Transfer Student Guide to Placement Testing


Welcome to UCI! The Academic Testing Center, under the umbrella of the Division of Undergraduate Education, offers a variety of resources and services to help you make the most of your testing experience this summer. We wish you much success and hope this is a year of growth and accomplishments for you.

Which Placement Test(s) to take?

While most transfer students do not need to take placement tests, some courses you may wish to take do have them (for example, language courses and Physics 7C). You are encouraged to consult with your academic counselor if you don't know which test(s) (if any) you need to take. The Placement Testing Reference Chart and the interactive page of our web site may also prove helpful. This interactive page will indicate which placement test(s) you are required to take (unless you are exempt) based on your responses to the questions posed. You may then refer to the test descriptions found on the Placement Testing Program page of the site for a detailed description of each test and sample test items. Depending on how you intend to fulfill your general education requirements, you may want to take other placement tests. General education requirements are described in the UCI General Catalogue and must be completed in order to graduate.

When Are Placement Tests Given?

Placement tests will be offered on the dates listed on the Summer tests schedule. Testing will be available on the dates listed. You may select a test for any of the dates. Furthermore, testing will be available during Welcome Week of fall quarter. Please note that there is only one testing date (June 30th) before the Transfer Success orientations on July 2nd and July 6th.

How Do You Register for Placement Tests?

Test registration is available online for all online exams starting early July. You may register for placement testing when you register for SPOP. You may also register through our web site. Early registration is advised. Test dates have limited seating and seats are assigned on a first-come-first-serve basis. Your desired test date(s) could fill to capacity soon after registration begins and not be a available.

Instructions on how to register for the summer placement tests are listed below. Please register using only one of the following methods and do not sign up for more than one date per test - you may contact our office to make a change later.

  • Online Registration: www.uci.edu orientation program  or testingcenter.uci.edu/onlineregistration.htm Remember to print your Entry Ticket (confirmation of registration) at the end of the registration process and bring it with you to the test session.

  • Registration Cancellation: If you know that you will not be able to take the test(s) for which you have already registered, you must cancel your registration online using one of the methods above.

  • Remember to provide a valid e-mail address:
    If you are unable to register online after activating your NetID, you may contact us by email. 
    Within 48 hours after your registration is received and processed, you will receive an electronic confirmation notice with information about printing your Entry Ticket. This notice will be sent to the e-mail address that you provide on the Placement Testing Registration Form.

  • Registration Cancellation: If you know that you will not be able to take the test(s) for which you have registered, you must request cancellation by writing to us via e-mail.