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

Prior to attending orientation, students will be contacted by the NMU Orientation office with information on how to complete the ALEKS Math Placement test. This test will be online and unproctored, and will potentially allow students to be in the courses that they may need for their major. More information about your specific placement or additional testing opportunities will be provided by your adviser during orientation. If you have questions about math placement, please contact the Student Success Department at 906-227-2971 or success@nmu.edu.

English Placement

Students admitted to NMU on a conditional basis, will take the Degree of Reading Power (DRP) placement test.  This test must be completed in order to finalize your schedule. The placement test will be administered 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. 

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 green 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 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.