Students may be required to take one or more placement assessments depending on their chosen major, their previous academic history, and other factors. Students who may require accommodations for any of these assessments should contact the University Disability Services office before taking the assessment.
Writing Placement Assessment
Beginning Fall 2011, students' SAT-W score or ACT score will be used for placement into ENG 100 or 100T. If you do not have an SAT or ACT score and you have not yet earned credit for ENG 100 (or the equivalent), you will need to take the Writing Placement Assessment before you can register for ENG 100 or 100T.
Math Placement Assessment
Students should take the Math Placement Assessment if they are majoring in, or possible majoring in, Agriculture, Business, Psychology or any science and do not have transferable pre-requisite math credits from another college or university; math placement scores from UH community colleges will be honored. The Math Placement Assessment is not required to register for MATH 100, 107, 111, or 121. Students who have already taken the assessment can view their placement recommendation at any time by logging back into the assessment site.
Chemistry Placement Assessment
Students should take the Chemistry Placement Assessment if they are majoring in, or possibly majoring in, Agriculture or any science, as they will not be able to register for CHEM 114 or 124 if they have not taken the assessment. Students who have already taken the assessment can view their placement score at any time by logging back into the assessment site on Laulima.
English Language Placement Assessment
Students who are non-native speakers of English entering UH Hilo for the first time must take both parts of this on-site assessment (it is not available online). Please bring photo I.D. Students may be eligible for a waiver if they meet certain requirements; a detailed description of waiver eligibility and the sign-up form can be found on the English Language Placement Assessment web page.
Hawaiian Language Placement Assessment
Students who have previous studied Hawaiian language and believe they may be prepared for coursework beyond introductory Hawaiian 101 should take this assessment. To learn more, contact Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani (the College of Hawaiian Language) at (808) 932-7414 .
Japanese Language Placement Assessment
Students with previous knowledge of Japanese language are required to take a placement assessment before they register for any JPNS language course. The JPNS 101 course is the only course that is intended for students who have no experience in the language. Detailed information can be found on the Japanese Language Placement Assessment webpage