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 (702-774-4623) 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.

Writing Center

The Writing Center offers free services to assist you with writing assignments from brainstorming, making outlines, working on drafts or just be a sounding board for your ideas. 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.

Math Pathways

If you would like to see how ACT, SAT, or ALEKS placement scores determine placement into UNLV math courses please see Math Pathways. This handout also shows the typical math pathways options students go through to get to the desired math course required for their major. Speak with your academic advisor for more information regarding the Math course required for your major.

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.

ALEKS Math Placement

ALEKS is a powerful online tool that focuses on the strengths and weaknesses of a student's mathematical knowledge, reports its findings to the student, and then provides the student with access to instructional learning modules for bringing this knowledge up to an appropriate level for better course placement.

You can find sign-up and other important information on the ALEKS Mathematics Placement Assessment at the ALEKS Placement page.

Math Department Placement Test

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


The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry requires that all students complete a placement examination prior to enrollment in either CHEM 121 (General Chemistry I) or CHEM 103 (Preparatory Chemistry). This is a multiple-choice assessment of the student's level of preparation in chemistry and basic math skills. For additional information, including placement score requirements and registration details, please visit the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry website, or contact them by phone at 702-895-3510.

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 BEH 342 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.