Some departments require that you pass a placement exam before you may enroll in a particular course. Others have policies that determine which course you will be placed into. Please refer to the department or area below for more information. A picture ID card is required at all placement exams.
- Chemistry (CHEM 161)
- East Asian Languages (Chinese, Japanese, Korean)
- European Languages (French, German, Spanish)
- Hawaiian Language
- Indo-Pacific Languages (Filipino, Ilokano)
- Mathematics (MATH 140, 203, 215, 241)
- Physics 151
- Foundations-Written Communication (FW) Placement (ENG 100, 100A, 190 & ELI 073, 100)
- English Language Institute (Students Whose Native Language is Not English)
Students who wish to enroll in CHEM 161 (General Chemistry I) must first pass the Prechemistry Assessment exam.
See the Chemistry Department's website http://www.manoa.hawaii.edu/chem for schedule information. Students are allowed to take the exam twice per semester but not on the same day.
Students may be waived from taking the Prechemistry Assessment for CHEM 161 if they received a grade of "C" (not "C-") in CHEM 131 or 151. Contact the Chemistry Department for an approval override code at 956-7480 or email email@example.com.
Doing well in CHEM 161 depends on, among other things, a thorough understanding of all prerequisite material. Passing the Prechemistry Assessment should not by itself be regarded as a guarantee of success.
Students with no prior Chinese, Japanese or Korean language experience should enroll in CHN, JPN or KOR 101 (or 111). If your language proficiency is judged to be beyond the 101-level on the first day of class, you will be placed in a higher level course. Students who are placed in 102 or a higher level may complete the language requirement faster and also earn back credits. Visit the Manoa back credit policy at http://www.hawaii.edu/gened/HSL/Guidelines2010.pdf. Students starting from 101 will receive no back credits. A placement adjustment made in the first week of class does not guarantee a seat in the course appropriate for the student.
Students with prior experience in the language (i.e., formal classroom training, residence in the country of its use, cohabitation with a native speaker, etc.) are required to take a placement test.
Currently enrolled students: Placement exams will be given on a walk-in basis between 8:00 am to 2:30 pm from November 26 to December 14. To register for an exam, contact Duane Henry (Moore 378; firstname.lastname@example.org).
Spring 2013 incoming students: Walk-in exams will be offered throughout the day on January 2, 3 and 4. Report to Moore 378 between 8:00 am and 2:30 pm on any of those dates. If you are unable to attend any of these sessions, contact Duane Henry (Moore 378; email@example.com).
Incoming Mānoa Students
Walk-In Exam Times (no reservation necessary)
|January 2||8:00 am - 2:30 pm (exam will take about one hour)||Moore 378|
|January 3||8:00 am - 2:30 pm (exam will take about one hour)||Moore 378|
|January 4||8:00 am - 2:30 pm (exam will take about one hour)||Moore 378|
For more information about other European Languages, call the Department of Languages and Literatures of Europe and the Americas at 956-4187.
Continuing UH system French students may continue on to the next course.
Students with no prior French language experience should enroll in FR 101.
If you have prior French language experience (i.e., high school instruction, residence in a French speaking country, live with native speakers, etc.), you are encouraged to take the placement exam, except those students with college credit for French classes.
Registration is not required; test is given on a walk-in basis as space permits. Please arrive on time.
|November 14||1:30 pm - 2:30 pm||Moore 207|
|November 15||10:30 am - 11:30 am||Moore 465|
|January 4||10:00 am - 11:00 am||Moore 151|
For more information or if you are not able to attend the placement exam at the times noted, contact Jacob Huss (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Students with no prior German language experience should enroll in GER 101. Anyone wanting to enroll in GER 101 may do so without consent.
Native or near-native speakers do not need a placement exam and may enroll in any 400-level course after receiving an approval from Moore 464 (956-4187). If there are no 400-level courses being offered, please wait until the next semester. A 400-level course is normally offered once a year.
