu or texting 3134290110.
A Blackboard video tutorial is available.

English
The writing class you take will be determined by either your SAT EvidencedBased 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 EvidenceBased Writing: 470 or lowerENL 1300 + 1000 ACT Composite: 1822
SAT EvidenceBased Writing: 480540ENL 1300 ACT Composite: 23+
SAT EvidenceBased 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.

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.
 5Year Physician Assistant
 6Year Law  Biology
 6Year Law  Chemistry
 6Year Pharmacy
 7Year Dental
 Biochemistry
 Biology
 Chemistry
 Computer Science (optional)
 Engineering (all majors)
 Mathematics (optional)
 PreDental
 PreMedical
 PreOccupational Therapy
 PreOptometry
 PrePharmacy
 PrePhysical Therapy
 PrePhysician Assistant
 PrePodiatry
 PreScience
 PreVeterinary
 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): 013UAS 0800 Initially none
ACT MATH: 1719
SAT MATH: 440500
ALEKS PPL (Math): 1429UAS 0950 Initially none
ACT MATH: 2023
SAT MATH: 510570
ALEKS PPL (Math): 3050MTH 1020/1030/1040
or MTH 1010
AlgebraInitially none ACT MATH: 2426
SAT MATH: 580630
ALEKS PPL (Math): 5175MTH 1400
Elementary FunctionsCHM 1050
Intro to ChemistryFour semesters of high school chemistry (3.0+) or successful completion of ALEKS chemistry placement assessment
ACT MATH: 27+
SAT MATH: 640+
ALEKS PPL (Math): 76100MTH 1410
Analytic Geom & Calculus ICHM 1070
General Chemistry INursing 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) ScoreMath Class Placement
Chemistry Class Placement
ACT MATH: 16 or lower
SAT MATH: 430 or lower
ALEKS PPL (Math): 013UAS 0800 Initially none ACT MATH: 1719
SAT MATH: 440500
ALEKS PPL (Math): 1429UAS 0950 Initially none ACT MATH: 2023
SAT MATH: 510570
ALEKS PPL (Math): 3050MTH 1020/1030/1040
or MTH 1010
AlgebraCHM 1040
General, Organic & Biological Chem for Health SciencesACT MATH: 2426
SAT MATH: 580630
ALEKS PPL (Math): 5175MTH 1400 CHM 1040 ACT MATH: 27+
SAT MATH: 640+
ALEKS PPL (Math): 76100MTH 1410 CHM 1040 PreDental 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) ScoreMath Class Placement
Chemistry Class Placement
ACT MATH: 16 or lower
SAT MATH: 430 or lower
ALEKS PPL (Math): 013UAS 0800
Initially noneACT MATH: 1719
SAT MATH: 440500
ALEKS PPL (Math): 1429UAS 0950
Initially noneACT MATH: 2023
SAT MATH: 510570
ALEKS PPL (Math): 3050MTH 1020/1030/1040
or MTH 1010
AlgebraCHM 1040
General, Organic & Biological Chem for Health SciencesACT MATH: 2426
SAT MATH: 580630
ALEKS PPL (Math): 5175MTH 1400 CHM 1040 or CHM 1050 Intro to Chemistry ACT MATH: 27+
SAT MATH: 640+
ALEKS PPL (Math): 76100MTH 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.

Math
Your highest 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 an SAT/ACT score on file at the University, ALEKS PPL is required for math placement. Below you will find a table of math courses and the corresponding SAT/ACT/ALEKS PPL scores.
Score Needed to Place in Your First Math Course
Math Course
ACT Math
SAT Math
ALEKS PPL
Degree Program Minimum
Math RequirementUAS 0800*
Basic Mathematics16 or lower
430 or lower
013UAS 0950*
Elementary Algebra1719 440500 1429 MTH 1020/1030/1040
Algebra A/B/C Modules or MTH 1010  Algebra2023
510570
3050Business (for students entering Fall 2023 and later)
Health Services Administration
Nursing
PreDental Hygiene
All majors in the College of Liberal Arts & EducationMTH 1400
Elementary Functions
(PreCalculus)2426 580630 5175 Architecture
BiologyMTH 1110
Mathematical Analysis I2426 580630 5160 MTH 1120
Mathematical Analysis II27 and higher 640 and higher 61 and higher Business (for students entering before Fall 2023) MTH 1410
Analytic Geometry and
Calculus I27 and higher 640 and higher 76100 Biochemistry
Chemistry
Computer Science
Engineering (all majors)*This course does not generate earned credits toward graduation requirements.
If you were accepted for admission under the testoptional policy but would like to provide your SAT/ACT score for math placement, log in 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 or scholarship offer.
If you completed 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.
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 6090 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: The ALEKS PPL assessment is open through the first week of classes. After this, once a student is enrolled in a math course, any subsequent ALEKS placement scores will be invalid and will not be considered a replacement for course prerequisites.
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.

Foreign Language
Placement test are available for Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean and Spanish. The online tests are multiple choice and/or fillintheblank 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 3139931102. 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.

Special Testing Accommodations
If you require special testing accommodations, contact Disability Services at least one week prior to testing.
Student Disability & Accessibility Support Services
3139931143
dss@udmercy.edu 
Questions
For questions about placement tests please contact:
Erica HarrisGraze
Assistant Director
Student Success Center
3139931811
grazeem@udmercy.edu.