Orientation Testing FAQs

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University Testing Services
825 South Lumpkin Street
Athens, GA 30602

Usually students need to take Math, English, and a Foreign Language. Please see exemptions for placement tests on the following links:

Advising happens separately from in-person orientation this summer, so it may not happen prior to your actual section. What we recommend is that students complete any necessary placement tests prior to their advising appointment.

Classes fill up quickly. If you want to register while at orientation, you should take the test. UGA will use the highest score for placement.

Ideally, scores are posted and ready for advisors on the second day of orientation and will post in your Athena account under “Test Scores.”

You can find a chart with this info here.

Placement tests cost $30.  Please schedule your exam by going to testing.uga.edu and pay online for you test. You must bring your Photo ID to your appointment.

There are NO retakes on the Math and Foreign Language placement tests.  The English placement test may be retaken once if you miss the cut off score by one point and you receive written permission from the English Department.

Yes, placement tests are administered year round. You may register online for your appointment at testing.uga.edu

When placement exams are taken throughout the year, the exams are scored and uploaded every Tuesday.  It can take up to one week after the upload for scores to appear on Athena.

It is to your best interest to take the Math placement test before meeting with an advisor (unless you have dual-enrollment credit for Pre-Cal or you have AP credit exempting you from the placement test).  Once you register for a math class, you are no longer eligible to take the Math placement test.

The math department advises all students needing math at UGA to take the Math placement exam to ensure you are placed appropriately.

Please click on the following link: Math Placement Test Topics

Yes. If your transcript (AP/dual-enrollment/etc…) has not been received you will not be able to register for CHEM 1211. However, if you take the Math placement test and exempt Math 1113, you will be able to register.

Register with the UGA’s Disability Resource Center at DRC.  You will be assigned a DRC counselor and he/she will assist you in receiving your accommodations for your placement tests. This must be done prior to scheduling your placement tests.

No. If you are exempt from the English Placement Test by your SAT or ACT scores, you will be placed into ENG 1101 with no exemption credit. 

Yes. You may place out of English 1101 and receive three hours of credit if you meet one of the following:

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

No. Foreign languages are in many different departments. If you plan to register for a foreign language course, and you have two years of a foreign language on your transcript, you are advised to take the foreign language placement test in the language you took in high school. Click here to determine which language and area of study you might need.

No. Make sure you want to take the test before you register and pay. UTS DOES NOT ISSUE REFUNDS.

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