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Placement Exams

Students must take placement exams in order to register for some classes. A list of placement exams students may need to take is available online at the Kilohana website

Writing Placement Exam

Students who do not have an SAT or ACT writing score and have not completed freshman composition/expository writing or the equivalent before coming to UH Hilo must take the Writing Placement Exam.  Results of the exam are posted online in time for students to register for the current or following semester. Registration and result retrieval are available on the WPE webpage

English Proficiency Exam

All non-native speakers of English must take the English Proficiency Test, given on the first day of advising week each semester. Depending upon their performance in the EPT, students may be required to complete specific courses at the English Language Institute on campus. For details, visit the ELI website.

Math Placement Exam

Students who wish to take MATH 125, MATH 135, MATH 140, MATH 140X, or MATH 241 and who have not met the prerequisites with college-level coursework or the Hawaiʻi High School Algebra Exit Exam must take the Online Math Placement Exam, available throughout the academic year. Results are given to students immediately in the form of recommendations for specific math courses. View more information about the Math Placement Exam at the Kilohana website.

Chemistry Placement Exam

Students must take the Online Chemistry Placement Exam, available throughout the academic year, in order to register for CHEM 161 or CHEM 161L.  For more information, visit the Kilohana website.

Additional information about these tests appears in the university catalog.

Reviewed July 2012 by AS.