Course Placement and Placement Testing

All students who are beginning college-level course work in English, Mathematics, World Languages and Cultures, and Chemistry are placed at the level best suited to their academic preparation and background. Initial placements are determined by a combination of factors depending on the subject area. ACT scores and high school grades determine placement in English. Students who were placed into EH 100 may opt to take the Composition Placement Test for entry into EH 101. Students may call Testing Services at 256.824.6725 to schedule an appointment to take the Composition Placement Test. This test may only be taken once.

ACT scores, AP Calculus exam scores and/or previous college level mathematics courses (which have been accepted by the Math Department for transfer credit) determine placement in Mathematics. Students who have no means of math placement can take the Mathematics Placement Test. See here for online test registration. This test may be taken twice.

Students who wish to place out of CH 101 and into CH 121 can only do so by taking the UAH Chemistry Placement Test. Call Testing Services at 256.824.6725 to schedule an appointment for Chemistry Placement Testing. This test may only be taken once.

Students with prior knowledge of French, German, or Spanish may demonstrate competence at an advanced level in five ways:

  1. performance on a computer based placement test
  2. high school coursework
  3. CLEP examination
  4. AP examination and
  5. native language experience

Students should contact the World Languages and Cultures department at 256.824.6871 or 256.824.1022 to inquire about their placement policies.

Students will be notified at the time of the tests when they can expect to receive the test results. There is no charge for the Chemistry Placement Test, Composition Placement Test, Foreign Language Placement Test or the Mathematics Placement Test. If a student has not received initial course placements before enrollment, he or she should contact the Office of Admissions.

Credit by Examination

UAH recognizes credit by examination and credit for several types of out-of-class experiences. Credit hours earned by examination and/or out-of-class experiences are not considered UAH institutional coursework, and therefore, may not be applied towards fulfillment of:

  • the minimum of 50 percent of the coursework required to earn a bachelor’s degree that must be earned at a bachelor’s degree granting institution (four-year college or university)
  • the minimum of 25 percent of the coursework required for the degree that must be earned in residence at The University of Alabama in Huntsville

There are four alternatives by which a student may gain credit through examination at UAH:

  1. departmental examinations
  2. the Advanced Placement (AP) Program
  3. the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and
  4. International Baccalaureate (IB)

Credit by examination is not granted in the following cases:

  1. if a student has been enrolled in a comparable course for more than three weeks
  2. to remove a failure already recorded for a course or
  3. to satisfy the residency requirement for graduation

Credit by Department Examination

Departmental examinations for credit in specific courses may be given by a department upon application by the student and with the approval of the Department Chair. Students may apply for such a test if they have taken college-level work in secondary school, in a non-collegiate class or on a tutorial basis, or through private study. Credit, if awarded, will be recorded without grades or quality points and will not, therefore, be included in calculation of the grade point average. The amount of credit allowable through departmental examinations is determined by the appropriate academic dean and the department chair concerned.

Departments offering credit by examination on tests constructed by the department:

Biological SciencesContact Department Chair
Civil EngineeringCE 211, CE 284
Computer ScienceAll 100 and 200 level courses
Electrical and Computer EngineeringCPE 211
Foreign LanguagesContact Department Chair
Mechanical and Aerospace EngineeringMAE 211
MusicMU 100, MU 201, MU 203
PhilosophyPHL 201, PHL 320
PhysicsPH 111, PH 112
PsychologyPY 300, PY 302

Advanced Placement Program

Several UAH departments award credit to students who have earned designated scores on Advanced Placement (AP) Program examinations of the College Entrance Examination Board. AP examinations are usually taken at the end of an AP-designed course of study in high school. If awarded, credit will be recorded without grades or quality points and will not, therefore, be included in calculation of the grade point average. Students should apply for credit through the Office of the Registrar. Official scores may be requested at UAH AP code: 1854. Scores presented on transcripts from other institutions cannot be evaluated. To view AP Exam scores and the equivalent credit please visit

Math Placement Table

Math ACT Math SAT Placement Test AP Calculus Test Score Placement Equivalent Math Course (dependent on major)
0-19200-440<15%NALevel 0MA 107L, MA 110L, MA 112L
20-24450-550>15% and <30%NALevel 1MA 107, MA 110, MA 112
25-26560-590>30% and <75%NALevel 2MA 113, MA 115, MA 120
27-36600-800>75%NALevel 3MA 171
NANANA3 (either AB or BC test)NAMA 172
NANANA4 or 5 (only the BC test)NAMA 201

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is a national program under which a student can receive credit for college level achievement. Anyone who has practical knowledge in an area through independent study, work experience, cultural exposure, or intensive reading, may take these tests. The policy for CLEP credit varies with each institution. The policies listed herein are those of UAH. See for test dates, fees, and registration.