Non-native speakers of German with prior experience (i.e., high school or college instruction, residence in a German-speaking country or household) who need assistance with placement in a course above GER 101 should take the placement exam at one of the times listed below.
Registration is not required; test is given on a walk-in basis as space permits. Please arrive on time. The test takes approximately 30 minutes. Results are given upon completion of the test.
|December 3||1:30 pm - 2:30 pm||Moore 459|
|January 3||10:00 am - 11:00 am||Moore 459|
|January 9||1:30 pm - 2:30 pm||Moore 459|
For more information, contact Anna Hawajska-Waters (email@example.com).
Continuing UH system Spanish students should continue on to the next course (see Spanish Division for assistance).
Students with no prior Spanish experience may enroll in SPAN 101. Students with prior Spanish experience of any kind (i.e., high school instruction, contact with native speakers, etc.) must take the placement exam. (See schedule below.)
PLACEMENT EXAM: First come, first served. No reservations. Please arrive on time. Photo ID required. The test is free and takes 15 - 20 minutes. Results are given upon completion of the test.
For information on receiving back credits visit http://www.hawaii.edu/gened/HSL/Guidelines2010.pdf.
|November 19||2:30 pm - 3:20 pm||Moore 153|
|November 21||2:30 pm - 3:20 pm||Moore 153|
|November 26||2:30 pm - 3:20 pm||Moore 153|
|November 27||2:30 pm - 3:20 pm||Moore 153|
|January 3||1:30 pm - 2:20 pm||Moore 153|
|January 4||1:30 pm - 2:20 pm||Moore 153|
|January 7||1:30 pm - 2:20 pm||Moore 153|
|January 8||1:30 pm - 2:20 pm||Moore 153|
|January 9||1:30 pm - 2:20 pm||Moore 153|
|January 10||1:30 pm - 2:20 pm||Moore 153|
|January 11||1:30 pm - 2:20 pm||Moore 153|
Placement exam is required for students enrolling with prior Hawaiian language experience. If you have prior Hawaiian language experience (i.e., high school, Papa Kaiapuni, lived with native speakers, etc.), you must register to complete the Hawaiian Language Placement Exam in order to qualify for UH Mānoa back credits and/or waive credits.
Placement exam is recommended for students enrolling in advanced courses in Hawaiian language. We encourage students who have not been recently engaged in using Hawaiian frequently, to consider taking a placement exam if they are interested in taking advanced courses (300-400 level courses) in Hawaiian language. You must register for the exam.
Placement Exam Results
- Valid for One Year: The exam results are valid for one year from the date of exam. The results are final and cannot be appealed.
- Use of Results: For placement purposes into credit courses, the results of the exam are only valid at UH Mānoa. The results may or may not be valid or acceptable at other universities and community colleges.
- Results Reported: Allow four weeks after the exam for results to be reported. Unless otherwise requested, exam results will be emailed.
Take the Exam Early
Since results of the placement exam are used to place students into appropriate Hawaiian language levels and courses, it is to the student's advantage to take the exam well in advance of the UH Mānoa registration period. Test early!
Placement Exam Registration
Contact Dr. Kamuela KaʻAhanui, academic advisor (956-7637; firstname.lastname@example.org) to register for one of the following exam sessions (4 hours: read, write, speak, listen, record and reason). Only complete registration applications will be accepted. Space is limited. No walk-in registrations.
|Wednesday, November 7||12:30 pm - 4:30 pm||Moore 155B||October 31|
|Thursday, November 8||12:30 pm - 4:30 pm||Moore 155B||October 31|
* Please call 956-7637 or email email@example.com for future test dates.
Placement Exam is not required for:
Students Enrolling in HAW 101
You may enroll in HAW 101 with no prior consent or prerequisites. A placement exam is not required.
Continuing UH System Students
You may continue to enroll in the next Hawaiian language course for which you are eligible to meet your Hawaiian or second language requirements for your degree.
