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UH Hilo Placement Assessments

NOTE: Students with questions about whether they need to take Placement Assessments or which Assessments they need to take should contact the academic department of their declared major or the UH Hilo Advising Center for assistance (808-932-7776).

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.

Find out what Placement Assessments you may need to take, based on your major.

Students are expected to maintain academic integrity in compliance with the UH Hilo Student Conduct Code while taking all online and in person placement assessments.

UH Hilo Writing Placement Assessment

Beginning Fall 2011, students' SAT-W score or ACT score will be used for placement into ENG 100H, ENG 100 or ENG 100T.

You must take the UH Hilo Writing Placement Assessment If:

  • your first language is not English
  • you are a native speaking student but do not possess an SAT or ACT score
  • you have not yet earned credit for ENG 100
  • you have not been awarded the equivalent of ENG 100 through a transfer credit evaluation from the UH Hilo Admissions Office

Please see the Writing Placement Assessment page for more information and to register for this exam.

UH Hilo Math Placement Assessment

Students should take the Math Placement Assessment if they are majoring in, or possibly 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.

A student may take the UH Hilo Math Placement Assessment only once*. The exam is a two-hour timed exam. More details about this assessment are provided on the Math Placement Assessment website.

*A student who believes s/he is misplaced must contact the Math Department Chair.

The UH Hilo Math Placement Assessment is not required to register for MATH 100, MATH 107, MATH 111, or MATH 121.

Students who have already taken the assessment can view their placement recommendation at any time by logging back into the assessment site.

Your score is not automatically entered to your student record. The Kilohana Natural Sciences Coordinator will enter the scores in the order it is received according to the following schedule Monday through Friday (excluding holidays):

1. If you take the assessment between 3:00 pm on a Monday through 9:00 am on a Thursday your score will be entered on to your student record no later than 4:00 pm Thursday.

2. If you take the assessment between 3:00 pm on a Thursday through 9:00 am on a Monday your score will be entered on to your student record no later than 4:00 pm Monday.

*If Monday or Thursday is a holiday the scores will be entered on to your student record as soon as possible after the holiday.

**Scores are entered Monday through Friday (once daily; excluding holidays) during Orientation week and Early Advising/Early Registration week during each regular semester.

After your score is entered on to your student record you can register for the course you are placed into. Taking your assessment early is strongly advised to allow the Coordinator time to enter your score on to your student record.

UH Hilo 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 151-151L or CHEM 161-161L if they have not taken the assessment.

A student may take the UH Hilo Chemistry Placement only once during a semester. The exam is a one-hour timed exam. More details about this Assessment are provided on the Chemistry Placement Assessment website.

Students who have already taken the assessment can view their placement score at any time by logging back into the assessment site on Laulima.

Your score is not automatically entered on to your student record. The Kilohana Natural Sciences Coordinator will enter the scores in the order it is received according to the following schedule Monday through Friday (excluding holidays):

1. If you take the assessment between 3:00 pm on a Monday through 9:00 am on a Thursday your score will be entered on to your student record no later than 4:00 pm Thursday.

2. If you take the assessment between 3:00 pm on a Thursday through 9:00 am on a Monday your score will be entered on to your student record no later than 4:00 pm Monday.

*If Monday or Thursday is a holiday the scores will be entered on to your student record as soon as possible after the holiday.

**Scores will be entered on to student records Monday through Friday (once daily; excluding holidays) during Orientation week and Early Advising/Early Registration week during each regular semester.

After your score is entered on to your student record you can register for the course you are placed into. Taking your assessment early is strongly advised to allow the Coordinator time to enter your score on to your student record.

Details regarding the following UH Hilo Placement Assessments can be obtained by following the links to those Assessment websites. Questions about these Assessments must be directed to the appropriate contacts listed on these websites.

UH Hilo 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.

UH Hilo 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.

UH Hilo 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 web page