Credit by CLEP examination is allowed if the appropriate academic department has approved the CLEP test for use by the University. Credit awarded for CLEP examinations will be recorded on the student's record without grades or quality points and will not, therefore, be included in calculation of the grade point average. If a student does not pass a CLEP test, no record is placed on his or her transcript. Examinations may be retaken six months after initial testing.

Students should check with their program of study and their academic advisor to determine which, if any, CLEP examinations they may take to satisfy either free elective or degree requirements.

Listed below are UAH courses in which a student may receive CLEP credit, along with specific CLEP test titles and minimum score requirements.

Course Number CLEP Subject Test Title Minimum Score Required
Composition and Literature
EH 101College Composition Modular50 and proficient performance on College Composition Modular Essay
EH 1021College Composition Modular65 and superior performance on College Composition Modular Essay
CH 121, CH 123, CH 125, CH 126General Chemistry48 (Recommended student take the Chemistry Placement Test first)
World Languages and Cultures
WLC 101 (French)College French48
WLC 101 - WLC 102 (French)College French50
WLC 101 (German)College German48
WLC 101 - WLC 102 (German)College German50
WLC 101 (Spanish)College Spanish48
WLC 101 - WLC 102 (Spanish)College Spanish50
History and Social Science
HY 101Western Civilization I56 (plus A/B on departmental essay)
HY 102Western Civilization II56 (plus A/B on departmental essay)
HY 221History of the United States, Part I60 (plus A/B on departmental essay)
HY 222History of the United States, Part II60 (plus A/B on departmental essay)
SOC 100Introductory Sociology50
PSC 101American Government50 (with essay)
PY 101Introductory Psychology60
ACC 211Financial Accounting65
ECN 142Principles of Macroeconomics50
ECN 143Principles of Microeconomics50
MIS 146Information Systems & Computer Applications50

Students who have already completed EH 101 or a comparable course are not eligible to take the CLEP test for EH 102. CLEP tests must be taken in a student's first term.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

The University of Alabama in Huntsville recognizes International Baccalaureate (IB) credit with a score of 5, 6, or 7 on the higher-level examinations. IB score reports should be sent to the UAH Office of Admissions for evaluation. Additional credit may be awarded on a course by course basis as approved by the department. Some departments may award credit based on the subsidiary examinations. The academic unit responsible for the student's program of study will determine the application of credits toward specific degree requirements. If awarded, credits will be recorded without grades or quality points, and will not, therefore, be included in the calculation of grade point average.

International Baccalaureate Course Higher Level Exam Score Semester Credit UAH Course Equivalent Comments
Anthropology5-73SOC 105
Art History5-76ARH 100, ARH 101
Art Studio5-76ARS 123 & ARS 140 or ARS 106 & ARS 260Depending on Portfolio
Biology5-78BYS 119, BYS 120
Chemistry5-64CH 101, CH 105
78CH 101/CH 105, CH 201/CH 205
Computer Science5-73CS 100
Economics5-63ECN 142
76ECN 142, ECN 143
English5-63EH 101
76EH 101, EH 102
Geography5-73GY 110
History, Europe5-73HY 102
History, US5-76HY 221, HY 222
History, World5-76HY 103, HY 104
Languages: French, German, Spanish5-715WLC 101, WLC 102, WLC 201, WLC 202, WLC 301
Mathematics5-64MA 171
78MA 171, MA 172
Music5-73MU 100
Philosophy5-73PHL 101
Physics5-78PH 101, PH 102
Psychology5-76PY 101, PY 102
Theater Arts5-73TH 122

Instructional and Testing Services

Shelley Lawson, Coordinator
Annette Murray, Coordinator

225 Wilson Hall
Telephone: 256.824.6725

This office administers the tests used for admissions, credit by examination, and placement to include: the ACT Assessment and Residual ACT, the SAT, the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), the Graduate Record Examination Subject Test (GRE Subject), the Miller Analogies Test (MAT), the internet-based TOEFL (iBT TOEFL), the Nursing HESI exam, and the UAH Chemistry, Composition and Mathematics Placement Tests. The UAH English Language Placement Test (ELPT) used for English as Second Language Placement, is also administered. UAH does not currently administer the following examinations: Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT), Graduate Record Examination General Test (GRE), Law School Admissions Test (LSAT), or Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT.) To determine test locations, dates, fees, etc., candidates should check directly with the respective test company. Links to test company websites are available at