Students Enrolling with Prior College Credits in Hawaiian Language
If you have already earned equivalent college credits for Hawaiian language (i.e., 100 – 200 level courses at a community college or other accredited university with a C (not C-) grade or better) taking the placement exam is optional. However, the placement exam is strongly recommended if you are interested in taking advanced courses (300 - 400 level courses) in Hawaiian language.
For more information regarding the Hawaiian Language Placement Exam, including questions from non-UH system students, please visit http://manoa.hawaii.edu/olelo/ or contact Dr. Kamuela KaʻAhanui, academic advisor (956-7637; firstname.lastname@example.org).
Please call 956-8672 or email email@example.com to schedule a placement test for courses numbered above 101 for the following languages: Arabic, Cambodian, Chamorro, Hindi, Indonesian, Maori, Marshallese, Samoan, Sanskrit, Tahitian, Thai, Tongan, Urdu and Vietnamese.
Students with no prior Filipino language experience should enroll in FIL 101. Anyone wanting to enroll in FIL 101 may do so without consent.
If you have prior Filipino language experience (i.e., high school instruction, live with native speakers, etc.), you can take the placement exam to enroll in courses above FIL 101.
Contact Dr. Pia Arboleda (389-2561; firstname.lastname@example.org) to register for one of the following exam sessions at least two days before the exam date. Please arrive on time. The test is free.
|November 13||1:30 pm - 3:30 pm||Sakamaki A411|
|November 14||1:30 pm - 3:30 pm||Sakamaki A411|
|January 4||1:30 pm - 3:30 pm||Spalding 456|
|January 8||1:30 pm - 3:30 pm||Spalding 456|
Students with no prior Ilokano language experience should enroll in ILO 101. Anyone wanting to enroll in ILO 101 may do so without consent.
If you have prior Ilokano language experience (i.e., high school instruction, live with native speakers, etc.), you can take the placement exam to enroll in courses above ILO 101.
Contact Dr. Aurelio Agcaoili (956-8405; email@example.com) to register for one of the following exam sessions before the exam date. Please arrive on time. The test is free.
|November 19||10:00 am - 12:00 noon by appointment (allow 1 hour)||Spalding 455A|
|November 20||10:00 am - 12:00 noon by appointment (allow 1 hour)||Spalding 455A|
|November 21||10:00 am - 12:00 noon by appointment (allow 1 hour)||Spalding 455A|
|November 26||10:00 am - 12:00 noon by appointment (allow 1 hour)||Spalding 455A|
|November 27||10:00 am - 12:00 noon by appointment (allow 1 hour)||Spalding 455A|
|November 28||10:00 am - 12:00 noon by appointment (allow 1 hour)||Spalding 455A|
Students who wish to enroll in the following math courses must first pass the Math Assessment Exam.
- MATH 140, Precalculus
- MATH 203, Calculus for Business and Social Sciences
- MATH 215, Applied Calculus I
- MATH 241, Calculus I
- PHYS 151, College Physics I
Some students may be waived or exempt from taking the exam. See the Math Department’s website for more information and details on exemptions. If you have any questions, contact the Mathematics Department (956-4679 or 956-7951) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions about PHYS 151 and approval, contact the Physics Department at 956-7087 or email email@example.com.
MATHEMATICS ASSESSMENT EXAM
Registration can be done online by going to the Math Department's website beginning November 5. Students with reservations will be allowed in the exam room before the walk-ins.
