2003 - 2004
What is 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 courses commonly taken by incoming students require placement. They include:
Who needs to check placement requirements for these courses?
1. English Composition. Every freshman, since General Education has a composition requirement that all students complete.
2. Calculus and Chemistry. Does your major require these courses? Are you premed or a prehealth or an engineering major? Do you wish to take courses in an area that requires these courses? You also should check the eight-semester sequence for each major in the college section of this catalog.
3. College level foreign language is required by two colleges: Liberal Arts and Sciences has a proficiency requirement; students in Journalism may choose language proficiency as an option.
What are placement requirements for each of these areas?
1. English Composition.
Note: You may already have completed the General Education composition requirement if you have scores from these examinations.
2. Calculus 1 (MAC 2233 and MAC 2311) www.math.ufl.edu/courses/advising
The Mathematics Department offers two calculus courses: MAC 2233 (Survey of Calculus 1) and MAC 2311 (Analytical Geometry and Calculus 1). To find out if you need a Calculus 1 course (and which course is required for your intended major), check the semester-by-semester plan for your major in this catalog.
Students with the following backgrounds can enroll directly in a Calculus 1 course (and do not need to complete the Calculus Readiness Assessment).
For students who need to enroll in MAC 2233:
For students who need to enroll in MAC 2311:
ALL OTHER students (freshmen and transfers) who plan to take a Calculus 1 course are required to complete the On-line Readiness Assessment BEFORE attending Preview or orientation. You can find the Calculus Readiness Assessment on the ISIS homepage (www.isis.ufl.edu, click on "Calculus Readiness Assessment."). Students will be advised about selecting an appropriate mathematics course based on their Calculus Readiness Assessment (or SAT II score) along with other factors such as high school math background and SAT or ACT quantitative scores. The sole purpose of the assessment is to help students and advisers plan a course of study that will optimize each studentís likelihood of success in calculus. The assessment score will NOT become a permanent record on a studentís transcript.
Although a low assessment score will not prevent a student from registering for calculus, students who enroll in a course beyond that indicated by their assessment results are much more likely to withdraw from the course or earn below a C grade. The Mathematics Department strongly urges students to heed the recommendation of their adviser.
3. General Chemistry
The general chemistry sequences meet the pre-professional requirements for a broad range of science and engineering majors. General chemistry presumes students have a functional command of high school chemistry and algebra 2.
The general chemistry sequence is CHM2045 and 2045L; 2046 and 2046L. Students are given the option of enrolling in CHM 1025, Introduction to Chemistry, to prepare for CHM2045, General Chemistry. Students who enroll in, and successfully complete, CHM 1025 may enroll in CHM 2045 the next semester. To assess their background and determine whether to take CHM 1025 or CHM 2045:
Although a low assessment score will not prevent a student from registering for CHM 2045, General Chemistry, students who enroll in a course beyond that indicated by their ChRA assessment results are much more likely to withdraw from the course or earn below a C grade. The Chemistry Department strongly urges students to heed the placement recommendations.
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:
4. Foreign Languages: French, German, Latin, Spanish
Students who previously have studied one of these languages and 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 AICE, AP, IB or CLEP scores for that subject). Consult the charts that follow to determine placement based on SAT II, AP, IB or CLEP scores.
In general, language placement is determined by a combination of placement scores and high school background in the language.
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