If this is your first time going college, course placement will be based on your ACT or SAT scores. If you don’t know your scores, visit the ACT or SAT websites to obtain them. New Student Orientation offers a program called My Course Placement to assist students in determining which courses they will place into during their first year.
If you are not happy with your English, Math and Reading placements, you can challenge them by taking a placement exam (Compass Exam) at the UNM Testing Center. You may take the placement exam if:
We highly encourage students to take the Compass Exam before orientation, so that academic advisors have the best information available to assist you during advisement. You will not have time to take a Compass Exam during orientation.
The Math Compass Placement Exam overrides ACT or SAT Math scores. If you are placed in a lower math class, you will be required to take the lower class.
Students must also take a foreign language placement exam to enroll in Spanish, French, or German courses. Click here for information about foreign language placement exams.