Placement Exams


Do I have to take all the placement exams UHM offers?

Not necessarily. Requirements for taking a placement exam depend on your major and the classes you are planning to take in the Fall 2014 semester. For information on individual programs and what placement exams may be required, please visit the links below.

Language
Math
Chemistry
Writing
Questions

If you are unsure if you need to take a placement exam, please contact an academic advisor from your major/department to see which, if any, placement exams you need.


Language Placement Exams

Websites:
Hawaiian and Second Language requirements - General Information
Languages of Europe and the Americas
East Asian Languages
Indo-Pacific Languages
Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language

Before graduation, most students must demonstrate competence at the 202 (second year) level in Hawaiian or a second language. Students can take a four-semester sequence in a single language, take a UHM assessment, if one is offered (see below), or receive a language requirement waiver for those who are native speakers of a language other than English. Students need to check with their college/school for modifications to this requirement.


Languages of Europe and the Americas

All students with prior experience in Spanish - through formal instruction, residence in a Spanish speaking country, habitation with native speaker, etc. - must take a placement exam.

Please visit their website for more information at http://www.hawaii.edu/lleal.

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East Asian Languages

If you want to enroll in a Chinese, Japanese, or Korean course and have had some previous experience with the language, you must take a placement exam.

Please visit their website for more information at http://www.hawaii.edu/eall/.

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Indo-Pacific Languages - http://manoa.hawaii.edu/ipll/

If you want to enroll in a Filipino course and have had some previous experience with the language, you must take a placement exam. To sign up for a placement exam in Filipino, please contact Pia Arboleda at pca62@hawaii.edu to schedule a placement exam date/time.

For all other Indo-Pacific languages, which include Arabic, Cambodian, Hindi, Indonesian, Maori, Samoan, Sanskirt, Tahitian, Thai, Tongan and Vietnamese, please contact the Indo-Pacific Languages Department at (808) 956-8672 or hip@hawaii.edu to schedule an appointment.

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Kawaiheulani Center for Hawaiian Language - http://manoa.hawaii.edu/hshk/kawaihuelani/

If you have previously studied Hawaiian and wish to continue taking courses, please contact Kaiwipuni Lipe, Academic Advisor, at kaiwipun@hawaii.edu to make an appointment.

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Math Placement Exam

Website: http://www.math.hawaii.edu/home/Placement.shtml

Only students who wish to enroll in Math 140, 203, 215, 241, or 251A need to take the Mathematics Assessment Exam. For details and exceptions, please go to the department's website.

The math placement is a two-part exam, each part is approximately 30 minutes. Students who want to enroll in Math 140 or 203 need to only take part I of the exam. Students who want to enroll in Math 215, 241, or 251A need to take both parts I and II.

We strongly recommend that you take the practice exams at the Assessment Exam website. It is very similar to the real exam. You will find out what you should review and what you may score. Click here and look for "Preparation for the Assessment Exam."

Math placement exams, coordinated with NSO, will be held in Physical Science Building 208, with a maximum of 30 seats per time-slot. Sign-ups for below dates are done via your NSO registration form:
- July 25th: 1pm-3pm
- July 30th: 1pm-3pm
- August 4th: 1pm-3pm
- August 7th: 1pm-3pm

Separate math placement exams (not coordinated with NSO) are facilitated by the math department. Sign-ups for the below dates are done via the math department website (math.hawaii.edu/placement), and reservations will be taken starting July:
- August 12: 2pm-4pm
- August 14: 4pm-6pm
- August 18: 1pm-3pm
- August 19: 3pm-5pm
- August 21: 4pm-6pm

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Pre-Chemistry Assessment

Website: http://www.manoa.hawaii.edu/chem/

The online Chemistry Placement Exam for freshmen is available now, through the Chemistry Department. If you have questions regarding the placement exam, please contact the Chemistry Department or view their website for more information.

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Writing Placement

Website: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/mwp/home

All students must meet the Foundations Written Communication (FW) requirement by the end of their first year at UH Manoa.

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Questions

What should I do if I miss the placement exams for the Fall 2012 semester?

Consult with you college/school advisor and the department offering the test for future placement exam times.

How can I find out whether my Advanced Placement scores yield UHM credits?

The acceptable scores accepted by UHM and any equivalent courses for which you have received credit can be found on this informational sheet. If you have questions about your Advance Placement scores/credits, please contact the Admissions Office at (808) 956-8975.

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