It's important to enroll in classes that are right for your skill level so you don't waste time or money taking classes you don't need. Placement testing (such as Math and Reading) is required for some students and other testing (such as CLEP) is optional.
Math & Reading Placement Testing
UofL staff will individually review your record to determine if you will benefit from Math and/or Reading placement testing. In some cases, test scores are used to meet prerequisites for enrollment in courses, so it's important that we have your most up-to-date scores. If our staff determines you need to complete placement testing, a checklist item will be added in your New Cards Gateway and we will communicate with you via email. Accuplacer placement exams need to be completed prior to orientation.
While UofL staff will carefully review your file and contact you if you need placement testing, here is a general guideline of which students may need placement testing.
|Academic Unit||Take MATH Accuplacer if...||Take READING Accuplacer if...|
|Dental Hygiene, Music, Social Work||
|Speed School of Engineering||
*Students majoring in Biology, Chemistry, Neuroscience or Physics may also need to take the Math Accuplacer placement exam depending on their ACT/SAT Math scores and will be notified.
Please log into your New Cards Gateway to view the ACT/SAT scores we have on file under the "Test Scores and GPA" section. It's important that we have your highest test scores on record.
To log in to your Gateway, you'll use the same personal email and password you used when you created your account to apply to UofL.
If you would like to send new/additional scores for us to consider during our assessment, it is best to send them directly from the score reporting sites:
We will also accept test scores on transcripts sent electronically through exchange websites such as Parchment, or by your school counselor to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have taken AP or Dual Credit classes, you will have the opportunity to report this information later in the Spring/Summer and those scores may be used to assess your placement testing needs as well.
If you haven't taken the ACT or SAT, no worries; we will be in communication to let you know about virtual/in-person placement testing for your course enrollment.
If you would like to send us your scores so we can assess if you can enroll in courses without placement testing, you may do so.
Please note, submitting test scores at this time will not negatively affect your admission status or scholarships. We will only use this information to assess if you would benefit from placement testing.
If we inform you that you need to take both the Math AND Reading Accuplacer placement exams, we recommend you take both tests at the same time to save time and money.