Michigan Tech’s course-placement guidelines insure that your student is placed in courses appropriate for their level of academic ability and experience. The initial course schedule for incoming students is designed using these course placement requirements.
Math placement is determined by your student’s math ACT or SAT score. If your student does not have a test score, or if they wish to challenge their math placement, they may take the online Math Placement Test. There are also guidelines in place to help your student select the appropriate chemistry course. If your student plans to continue foreign language study at Michigan Tech, they will need to take the Modern Language Placement Test. If your student has computer programming experience, they may wish to take the online Computer Science Placement Test. In addition, all engineering students will take the Spatial Visualization Test during Orientation.
Students who have taken Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), or College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) courses during high school may be able to receive credit for Michigan Tech courses and/or get placed into a higher-level course, depending upon the score earned on these exams. Once exam scores are reported to Michigan Tech from the testing agency, first-year student schedules are reviewed and adjusted accordingly to reflect any credit awarded. If your student did not include Michigan Tech in the list of institutions to report scores to at the time of the test, they need to contact the testing agency to have the scores sent to Tech.
Transfer credit for dual-enrollment courses taken at another college or university may be applied toward a student’s degree only after Michigan Tech receives the student’s official transcript from the institution.