As a part of TAMS Summer Orientation, incoming students have the opportunity to take placement tests in chemistry and mathematics in order to ensure that their Fall enrollment reflects students’ knowledge and abilities. Students interested in taking Honors General Chemistry can take the chemistry placement test; students who did not take a chemistry course at their previous high school and/or students who do not wish to take Honors chemistry should not take the chemistry placement test. Both General Chemistry and Honors General Chemistry satisfy requirements for degrees in biology and chemistry, as well as the prerequisites for graduate programs in medicine and other health care fields. (Note: Student who do not wish to take the chemistry placement test must notify Cynthia.Hoffman@unt.edu by May 26th, 2023.)
Likewise, students have the option to take at least one math placement test, the first of which will determine whether or not a student is enrolled in Precalculus or Calculus 1. Students who have not taken a high school precalculus course should NOT take the math placement test, and most students who only completed a high school precalculus course should NOT expect to place into Calculus 1. University math courses taught by university faculty are very different from high school courses, so students should NOT think they are re-taking a course. The second math placement test is for students who think they possess knowledge and skills that will allow them to enroll in Calculus 2; qualified students who do not place into Calculus 2 will likely be enrolled in Calculus 1. Students who score well enough on the second math placement test may be invited to take a third math placement test to see if they qualify to enroll in math courses above Calculus II.
All placement exams will be taken online in a secure environment, and tests are scored and analyzed by UNT faculty from the chemistry and mathematics departments, who then inform TAMS of students’ placement results. Students are not permitted to use calculators of any kind during the math placement tests.
Summer Orientation 2023 Testing Schedule
- Precalculus/Calculus I placement test = Tuesday, May 30th, 9:30-11:00 a.m.
- Calculus I/Calculus II placement test = Tuesday, May 30th, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
- Calculus III or higher placement test = Eligible students will be invited based on scores from the first two math placement tests.
- Chemistry/Honors Chemistry placement test = Wednesday, May 31st, 10:00-11:50 a.m. (Non-programmable calculator permitted)
**Students who do not take placement tests will be enrolled in Precalculus and General Chemistry 1. Only in rare circumstances will TAMS offer “make up” test dates for students who miss the scheduled placement tests. Students must contact Eric.Gruver@unt.edu directly.
**TAMS/UNT does not consider courses a student completed in high school or via dual credit or correspondence when determining a student’s enrollment in math and chemistry. Student learning and success is paramount, so we do not want to enroll a student in a course for which the student is unprepared. TAMS may re-consider a student’s math placement if a student receives a score of 5 on the AP Calculus AB or BC exam; see the TAMS FAQs for additional information.