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Math, English, & Reading Placement

Placement into many of your courses will be based on you ACT or SAT scores, or courses that you have previously taken at UNM or another college.

If this is your first time going to 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.


If you are not content with your English, Math and Reading placements, you can challenge them by taking a placement exam (ACCUPLACER Exam) at the UNM Testing Center. You may take the placement exam if:

  • Your ACT or SAT scores place you into one or more Academic Foundations classes such as
    • UNIV 103 Foundational Math
    • UNIV 106 Critical Text Analysis
  • You wish to test out of ENGL 111 and into ENGL 110

When should I take an ACCUPLACER Exam?

We highly encourage students to take the ACCUPLACER Exam before orientation, so that academic advisors have the best information available to assist you during advisement. You will not have time to take an ACCUPLACER Exam during orientation. 

What do I need to know in order to take the ACCUPLACER Exam?

The UNM Testing Center administers all ACCUPLACER Placement Exams
Location: UNM Continuing Education South Building Room 226.
Hours: Walk-in Monday – Friday from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Cost: $5.00 per exam
Phone: 505-277-5346
A photo ID is required to take placement exams

Important Note

The highest score amongst all exams taken (ACT, SAT, ACCUPLACER) will be used for placement. ACCUPLACER Placement Testing Flyer

The Testing Center does not administer Foreign Language Placement Exams.

Foreign Languages

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. French placement exams can be taken online. Students do not need to visit the Language Learning Center to take the exam but can use their computer lab if needed.