Placement Tests and English Portfolio

Miami requires placement tests in Math and Foreign Language for most incoming students.  Placement tests help you and your adviser determine the appropriate classes for you to take; you will not receive academic credit for placement tests. 

All new students, including those admitted to the University Honors Program, are required to take the math and foreign language placement tests as soon as possible after accepting the offer of admission at Miami.  If you plan to start a new foreign language at Miami, you do not need to take a placement test in order to start at the introductory level of a language.

Placement Tests for New Domestic Students

Take placement tests online through the links below. These tests are very important and deserve your careful attention. If you do not complete placement tests at least one week before the start of your orientation session, your course registration will likely be disrupted.

These tests are diagnostic tools that help determine course placement in specific areas, which may also affect access to related courses (e.g., math placement affects course registration in Chemistry, Economics, etc.). Tests do not award academic credit.

  • Math test: all new students must take this test.
  • Foreign language tests: placement tests are offered for French, German, Latin, Russian, and Spanish (placement guides are available for most additional languages offered). If you are planning (or are required) to study a foreign language, you should take a placement test in every language you've previously studied-even if you are considering starting a new language. You are required to study a foreign language if: your major is in the College of Arts & Science, you are majoring in Teacher Education with a foreign language emphasis, or you have a major in the College of Creative Arts that requires a foreign language.

If you have questions about the placement tests, please contact the advising office for the college of your major.  College of Arts & Science: 513-529-3031; College of Creative Arts: 513-529-2209; College of Education, Health and Society: 513-529-6317; College of Engineering and Computing: 513-529-0700; Farmer School of Business: 513-529-1712.

Upon completion of each placement test, print your score or record it in a safe place. Bring your placement test results with you to orientation, as you may need to refer to your scores during orientation.  Once again - taking placement tests at least one week prior to your orientation is crucial.  If you do not take placement tests at least one week prior to your orientation, your course fall registration will be disrupted.  There is no convenient time during orientation to take placement tests, so it is imperative that you take the placement tests prior to your orientation session.

Placement Tests for New International Students

International students need only take the math placement test (via the link below).

Placement Test Links

Math Placement Test and Test Results: www.miamioh.edu/mstest

Foreign Language Placement Test and Test Results: www.miamioh.edu/fltest

To access your test results once you have taken the tests, click on the links above for the appropriate test and log back in to the myMiami portal with your Unique ID and password. 

NOTE: The math placement test above is for students on Miami's Oxford campus.  Students who attend Miami's regional campuses should contact the Office of Tutoring & Learning for placement test instructions, and ELC (English Language Center) students should contact mumelc@miamioh.edu.

English Portfolio

New students can also submit a portfolio of writing samples to earn up to 6 credit hours for Miami English requirements. New students should submit portfolios in May and June, and the Miami English Department will communicate results in July.  For more information, please see the English Portfolio website.