FAQ

General FAQs

Which placement tests should I take?

Please visit our Interactive Tool, which will help you determine which placement tests you should take.

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. Please note that students will not be able to enroll for the following quarter’s tests until Week 1 of that quarter.

*Special note!

Placement exams are in the process of transitioning online. Information about registration should be available on our website, and we suggest you check periodically for updates.

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 Academic English exam (AE) requires the purchase of a blue book.

The Physics online exam requires a $25 fee.

The Analytical Writing Placement Test (AWPE) does require a fee. Students must pay for this exam before the exam day and must bring proof of payment with them on the exam day. Registering for this exam and paying for it are done separately. Students should register for the exam through our website, and then go to the Analytical Writing Placement Examination website to pay for it after registration. If you believe you have a fee waiver, this information can also be found on the linked website. Please do not forget to bring proof of payment to the exam.

When can I sign up for exemption exams?

Sign-up for scheduled exemption exams are available during Week 2 of every quarter. The scheduled exams are held during Week 3 of the academic year. You must come in person to our office with two photo IDs to sign up for exams. 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.

Language Placement Testing

Which placement tests should I take?

Please visit our Interactive Tool, which will help you determine which placement tests you should take.

*Special note!

Placement exams are in the process of transitioning online. Information about registration should be available on our website, and we suggest you check periodically for updates.

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.

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Which placement tests should I take?

Please visit our Interactive Tool, which will help you determine which placement tests you should take.

*Special note!

The AWPE and Academic English exams are cancelled. We are still discussing on how to best administer these tests. Please continue checking our website for updates.

Which Writing Test should I take?

There are two writing tests used at UCI. The first is the Analytical Writing Placement Test (AWPE). This exam is usually required for all incoming, non-international students unless you are otherwise exempt. The other exam is the Academic English exam (AE) which tests your reading level as well as your writing level. This exam is usually required for international students or students who have scored less than 30 on the ACT, English Language Arts.

I’m an incoming freshman and I got a letter saying I need to take the AWPE in May but I cannot make it on that day. Can I make up the test?

Yes, we will have various testing dates on the UCI campus throughout the summer and during Welcome Week in September. Please check back in mid-June for dates.

Fees & Payments

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 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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