English placement exams

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University Testing Services
825 South Lumpkin Street
Athens, GA 30602

This test contains 60 questions and lasts 60 minutes. Based on the results, a student may be required to complete the Writing Sample Test or placed in either UNIV 1115, ENGL 1101 or ENGL 1102. If they are placed in ENGL 1102, they have exempted ENGL 1101 and will receive credit. The test can only be attempted once.  You must be a UGA student to register for this exam.

The English Placement Test consists of two parts, mechanics and rhetoric. A score of 22 (part 1) and 20 (part 2) will place students in English 1102 and give them three hours of credit for English 1101.

Do I need to take the English Placement Exam?
If you meet one of the following criteria, you do not need to take the English Placement Exam and will register for ENGL 1101:

  • Scored 590 or higher on the SAT Critical Reading Test/Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Section; OR
  • Scored 26 or higher on the ACT English Test

Can I place out of English 1101?
You may place out of English 1101 and receive three hours of credit if you:

  • Scored a 3 or 4 on the AP Literature & Composition or the AP Language & Composition exam;
  • Scored a 4, 5, or 6 on the IB High Level (HL) English exam;
  • Scored a 5, 6, or 7 on the IB Standard Level (SL) English exam;
  • Earn a score of 22 (part 1) and 20 (part 2) on the English Placement Exam

Can I place out of English 1102?
You may place out of both English 1101 and 1102 and receive six hours of credit if you:

  • Scored a 5 on the AP Literature & Composition or the AP Language & Composition exam
  • Scored a 7 on the IB High Level (HL) English exam
  • You earned dual enrollment credit in English 1101/ English 1102 or earned credit at another approved USG institution

If you do not meet any of the above criteria, take the English placement exam.


* Students with an AP English score of 3 in either English Lit & Composition or English Language & Composition should consider taking the Departmental English Placement Test and discuss the results with their Academic Advisor to further analyze their strengths in English mechanics and rhetoric and their preparedness for ENGL1102.

AP Score Language & Composition                  Credit Earned                                Placement
3                                                                   ENGL 1101 (3 credit hours)            ENGL 1102
4                                                                   ENGL 1101 (3 credit hours)            ENGL 1102
5                                                                   ENGL 1101 (3 credit hours)
                                                                     ENGL 1102(3 credit hours)


AP Score Lit & Composition                         Credit Earned                                   Placement
3                                                                   ENGL 1101 (3 credit hours)             ENGL 1102
4                                                                   ENGL 1101 (3 credit hours)             ENGL 1102
5                                                                   ENGL 1101 (3 credit hours)
                                                                     ENGL 1102(3 credit hours)


Students with an IB English High Level score of 4 or Standard Level score of 5 should consider taking the Departmental English Placement Test and discuss the results with their Academic Advisor to further analyze their strengths in English mechanics and rhetoric and their preparedness for ENGL1102.

IB Level and Score                                    English placement **                        Placement
HL4                                                             ENGL 1101 (3 credit hours)                 ENGL 1102
HL5                                                             ENGL 1101 (3 credit hours)                 ENGL 1102
HL6                                                             ENGL 1101 (3 credit hours)                 ENGL 1102
HL7                                                             ENGL 1101 (3 credit hours)
                                                                    ENGL 1102 (3 credit hours)
SL5 *                                                           ENGL 1101 (3 credit hours)                 ENGL 1102
SL6 *                                                           ENGL 1101 (3 credit hours)                 ENGL 1102
SL7 *                                                           ENGL 1101 (3 credit hours)


English Placement Test CAN give credit hours
AP & IB tests CAN give credit hours
ACT & SAT tests DO NOT

If you have any questions about credit and exemptions for the English placement exam, please contact the English Department at (706) 542-1261. If you have any questions about scheduling a placement exam, please contact University Testing Services at (706) 542-3183

Cost: 
$30

Test Length:
1 hour

Results:
Exams are scored on Tuesday.  Once scored, it can then take up to a week for scores to be posted to Athena.

You should be able to find your placement test scores on Athena. To access your scores:

  • Visit the Athena website at athena.uga.edu.
  • Log in using your MyID and password.
  • Click on the middle “Student” tab.
  • Click on the second link for “Student Records.”
  • Click on the final link for “View Test Scores.”

If you are unable to access your scores from your Athena Account, click through to the Placement Score Request form.

 
Further Information: 
English Placement Exam Exceptions

Register for an Exam

You will be redirected to the RegisterBlast site, where you will receive instructions on logging in and signing up.

Placement Exam Score Request

Scores can take take about a week to post to Athena. If you have already completed a placement exam and it’s been over a week and you don’t see your score in Athena, fill out the Placement Exam Score Request form.