|November 16||3:30 pm – 4:30 pm||Physical Science 208|
|November 16||4:30 pm – 5:20 pm||Physical Science 208|
|November 19||6:30 pm – 7:30 pm||Physical Science 208|
|November 19||7:30 pm – 8:20 pm||Physical Science 208|
|November 26||6:30 pm – 7:30 pm||Physical Science 208|
|November 28||2:30 pm – 3:30 pm||Physical Science 208|
|November 28||3:30 pm – 4:30 pm||Physical Science 208|
|November 28||6:30 pm – 7:30 pm||Physical Science 208|
|January 2||9:00 am – 10:00 am||Physical Science 208|
|January 2||10:00 am – 11:00 am||Physical Science 208|
|January 2||11:00 am – 12:00 noon||Physical Science 208|
|January 4||10:00 am – 11:00 am||Physical Science 208|
|January 4||11:00 am – 12:00 noon||Physical Science 208|
|January 8||6:00 pm – 7:00 pm||Physical Science 208|
|January 10||6:00 pm – 7:00 pm||Physical Science 208|
All music majors must report for advising (mandatory) every semester. Students planning to register for restricted music courses, variable credit music courses, or applied music courses, which require departmental approval, must obtain approval (and Course Reference Numbers for courses not shown on the Check Class Availability course listings) in-person during these dates from the appropriate Music Department personnel (advisor or chairperson).
Students enrolled in applied music courses will be assessed a fee of $55.00 per 1 credit and $90.00 per 2 or more credits.
|Advising for Continuing Classified Students:||November 13 to 30|
|Advising for Incoming Classified Students:||January 2 to 3|
For more information, contact the Music Department office (Music Building 3; 956-7756).
All students who wish to enroll in PHYS 151 must have a grade of "C" or better in MATH 140 (precalculus with trigonometry), or Math 215 or higher; OR have received a passing score on the Mathematics Department's Assessment Exam. Please see details for this exam in the "Mathematics" section of the placement exams and reserve a space at one of the scheduled test sessions. If you attain a qualifying score, you should be able to register for PHYS 151 approximately one business day after your Assessment Exam. For more information, contact the Physics Department (Watanabe 416; 956-7087; firstname.lastname@example.org).
IMPORTANT: Students must complete their FW requirement in their first year at UH Mānoa.
Placement into an FW course is determined as follows:
- Native speakers of English are placed into ENG 190 if they receive 25 or more transfer credits for their non-UH Mānoa courses. All other native English speakers are placed into ENG 100. ENG 100 students should visit http://www.hawaii.edu/gened/foundations_ENG100options.htm to choose the type of instruction that best suits their writing needs.
- Non-native speakers of English are placed based on ELI exemption criteria (if exempt), or by taking the ELI's writing placement test. Visit http://www.hawaii.edu/eli/ and select "Information for Students," then select "Who is Exempt from the ELI, and Who is Not Exempt?" for ELI exemption criteria.
- Those who are exempt from the ELI based on attending school for 6 years or more in the U.S., Australia, Canada (except Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom are placed as described in the "Native speakers of English" section, above. (Students who are exempt based on years of schooling but feel their writing is more non-native-like should contact the ELI.)
- Those who are exempt from the ELI based on other exemption criteria are placed into ELI 100.
- Those who do not meet any ELI exemption criteria must take the ELI's writing test. (Please see details in the next section.)
FW Exemption: All entering students whose test scores reflect significant academic achievement will be sent a letter inviting them to submit a collection of writing for possible credit for and exemption from ENG 100/ELI 100. Students who do not have test scores on file but who feel that they already possess the ability to write proficiently should contact the General Education Office (email@example.com) before the end of their first semester at UH Mānoa if they are interested in submitting a collection for review. Visit http://www.hawaii.edu/gened/foundations_FWcollection.htm and select "The Collection Option" for details.
All students who have English as a second language and do not meet ELI exemption criteria are required to take the ELI Placement Test for possible placement into listening/speaking, reading and writing courses. Visit the ELI website or the UH Mānoa Catalog for a list of ELI exemption criteria and more information about ELI courses.
Registration can be done online at http://www.hawaii.edu/eli/students/eliptreg.html or in-person at Moore 570.
|January 4||8:15 am - 1:00 pm||To Be Announced||January 3, 2:00 pm|
|January 9||4:45 pm - 9:30 pm||To Be Announced||January 9, 12:00 noon|