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Foreign Language Placement Test

The Foreign Language Placement Test is offered online for French, German, Latin, and Spanish. For languages other than these four, please contact Dr. Michelle Scatton-Tessier, Chair of the Department of World Languages and Cultures.

All UNCW students are required to take at least one course in a foreign language to complete University Studies requirements (some circumstances may require more).

Everyone should take the placement test except:

  • Students who never took a high school course in the language they intend to study at the University or only took one course of that language in high school.
  • Students who are transferring foreign language credit from another institution.

For more information about Foreign Language Placement Testing and to access the exam, visit the website.

Students continuing to study a foreign language that they studied in high school must take the Foreign Language Placement Exam prior to Orientation. This exam is crucial for registration so please do this prior to attending Orientation. University Studies required students to obtain proficiency through the 201-level in a language previously studied or the 102-level in a second foreign language not previously studied. Those who wish to take a language not previously studied and those with no high school language and/or no college transferred languages do not need to take the placement test. For more information, visit the University Studies Foreign Language requirement website or the Foreign Language Placement website.

Math Placement Test

You may need to take the math placement test in order to register for classes. If you need to take the math placement test, you need to check in at 7:45 a.m. If you are unsure if you need to take the math placement test, you need to check-in at 7:45 a.m. The math exam begins at 8 a.m. sharp. You can find exemptions as well as sample questions to prepare for the exam by going to the Answers to FAQ about Math Placement Testing page.

Who does not need to take the UNCW Math Placement test?

  • Students who intend to take MAT 101, after checking to make sure the course meets the math requirement of their intended major.
  • Students who took the ACT Math Test and received a sufficiently high score:
    • Students scoring 22 or higher may take MAT 111, MAT 141, MAT 142, STT 210, or STT 215 without take the math placement exam.
    • Students scoring 27 or higher may take MAT 112, MAT 115, or  MAT 151 without taking the math placement exam.
    • Students scoring 29 or higher may take MAT 161 without taking the math placement exam.
  • Students who took the AP Calculus Test and received a sufficiently high score:
    • Students scoring a 2 on AP calculus AC or BC may register for MAT 151 or MAT 161 without taking a math placement exam.
    • Students scoring a 3 or higher on AP Calculus AB will get credit for MAT 161 and may take MAT 162.
    • Students scoring a 3 or higher on AP Calculus BC will get credit for MAT 161 and may take MAT 261.
  • Students who have passed a CLEP math exam or already have college-level credit for MAT 111, MAT 112, MAT 115, MAT 151, MAT 161, or IB Math (minimum score: 5).

Retest Policy

It is very important to take the math placement test seriously. If, however, you feel the need to retake your exam, please contact the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at MathStats@uncw.edu or 910-962-3290.