The Transfer Guide

Are you transferring to UCI? Then check out our Transfer Guide to learn about ATC placement exams, exemption exams, and other testing services.


Welcome to UCI! The Academic Testing Center (ATC), 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. 

This reference guide is designed to provide essential information and assisting with the questions you may have about the placement testing process. We encourage you to read the entire guide as it will save you considerable time and trouble later on. Here you will find the most current updates to the policies and procedures.

Which Placement Test(s) to take?

While most transfer students do not need to take placement tests, some courses may require them (for example, language courses and Physics 7C). You are encouraged to consult with your academic counselor or view this Placement Testing Reference Chart if you don’t know which test(s) (if any) you need to take. This interactive page on our website may also prove helpful in helping you determine which tests(s) you need to take.

For more information on specific placement tests, refer to the Placement Testing Program page for detailed descriptions of each test as well as sample test items. Depending on how you intend to fulfill your general education requirements, you may want to take other placement tests as well. 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 Current Test Dates page. 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 website. Early registration is advised. Test dates have limited space, and dates are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Once registration opens, your desired test dates could fill to capacity and become unavailable. 

Registration instructions 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: Register at or 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. This notice will be sent to the email address that you provide on the Placement Testing Registration Form, so please remember to provide a valid email address.
  • Register by emailIf you are unable to register online after activating your UCInetID, you may contact us by email.
  • Registration Cancellation: If you know that you will not be able to take the test(s) that you have registered for, you must inform us via phone or email. Cancellations are required at least 24-hours before the test date.