Placement Exams - NIU - Testing Services

Student Testing and Exams

Placement Exams

Placement exams are required of select new students to help students and advisors choose courses that correspond to their levels of achievement. Placement exams must be taken prior to registration for first semester courses and are taken only once. Students cannot test on their orientation date. Students must register for placement exams online through the Testing Services office. 

NIU offers placement exams at the DeKalb campus in chemistry, foreign language and mathematics. Exams are determined by a student's course enrollment plan. For example, a student is required to take the Chemistry Placement Exam if they plan to enroll in CHEM 210 and CHEM 212.

The NIU Math Placement Exam is required of students pursuing particular academic majors. Refer to the New Student Testing Brochure to determine if you need to take this exam. This exam may be taken on NIU's DeKalb, IL main campus as a paper/pencil exam. Refer to the Current Testing Schedule for on campus test dates and locations. Students who must take the math placement exam have the option to take the Math Accuplacer exam offered at several community colleges.

Exam Information Sheets (PDF)

For detailed information about exam and course requirements, review the New Student Testing Brochure.

Exam Score Interpretation Sheets