General FAQs

When will the test dates be up?

The ATC has test dates for the current quarter listed on the Current Test Dates page. Towards the end of the quarter, the page will be updated with new dates for the following quarter. Registration is available through the Register/Check Result portal. 

When can I sign up for exemption exams?

Some of the language exams offered doubles as a placement and exemption exam. Please see the Current Test Dates to view the scheduled exam date and register for an exam. If we do not offer an exam in the language you desire, we may be able to order an exam from another university or get you in touch with a UC faculty member who can administer the exam for you. This requires time and research, so requesting your exam at the start of the quarter is strongly advised. However, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to locate a test for your desired language.

Is there a fee for my placement test?

For most exams, there are no fees if you are a UCI student.

Language exams are free unless the ATC needs to order the test. In this case, a deposit may be required.

The Physics online exam requires a $25 fee.

The ALEKS Calculus PPL module has a $20 fee and includes two attempts. Students are welcome to take the exam at the ATC for free by appointment, or use ProctorU for an additional fee. 

Language Placement Testing

When should I take a language placement test?

You must take your language placement test at least one quarter before the quarter that you want to take the course. For example, if you would like to take a Spanish course during Spring quarter, you should complete the placement test the previous Winter quarter. If you are only looking to clear a language requirement, you may take the test at your discretion. However, please keep in mind that the longer you wait, the less time you will have to take a course in the event you do not test into your desired course.

I have no prior knowledge of ____ language, do I have to take the placement test?

For ChineseJapanese, and Korean only: You may be exempt from taking the language placement test. Please review the list of questions on the testing website under these specific tests. If you answer “NO” to the list of questions, you must still come to our office with your UCI ID and a valid government ID, where you will be given the background survey. Depending on the language you want to get exempt from, you may or may not have to take an oral interview, so be sure to read the guidelines under the specific language.

For Spanish: Students without previous background in Spanish must take a copy of their high school transcript to their academic counselor to activate their eligibility to enroll in SPAN 1A.

Which test should I take?

Which Writing Test should I take?

For more information about Writing Placement, please contact the Writing team at writingplacement.uci.edu. 

Calculus Placement testing


I just took the ALEKS Calculus Placement Exam. When can I enroll for my Math class?

Please allow two business days before enrolling into your math course. Once your placement score is available online through our “Check Results” portal, you should be able to enroll. Exams completed during a school break/holiday will be scored after the break.

Can I take the exam more than once?

Yes, but please allow 48 hours in between each attempt at the assessment. You must also complete 10 hours within the learning module to unlock the second (and final). 

You will need at least a 80% to be cleared for Math 2A.


General FAQs

I’m a non-UCI student who needs an exam proctored for my university/online class. Can your office help me?

Yes, we can! We require that your professor and/or university send us all exam materials prior to the exam date. You may then make an appointment with us. If you need us to fill out any verification forms, you can send them to our email testcenter@uci.edu. Please note, we do charge a fee for our proctoring services. We only accept cash or checks made payable to UC Regents as forms of payment.

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