Placement and Advisory Examinations are used by UCR to assess student readiness for University work and to determine the appropriate course placement in English, Mathematics, Chemistry, and Foreign Languages. Students must satisfy placement requirements before registering for these subjects at UCR. Exam results are used for advising and placement purposes only; unit credit cannot be earned with these exams. There are four exams:
- The Analytical Writing Placement Exam (AWPE) is used to satisfy the University of California Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR) and to place first year students into an appropriate English composition course.
- The Mathematics Advisory Exam (MAE) is used to place first year students into an appropriate Mathematics course.
- The University of California coordinates the administration of the UC Analytical Writing Placement Exam (AWPE) that is given at sites across California on the second Saturday of May.
- The UCR Academic Resource Center administers the Mathematics Advisory Exam.
- The Department of Hispanic Studies administers the Spanish Placement exam. All other foreign language placement exams are administered by the Department of Comparative Literature and Foreign Languages.
- Writing: All students must satisfy the Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR) within three quarters of full-time enrollment at UCR. Receiving a satisfactory score on the Analytical Writing Placement Exam (AWPE) is one way to fulfill this requirement. For a full list of ways to satisfy the ELWR, please go to https://uwp.ucr.edu/elwr#before_enrolling_fulltime_at_ucr
- Mathematics: All students who plan to enter a major that requires at least one course in Mathematics need to take the Mathematics Advisory Exam (MAE) for appropriate placement. Undeclared students should consider taking the exam if a major that they are considering requires at least one course in Mathematics.
Bourns College of Engineering (BCoE): All majors require at least one course in Mathematics, therefore all BCoE students must take the Mathematics Advisory Exam (MAE) for appropriate placement.
College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (CNAS): All majors require at least one course in Mathematics, therefore all CNAS students must take the Mathematics Advisory Exam (MAE) for appropriate placement.
College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS): Students in the following majors/programs in the require at least one course in Mathematics and students must take the Mathematics Advisory Exam (MAE): Pre-Business/Business Administration, Psychology, Liberal Studies, Economics, Economics/Administrative Studies, Economics/Law and Society, Business Economics, Political Science/Administrative Studies, Sociology/Administrative Studies, History/Administrative Studies, Art History/Administrative Studies, and some concentrations in Interdisciplinary Studies.
Students in CHASS majors other than those listed above may opt to fulfill their breadth (general education) requirement by enrolling in either a computer science or statistics course that does not require taking the Mathematics Advisory Exam (MAE).
- Foreign Languages: Students who studied a language in high school and/or are native speakers of the language, and plan to pursue or use the language to satisfy the foreign language breadth requirement, must take a language placement examination the prior to enrolling in the language course. The College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (CHASS) requires students to study a foreign language. There is no language requirement in the Bourns College of Engineering (BCOE) or for most majors in the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (CNAS). To determine eligibility for a Foreign Language Placement Exam, please go to http://placementtest.ucr.edu/foreign_lang/
- The Analytical Writing Placement Exam (AWPE) is offered state-wide on the second Saturday of May. All incoming first year students who do not have documented satisfaction of Entry-Level Writing Requirement (ELWR) by April 1, will receive an e-mail or letter requiring them to take the statewide AWPE. It is expected that students will have taken the AWPE prior to attending their Highlander Orientation session.
- Foreign Language Placement Exams should be taken prior to the quarter in which students start a language course. Language exams will not be given during Highlander Orientation in July. Please go http://placementtest.ucr.edu/foreign_lang/ for dates, times, locations, and registration for a specific exam.
- All students who have been admitted to the University of California and have not satisfied the Entry-Level Writing Requirement (ELWR) by April 1 will receive an e-mail or letter directing them to the test center nearest their home or school to take the system-wide UC Analytical Writing Placement Exam (AWPE) on the second Saturday of May. For more information about the statewide AWPE, please contact the statewide AWPE office through their website or call 833-404-5001.
- If student missed the May AWPE, they should register for a make-up exam through the UCR University Writing Program website.
- Depending on the subject, Foreign Language Placement Exams are given by appointment either in written format or by computer. Please go to http://placementtest.ucr.edu/foreign_lang/ for dates, times, locations, and registration for a specific exam.
- There is a $110 fee for the Analytical Writing Placement Examination (AWPE). You will receive a fee card by e-mail or in the mail. You may also pay the fee online with a credit card. This fee will be partially or completely waived if you have already received a waiver of your UC application fees.
- There is a $30 fee* required for each placement examination. The examinations offered are for the following languages: Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, French, Spanish, Russian, German, Filipino/Tagalog, Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese. If you would like to be tested in a language not currently offered at UCR, please contact your advisor. Incoming and continuing students agree to pay the fee at the same time they register for an exam and the cost is billed to their account after they complete the test. Non-students must pay the fee at the exam with a check (checks payable to “UC Regents”).
* Effective June 2018, the fee for all placement exams will be $30.00
- AWPE results will be posted on student "myUCR" pages approximately six weeks after the exam.
- For Foreign Language Exams, all students taking the computerized exams will see their placement upon finishing the exam. UCR students taking the written and oral exams will see their placement, within three (3) business days following the exam, on their Rweb application Student profile under Prior education and testing. Non-UCR students will need to contact the Department of Comparative Literature and Foreign Languages three (3) business days following the exam for their results.
- Sample essays for the Analytical Writing Placement Exam (AWPE) are available at http://www.ucop.edu/elwr/sample.html.
- There are no sample questions or exams for the Language Exams.
- The Analytical Writing Placement Exam (AWPE) may not be taken a second time unless the student has completed a preparatory writing course at a CSU or community college. More information can be found here: https://uwp.ucr.edu/elwr#summer_options.
- The Foreign Language Placement Exams may not be taken a second time in the same language.
Please arrive on time! Once an exam begins, no one is allowed to enter the examination room. Traffic through Southern California is often heavy and there is construction close to UCR, so students should organize and plan accordingly to allow sufficient ti me to reach the test site.
Bring Photo Identification. Students need to present photo identification at check in, or they will not be admitted to the exam.
Bring two (#2) pencils and a black-ink pen. No calculating devices of any kind are permitted for the Mathematics exam.
Parking. For exams administered on the UCR campus, parking permits are required. Upon entering campus, students should follow the signs reading “Placement Exams” to the parking attendant who will sell them a parking permit and direct them to a parking lot and testing rooms. If students arrive before or after a parking attendant is available, a parking permit may be purchased at the UCR main entrance Kiosk booth on West Campus Drive, across from the Administration Building.