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2006-07 Undergraduate Catalog

Course Placement

Placement is an assessment of a studentís level of preparation in a subject. The purpose of placement is to help students enroll in the courses in which they are most likely to be successful. The following commonly taken courses require placement:


Who needs to review placement requirements for these courses?

English Composition - All students, unless they already have college credit for English Composition.

Calculus and General Chemistry - Students who intend to pursue a science or engineering major or who intend to go on to a health profession after completing the bachelorís degree probably need to take these courses. A number of business and technical majors require calculus. Students should check the information on each major to determine if calculus and/or general chemistry are required.

College-level foreign language is required by several programs: Liberal Arts and Sciences and the B.A. programs in Fine Arts have a proficiency requirement; students in Journalism and Communications may choose between foreign language proficiency or a quantitative option.

What are the placement requirements for each of these areas?

English Composition

Unless they already have college credit for English composition, students are placed based on their SAT or ACT verbal score.

  • Students with a 640 (or lower) on the verbal portion of the SAT and/or a 28 (or lower) on the verbal portion of the ACT must enroll in ENC 1101.
  • Students with a 650 (or higher) on the verbal portion of the SAT or a 29 (or higher) on the verbal portion of the ACT may enroll in any 1000/2000-level composition course beyond ENC 1101. These students should not enroll in ENC 1101.
  • Students with college credit for English Composition (from AICE, AP, CLEP, IB or dual enrollment) should consult an adviser to determine if additional courses are needed to meet degree requirements.

Calculus 1 (MAC 2233 and MAC 2311)

The Mathematics Department offers two Calculus 1 courses: MAC 2233 Survey of Calculus 1 and MAC 2311 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 1. To find out if a Calculus 1 course is required for a major, students should check the requirements for that major to determine which calculus course is required.

To assess their background and to determine which course to enroll in, students who want to take calculus must complete the Calculus Readiness Assessment (CRA).

The CRA is designed to determine whether a student has adequate background to be successful in calculus. Any student who has taken the CRA can register for Calculus 1 one business day after completing the online assessment.

Students with the following backgrounds do not need to complete the Calculus Readiness Assessment:

  • A score of 3, 4, or 5 on the AP Calculus AB or BC exam,
  • A score 6 or 7 on the IB Math Methods exam, or
  • A score of 4, 5, 6 or 7 on the IB Higher-level Mathematics exam.

Students who have received AP or IB credit for calculus must have those scores reported to UF to register for a calculus course. They should consult the Mathematics Department for information about continuing in the calculus sequence.

  • For students who need to enroll in MAC 2233, college credit for the following courses is also acceptable for placement into MAC 2233:
    • Credit with a grade of C or better in MAC 1147 (Pre-Calculus Algebra and Trigonometry) or
    • Credit with a C or better in MAC 1140 (Pre-Calculus Algebra).

  • For students who need to enroll in MAC 2311, college credit for the following courses is also acceptable for placement into MAC 2311:
    • Credit with a C or better in MAC 1147 (Pre-Calculus Algebra and Trigonometry) or
    • Credit with a C or better in both MAC 1140 (Pre-Calculus Algebra) and MAC 1114 (Trigonometry).

General Chemistry

The general chemistry sequence CHM 2045/2045L and CHM 2046/2046L meets the preprofessional requirements for a broad range of science and engineering majors. Students who enroll in general chemistry courses must have a functional command of high school chemistry and Algebra 2.

Students with weak backgrounds must enroll in CHM 1025, Introduction to Chemistry, to prepare for CHM 2045 General Chemistry. Students who enroll in and successfully complete CHM 1025 and either MAC 1140 or 1147 can enroll in CHM 2045 the next semester.

To assess their backgrounds and to determine whether to take CHM 1025 or CHM 2045, students must complete the Chemistry Readiness Assessment (ChRA).

  • Students must enroll in CHM 1025 if their scores are 5 or less on either the math portion or the chemistry portion of the ChRA.
  • Students may enroll in CHM 2045 if their scores are 6 or greater on both the math and chemistry portions of the ChRA. Students must also have credit for MAC 1140 or MAC 1147 to enroll in CHM 2045.

Passing AP and IB scores may also be used for placement. Students with AP or IB credit in chemistry should consult the course equivalency charts and then discuss their next chemistry course with an adviser.

Students wishing to enroll in CHM 2047, one semester General Chemistry, and the co-requisite CHM 2047L must meet all three of the following conditions:

  • AP or IB credit in chemistry or a very strong high school background in chemistry,
  • A high score on the AP, IB or SAT II chemistry test, and
  • Approval of the Honors Program office or the Chemistry Department.

Foreign Languages: French, German, Latin, Spanish

Students who have previous background in one of these languages and who wish to enroll in the same language at UF must demonstrate placement. Such students should take the SAT II placement exam for the appropriate language (unless the student has passing AICE, AP or IB scores for that subject). Students should consult the SAT II, AICE, AP or IB charts to determine placement based on their scores.

In general, language placement is determined by a combination of placement scores and high school background in the language.