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Placement Exams

Basic graphing calculators are allowed on all placement exams.  Calculators with symbolic manipulators or computer algebra systems (C.A.S.), such as the TI -89, TI-92, HP48G, are not allowed.
A picture ID and #2 pencils are required.

Freshman Placement Exam

This exam is for students who do not satisfy the necessary prerequisites for math 102, 103&104, 105, or 117.  If you have an ACT mathematics sub-score of 21 or higher, then you do not need to take this exam.

If you have an ACT mathematics sub-score below 19 and have never taken a college level mathematics course, then you must take the Freshman Placement Exam to enroll in math 102, 103&104, or 117. The placement exam is one hour and covers intermediate algebra.

If you have an ACT mathematics sub-score of 19 or 20 and have never taken a college level mathematics course, then you may take the Freshman Placement Exam in an attempt to enroll in math 105. This exam is one hour and covers intermediate algebra.

A schedule of all placement exams can be found on our exam schedules page.

The Math Department has limited space to administer the Freshman Placement Exam and gives seating priority to students who are attending Orientation on the day of the exam. All other seats are first come, first served based on our online registration.

This exam may be taken once per calendar year, and the results are valid for one year. Students will know their placement immediately following the exam.

View some sample questions and answers for the Freshman Placement Exam here.

Cross-Enrollment

Students who place into Intermediate Algebra or who choose to take Intermediate Algebra at a community college have the option to apply for Cross-Enrollment with South Louisiana Community College (SOLACC). For detailed information about cross-enrollment courses, please visit the registrar's Cross-Enrollment webpage. At SOLACC, the Intermediate Algebra course is Math 83, Algebraic Foundations. Students who pass this course with a grade of C or higher may then enroll in Math 102 or Math 103&104 at UL Lafayette.

International Students

International students who have never taken a college level mathematics course in the U.S. and do not have an ACT or SAT mathematics score must first take the ACT Residual Exam.  This exam is administered through the Office of International Affairs and the Counseling and Testing Office.  Depending on the results from the ACT Residual, international students will take the appropriate placement and/or credit exam through the Math Department.

A schedule of all placement exams can be found on our Exam Schedules page.

This exam may be taken once per calendar year.