Testing

During New Student Orientation (NSO) or Transfer Non-Traditional Orientation (TNT), students will meet with an Academic Advisor from their specific major and will register for their courses. Academic Advisors will assist students in creating an individual plan of study that is used to guide students along their path to graduation. Every major has specific courses, deadlines, and other requirements so it is important to check with an Academic Advisor early and often to ensure students are taking the right classes each semester! 

While at NSO/TNT, Academic Advisors will use ACT/SAT scores, dual credit, transfer work, AP/IB credit, and ACCUPLACER Placement test scores when determining what classes a student will register for.

Please note! ONLY information that is readily available on a student's record will be used for course placement!


Placement Frequently Asked Questions



ACCUPLACER Placement Test

The UNM Testing Center uses ACCUPLACER, a computer adaptive test for students who have never taken an ACT exam or students who want to challenge their ACT/SAT score(s). Results with placement recommendations are printed immediately after completion of the test(s). Students may take a math, reading and/or English placement test(s) to "place out" of introductory studies classes. These tests are for placement only, not for course credits.  The mathematics and English departments use the highest scores for placement.  


Course Placement:

SAT   Score

New SAT (as of March 2016)

ACT   Score

ACCUPLACER   Score:

Course   Placement

Verbal

RDG/WRTG

Reading

Reading

 

<=   429

0-479

<=   17

0-79

UNIV   106 Critical Text Analysis

430+

480+

18+

80-120

Exempt   from UNIV 106 Critical Text Analysis

Verbal

RDG/WRTG

English

Sentence Skills

 

0-370

0-429

14

0-108

English 111 Composition I (Cannot test into   112)

380-600

430-650

15-25

109-120

English   110 Accelerated Composition***

610-640

660-690

26-28

 

English   120 Composition III

650+

700+

29+

 

Exempt   from English 120

Math

Math

Math

Arithmetic

 

<430

0-469

1-17

0-120

UNIV   103 Foundational Math

Math

Math

Math

Elementary Algebra

 

 

 

 

0-40

UNIV   103 Foundational Math

430-509

470-539

18-21

41-65

Math   101

450-509

490-539

 

41-65

Math   111*

 

 

22-24

66-103

Math   129 or STAT 145

 

540-589

 

 

Stat   145, Math 121, or Math 129

510-569

540-589

22-24

104-120

Math   121

Math

Math

Math

College Level Math

 

 

 

 

0-36

Use   Elementary Algebra Score

540-589

 

22-24

37-68

Math   121, 129, or STAT 145

590-729

590+

25-31

69-99

Math   123, 150, 153 or

600+

620+

26+

69-99

Math   180

730+

660-729

28-31

100-120

Math   162**

Math

 

Math

N/A

 

0-699

0-729

<=31

 

Must   take Math 123

700+

730+

32+

 

Out   of Math 123