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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.

Departmental Placement

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Math Placement

UNLV uses your ACT or SAT test scores as the basis for placement into your first math course. If you do not have an ACT or SAT test score or you would like to improve your current placement, you may take the ALEKS Math Placement Assessment.

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English Composition Placement

The English Placement Assessment is free and delivered through Webcampus/Canvas. This assessment requires students to submit a reflective assessment letter.

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Chemistry Placement

The Department of Chemistry and 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.

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Foreign Language Placement

Students with previous foreign language exposure who wish 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.

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English as a Second Language (ESL)

For students whose first language is not English, the English Language Center (ELC) offers ESL courses to aid in the language-learning process. The ELC places students into ESL courses based on their placement test.

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.