Placement Assessments

Writing Placement Assessment

This assessment is used to place students into ENG 100 or 100T, the Written Communication requirement at UH Hilo. Students who have not taken the SAT or ACT, please take the online Writing Placement Assessment.

The assessment is not required for students who have submitted SAT or ACT scores to Admissions, students who've earned college credit for ENG 100 or ESL 100, and/or students who scored a 4 or 5 on the AP Language and Composition or AP Literature and Composition exam.

Mathematics Placement Assessment


  • You can only take this assessment once.
  • Chemistry 161 requires a math placement into MATH 140 or higher.
  • General-Undeclared students are advised to follow placement recommendations for majors they are interested in pursuing.
  • The Mathematics Department does not currently accept COMPASS, ACCUPLACER, or placement exam scores from other institutions.
Major Degree Math
Accounting BBA-ACC Math
Administration of Justice BA-ADJ
Agriculture BS-AG Math
Anthropology BA-ANTH
Astronomy BS-ASTR Math
Biology BA/BS-BIOL Math
Business Administration BBA-GBUS Math
Chemistry BA-CHEM Math
Communication BA-COM
Computer Science BS-CSCI Math
English BA-ENG
Environmental Science BS-ENSC Math
Exploratory Health Sciences BA-EXHS
Gender and Women's Studies BA-GWS
Geography BA-GEOG
Geology BA/BS-GEOL Math
Hawaiian Studies BA-HWST
History BA-HIST
Japanese Studies BA-JPST
Kinesiology and Exercise Sciences BA-KES Math
Linguistics BA-LING
Marine Science BA/BS-MARE Math
Mathematics BA-MATH Math
Natural Science BA-NSCI Math
Nursing BS-NURS
Performing Arts BA-PART
Philosophy BA-PHIL
Physics BA-PHYS Math
Political Science BA-POLS
Psychology BA-PSY
Sociology BA-SOC

Interest Areas

Students who have a specific interest area may wish to take the Math Placement Assessment, regardless of selected academic major.

Interest Area Common Majors Math
Pre-Medicine BA/BS-BIOL, BS-CHEM Math
Pre-Pharmacy BA/BS-BIOL, BS-CHEM Math
Pre-Veterinary BA-AG, BA/BS-BIOL Math

Language Placement Assessments

Students who have previously studied, or have previous knowledge of, Japanese or Hawaiian language should inquire about the appropriate placement assessment if interested in by-passing first year language courses:

  • Hawaiian Language Placement Assessment

    • Kau hāʻulelau 2022: Inā he haumāna kaiapuni ʻoe a i ʻole ua komo mua ʻoe i nā papa ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi, e kāinoa no a hana i ka Hōʻike Ana Mākaukau ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi i ʻike ʻoe i kāu papa ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi kūpono mua ma Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani. Aia ana ka hōʻike ma ka lā 10 o ʻAukake (P3), ma ka hola 9:00a. Kāinoa.

      • Fall 2022: If you are a Hawaiian immersion student or you have taken Hawaiian language courses prior to UH Hilo and would like to enroll in ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi beyond KHAW 103, please register for the Hawaiian Language Placement Assessment. The assessment will be held on Wednesday, August 10, 9:00am. Registration required.
  • Japanese Language Placement Assessment