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Placement Tests/Tutoring


UNLV offers tutoring for almost every subject taught on campus. Some options are free of charge, and others have a small fee. Contact the individual office for more information.

Academic Success Center

The Academic Success Center (ASC) offers small group and drop-in lab tutoring for courses like ACCOUNTING, BIOLOGY, CHEMISTRY, ECONOMICS, MATH, PHILOSOPHY, PSYCHOLOGY, and PHYSICS. Subjects are added based on tutoring requests and availability. Tutoring is provided throughout the school year so students can sign up anytime for assistance. All UNLV students are welcome to stop by the Academic Success Center (#774-4623) to learn more about the campus-wide tutoring program.

UNLV Math Tutoring Clinic

The UNLV Math Tutoring Clinic offers free tutoring for most lower-level math courses. There are walk-in hours as well as individual appointments available. Contact the UNLV Math Clinic at 702-895-5154 to find out the current location, schedule, and information.

College of Education Mathematics Center and Clinic

The College of Education Mathematics Center and Clinic offers free tutoring for education majors enrolled in MATH 122 or 123 in addition to sessions for PPST preparation. Contact the clinic at 702-895-1197.

Writing Center

The Writing Center offers free services to assist you with writing assignments from brainstorming and outlines to proofreading final drafts. They also offers essay and grammar workshops throughout the year. Contact the Writing Center at 702-895-3908 or visit them in CDC 3-301.

Placement Tests

Placement is required for enrollment into your first English, math, foreign language, and chemistry courses. Below you will find information regarding placement for these subjects. For placement into courses not listed here, please contact the individual departments.

Mathematics (MATH) and English (ENG)

UNLV uses your ACT or SAT test scores as the basis for placement into your first English or math course. See where you place based on your current test score. If you do not have an ACT or SAT test score or you would like to improve your current placement, there are a few options available to you on campus.

ACT Residual

The Division of Educational Outreach Testing Services offers the ACT residual. For dates and information please contact their office directly.

English Composition Placement

Students can submit a placement portfolio to the English Composition Department for review. Included in the portfolio is a timed writing sample proctored by one of the English Department faculty members on campus. The current fee to have your portfolio reviewed is $20. Please contact the English Composition Department at 702-895-3165 for more information.

Math Department Placement Test

The Math Department offers placement test during the year for a fee of $11. Please contact the department at 702-895-3567 to arrange your test date.


The Chemistry Department requires placement for enrollment into CHEM 121: General Chemistry I. Students intending on taking this course must successfully pass the chemistry placement exam or earn a "C" or better in CHEM 103: Preparatory Chemistry. Contact the Chemistry Department at 702-895–3510 for information regarding the placement test.

Foreign Language

Students with previous foreign language exposure wishing to enroll in a language course at UNLV are encouraged to complete the free foreign language written placement exam offered by the Department of World Languages and Cultures. Please contact the department at 702-895-3431 or in FDH 508 for more information.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

For students whose first language is not English, the English Language Center offers ESL courses to aid in the language-learning process. The ELC places students into ESL courses based on their placement test. To arrange the ESL placement test, contact the ELC at 702-895-1264. International students planning to attend UNLV must earn a satisfactory score on an English placement test. The ELC offers the Michigan Test of English Language Proficiency (MTLEP) regularly throughout the school year. Contact the ELC at 702-895-1264 for more information.