NMU works hard to place students in courses that are appropriate for their skill levels. Some decisions are based on admission data while others are based on test scores. Read the information below to learn more about placement and placement exams.  Click here to read more about NMU's test-fee (test-blind) admission policy. This policy is now in effect and starts with winter 2021 and for all future semesters.  https://nmu.edu/admissions/frequently-asked-questions-about-nmus-test-blind-policy 


Math Placement

Students will be placed into appropriate math and major courses based on their SAT or ACT math subscore. If a student has not submitted SAT or ACT scores, they will be contacted by their assigned academic adviser to complete further testing that will allow them to be in the courses that they need. More information about your specific placement or further testing will be provided during orientation. If you have questions about math placement, please contact the Academic and Career Advisement Center at 906-227-2971 or acac@nmu.edu.

English Placement

Students admitted to NMU on a conditional/probationary basis (Freshman Probation), will take the Accuplacer and DRP placement tests to determine which course(s) is/are most appropriate.  These tests must be completed in order to schedule courses. These placement tests will now be administered and proctored virtually. 

Students that have been admitted as Restricted to a particular program (primarily certificates programs), will take the Accuplacer and DRP placement tests, if their program requires it.  Certain restricted programs do not require placement tests. 

Mark Dellangelo, from the Academic and Career Advicement Center, will be in contact with students who need this placement. If you have questions about the placement procedure for English, please contact Mark Dellangelo at 906-227-2283 or e-mail mdellang@nmu.edu.

Language Placement

Students who are interested in taking a foreign language course at NMU and have taken a foreign language course prior to attending NMU should take the 15-20 minute online placement exam. Students will learn about this particular placement test during online orientation, but are also welcome to take the placement before orientation, too, by clicking the blue link in the previous sentence.

If you are placed into a 102 or higher language course, call the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at 906-227-2940 or e-mail mll@nmu.edu to get information about how to register for the appropriate course.  

Nursing Chemistry Readiness Test

Students who will be applying for the Baccalaureate Nursing Major (BSN) and do not have any prior college credit in Chemistry will need to take the Nursing Chemistry Readiness Test.  Students will learn more about this test during their Orientation Zoom session. For additional information please visit the Nursing Chemistry Placement webpage.


Disability Services provides appropriate and reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities so they may have an equal educational opportunity.  Service and assistance is provided to enrolled students who are permanently or temporarily disabled. If you require accommodations for any placement testing please contact Disability Services prior to Orientation at 906-227-1700.