Placement Testing

Placement Testing at the UO consists of tests in Writing, Mathematics, Second Language and AEIS (Academic English for International Students). Questions concerning placement testing can be sent to the University Counseling & Testing Center.

Score results are available immediately after the completion of the test, and are posted to DuckWeb within 24 hours. To review your placement test scores for mathematics or languages go to Student Menu > View Placement Test Scores.

See also:

Requesting Official Score Reports

Writing Placement

Students are required to complete two terms of Writing in order to receive their degree, and can satisfy this requirement by completing WR 121 and either WR 122 or 123. Consult with your advisor to determine the appropriate section of WR 121 for your needs. Students who believe their writing skills to be in advance of what they would learn in WR 121 and/or WR 122 can take a waiver exam, during the first week of the Fall, Winter and Spring terms.

Some students will be exempt from WR 121 based on SAT-CR or ACT-English scores. Students who have taken and received qualifying scores on either the AP or the IB English exam may receive credit for WR 121 and WR 122.

Standard Writing Placement

Score Standard Writing Placement
SAT Critical Reading: 470 or below
ACT English: 18 or below
WR 121 (With option to co-enroll in tutorial course WR 195)
SAT Critical Reading: 480-700
ACT English: 19-31
WR 121
SAT Critical Reading: 710 or above
ACT English: 32 or above
WR 122 or 123

Advanced Writing Placement

Test Score Advanced Writing Placement
AP Language and Composition 3, 4, 5 WR 122 or 123 (Exempt from WR 121)
IB English A (Higher level exam) 5 Writing requirement completed

Note: Clark Honors College students satisfy the writing requirement as part of the honors college curriculum

See also:

Writing Placement

Mathematics Placement

Placement tests are designed to assess your skills and recommend the math or language class that you’re ready to take – classes that are challenging but manageable.

All freshmen are expected to take a math placement test prior to attending orientation to assess your current readiness for college-level math. Additionally, your placement scores provide academic advisors with the most up-to-date information prior to your first advising appointment.

Mathematics placement testing is available online. Before you take a placement test, please claim your Duck ID. After 24 hours, your placement test will be ready for you.

After you complete the online mathematics placement test, allow two business days for your scores to appear in Duckweb. Follow these Duckweb links to see your scores:

Student Menu > Records & Registration > View Placement Test Scores

When viewing your scores in DuckWeb, use the chart below to determine your placement level:

Placement Score: Equivalent Course Completed Students should register for:
5 High school MATH 070
15 MATH 070 MATH 095
20 MATH 095 MATH 105, 106, 107, 111 or 243
25 MATH 111 MATH 112, 241 or 243
35 MATH 112 MATH 231, 251 or 246

See also:

Mathematics Placement

Second Language Placement

Students with qualifying scores on the Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or CLEP languages exams do not need to take a placement test.

See also:

Second Language Placement

AEIS - Academic English for International Students

Students whose native language is not English must supply results of a standardized language-proficiency test, showing a minimum score from one of the following tests:

Test Score
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) 500 (paper-based test), 61 (Internet-based test)
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 6.0

With some exceptions, international students must take an English language placement test after arriving at the university. Placement test results determine whether students are required to take language support courses in the Academic English for International Students (AEIS) program. Students placed in AEIS courses also concurrently enroll in regular university credit courses.

More information about placement testing can be found at the University Counseling & Testing Center and in the Orientation Workbook.

Student Guide to UO Placement Test Scores

Code Placement Test Description Score Range Score details
AEOR AEIS Listen/Oral Comprehension 05-15 • 05 = AEIS 101, 102 required
• 10 = AEIS 102 required
• 15 = no listening courses required
AERE AEIS Reading Comprehension 05-15 • 05 = AEIS 107 required
• 10 = AEIS 108 required
• 15 = no reading courses required
AEWR AEIS Writing Placement 05-20 • 05 = AEIS 110, 111, 112 required
• 10 = AEIS 111, 112 required
• 15 = AEIS 112 required
• 20 = no writing courses required
M 111 Math 111 Readiness Quiz 00-10 • 01 through 05 = Not ready for Math 111; review high school algebra
• 06 = May not be ready for Math 111; review high school algebra
• 07 through 10 = Has potential to succeed in Math 111
MATH UO Math Placement Test 00-45 • 05 = ready for MATH 070
• 15 = ready for MATH 095
• 20 = ready for MATH 105, 106, 107, 111, 243
• 25 = ready for MATH 112, 241
• 35 = ready for MATH 231, 246, 251
FR French Lang placement through 00-205 • 101 = ready for FR 102
• 102 = ready for FR 103
• 103 = ready for FR 201
• 110 = ready for FR 111
• 203 = ready for most 300-level FR courses
GER German Lang placement through 00-205 • 101 = ready for GER 102
• 102 = ready for GER 103
• 103 = ready for GER 201 or 204
• 201 = ready for GER 202
• 202 = ready for GER 203
• 203 = ready for most 300-level GER courses
SPAN Spanish Lang placement through 00-205 • 103 = ready for SPAN 201
• 110 = ready for SPAN 111
• 203 = ready for most 300-level SPAN courses