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 2016 semester. NSO has worked directly with different programs regarding placement exams for NSO participants only. Thus, the placement exam dates that are on our webpage when you register for sessions may be different. For information on individual programs and what placement exams may be required, please visit the links below. As always, if you are in doubt or have a question, call or email us!

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

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

Students with prior experience in Greek, Latin, French, German, Italian, Latin, Russian or Spanish are encouraged to take a placement exam. For more information, please visit their website at http://manoa.hawaii.edu/llea/for-students/placement-exams

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East Asian Languages

Testing and Procedures

Students with no prior Chinese, Japanese or Korean language experience should enroll in CHN, JPN or KOR 101 (or 111). If your language proficiency is judged to be beyond the 101-level on the first day of class, you will be placed in a higher level course. Students who are placed in 102 or a higher level may complete the language requirement faster and earn up to 16 back-credits, which can be counted toward graduation (Restrictions apply: see the Manoa Back Credit Policy). Students starting from 101 will receive no back-credits. A placement adjustment made in the first week of class does not guarantee a seat in the course appropriate for the student. Students with prior experience in the language (i.e., formal classroom training, residence in the country of its use, cohabitation with a native speaker, etc.) are required to take a placement test.

Continuing and Incoming UH Manoa students
Students with prior experience in Chinese, Japanese or Korean language and who are new to the UHM program are required to take a placement exam to determine which course is appropriate for each student's language background and ability. For Japanese only, taking the placement exam is optional for students who have already earned prerequisite college credits at one of the University of Hawai'i campuses, including community colleges, with a grade of C or better. However, the placement exam is strongly recommended if you are interested in taking advanced courses (300-400 level), if there has been a gap since your last language class, or if you would like a firmer sense of your proper placement.

Chinese

Date Location Time
Tuesday, July 26 Moore 153A 10:00am
Tuesday, August 2 Moore 153A 10:00am
Tuesday, August 9 Moore 153A 10:00am
Tuesday, August 16 Moore 153A 10:00am
*Exam begins promptly at 10:00am and will take about 1 1/2 hours.

Japanese

Date Location Time
Tuesday, July 27 Moore 153A 10:00am
Tuesday, August 3 Moore 153A 10:00am
Tuesday, August 10 Moore 153A 10:00am
Tuesday, August 17 Moore 153A 10:00am
*Exam begins promptly at 10:00am and will take about 1 hour.

Korean

Date Location Time
Tuesday, July 27 Moore 257 10:00am
Tuesday, August 3 Moore 257 10:00am
Tuesday, August 10 Moore 257 10:00am
Tuesday, August 17 Moore 257 10:00am
*Exam begins promptly at 10:00am and will take about 1 hour.

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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.

If you want to enroll in an Ilokano course and have had some previous experience with the language, you must take a placement exam. To sign up for a placement exam in Ilokano, please contact Julius Soria at soria@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

Students with prior experience in the Hawaiian language are encouraged to take a placement exam. For more information, please visit their website at http://manoa.hawaii.edu/nhss/academicadvising/student-forms/

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Math Placement Exam

Website: http://math.hawaii.edu/wordpress/placement-exam/

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 36 seats per time-slot. Sign-ups for below dates are done via your NSO registration form:

Math Placement Exams

Date Location Time
Thursday, August 4 Physical Science Building 208 6:00 - 7:00pm
Tuesday, August 16 Physical Science Building 208 6:00 - 7:00pm
Additional math placement exams (not coordinated with NSO) are facilitated by the math department. Contact the math department via email at office@math.hawaii.edu or via phone at (808)956-4679 for more information.

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Pre-Chemistry Assessment

Students who wish to enroll in CHEM 161 or CHEM 171 must take the Prechemistry Assessment. For more information, please contact the Chemistry Department via email at chemreg@hawaii.edu or phone at (808) 956-5904. You may also visit their website at http://manoa.hawaii.edu/chem/academics/undergraduate/placement-exam/

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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 2016 semester?

Consult with your 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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