U-M requires and recommends several placement exams. Most of these can be taken online prior to Orientation. It's important that you take placement exams and try to do as well as possible, but know that the results don't impact your GPA and are not reported on your transcript. In some cases, doing well on the U-M Placement Exam will exempt you from a course or a requirement or give you the opportunity to earn additional credits.
The Office of New Student Programs website will give you information about how, where, and why to take exams. This page will help you understand the results of these exams. During Orientation, an advisor can also help you understand your exam results.
Chemistry Placement Exam results will suggest that you start with either CHEM 130 (General Chemistry) or CHEM 210 (Organic Chemistry). The majority of students are recommended to start with CHEM 130.
The Mathematics Placement Exam results will suggest that you start with either MATH 105 (Data, Functions, and Graphs) or it will say you're ready for "Calculus or beyond."
The Language Placement Exams will advise you to take a certain level of language. You must follow this placement unless you discuss an exception with a language department advisor. It is possible to place past the fourth semester of language and thus meet the LSA foreign language requirement, though some departments may require additional testing or validation.
UWrite is intended to guide you in choosing a First Year Writing course at the University that fits your interests and needs.
It is important to discuss your AP and IB exams (or any other test credit you may have) with your general advisor during Orientation, as it may impact which classes you should take.