Placement Test Instructions

Please note, these exams are not required for all students. Before you begin, please consult the email you received for information on which exams are required.

What Is a Placement Exam?

Placement exams are designed to provide information about your skillset. We will use your results to place you in the appropriate level of math, English, or Foreign Language. These tests are important to your success at Rutgers, so please take them seriously and do your best independent work. Doing so will ensure that you begin studying at the right level to succeed in your classes. Your academic advisor cannot develop your schedule until you complete all required placement exams.

Completing Your Exams

You will take your placement exams online through eLearning. You should take your exam in a quiet, distraction-free environment. You may only take the exam once, so be sure to start the exam when you are feeling your best.

To start your placement test, follow the steps below:

  1. Activate your NetID and password ASAP: 
    You will need your Rutgers NetID and password to access your exam as well as many of the Rutgers sites you will use during your academic career. After you activate your NetID, you will have to wait 48 to 72 business hours before taking your placement exam.
  2. Review the Placement Exam Guide: CLICK HERE
    The Placement Exam Guide contains detailed information about completing your exam, summaries of the topics you will be tested on, and practice questions for each section. You should review the guide thoroughly before beginning your exam.
  3. Take Your Exam Online:
  • Math: CLICK HERE
    You will have a total of 2 hours to complete the Math Placement Exam. This time will be divided into three multiple-choice sections: 30 minutes for Computation, 30 minutes for Elementary Algebra, and 60 minutes for Pre-Calculus. To learn more about what to expect from each section, please visit the Placement Exam Guide above in Step 2.
  • English: CLICK HERE
    You will have a total of 90 minutes (an hour and a half) to complete the English Placement Exam. This time will be divided into three sections: 20 minutes for the Essay, 35 minutes for Reading Comprehension, and 30 minutes for the Sentence Sense portion. To learn more about what to expect from each section, please visit the Placement Exam Guide above in Step 2.
  • Foreign Language: CLICK HERE
    You will have a total of 1 hour to complete the Foreign Language Placement Exam. Students at the Rutgers–Camden Campus may choose from the following languages: Spanish, French, or German.
  1. View your results in Degree Navigator:

Your placement results will appear in Degree Navigator (DN) approximately one week after you complete your exam. For step-by-step instructions, please click here.

Additional Placement Exam Information

For additional placement test information, review the below hyperlink:

Placement Test Requirements

Exam Accommodations

An exam accommodation refers to any approved accomodations that relate to how a student takes their exam. If you have received exam accommodations in the past or wish to apply, please visit the Office of Disability Services Office here for more information.