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Advanced Placement

Students enrolled at the University of Utah who have achieved a minimum score of 3 in an accepted Advanced Placement (AP) examination in high school may be awarded credit. Students may be awarded up to eight semester hours of credit for yearlong courses and three semester hours of credit for half-year courses. Advanced Placement scores must be sent from College Board directly to the University of Utah.

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International Baccalaureate

Students enrolled at the University of Utah who have achieved a minimum score of 5 on higher level International Baccalaureate (IB) examinations may be awarded credit. Students may be awarded up to eight semester hours of university credit per course or 30 semester hours of credit for the completion of the International Baccalaureate Diploma. International Baccalaureate scores must be sent from IBIS directly to the University of Utah.

Students must submit a request for evaluation to the Office of Admissions to have credit recorded on their records.

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Writing Placement

Take Writing 1010 and 2010 within your first 3 semesters at the U, and before enrolling in upper-division CW writing courses.

First-Year Writing Placement

Writing 1010 placement

  • Index Score 1
  • Essay Score 2
  • AP score 1-2

Any student may take 1010 without a prerequisite.

Writing 2010 placement

  • WRTG 1010 or transfer equivalent C- or higher
  • Index Score 2
  • Essay Score 3
  • AP score of 3

All students must have a prerequisite to take WRTG 2010.

Any student may challenge their placement with a Writing Placement Essay.

English for Academic Success Placement

The EAS writing classes help fulfill the University Writing requirement. EAS 1040 is similar to WRTG 1010. EAS 1050 and 1060 are two halves of WRTG 2010.

EAS 1050 +1060 =WRTG 2010

The major difference between EAS and WRTG is that EAS is designed to help English learners improve their English writing skills, and WRTG is designed for native English speakers.

You are welcome to fulfill your University Writing requirement with either EAS or WRTG. To fulfill the university writing requirement with EAS courses students must take the EAS writing placement exam. Students may take this exam during International student orientation or at the Testing Center. Please schedule an appointment with the Testing Center to take the EAS Writing Placement exam. The EAS Writing Placement Exam score is valid for 1 year.

Taking the Writing Placement Essay

Writing placement testing for both WRTG 2010 and EAS 1050 is available throughout the year at the University Testing Center, 498 SSB. You can sign up here for a test date.

The Department of Writing & Rhetoric Studies evaluates essays twice per term, before registration begins and shortly before each semester. Results are sent to your UMail address.

The Linguistics Department evaluates EAS placement.

General Education WR2 Requirement:
  • WRTG 2010 or equivalent transfer course C- or higher
  • EAS 1060 C- or higher
  • AP English score of 4 or higher
  • HONOR 2211

Schedule placement essays with the Testing Center. If you have further questions about writing placement please contact the Department of Writing & Rhetoric Studies 801-581-7090 or l.shaw@utah.edu.

For questions about transfer credit please contact the Academic Advising Center.

Language Placement

Students who have never taken a language:

Start with 1010 and advance through 2020 with C- or better to complete the B.A. language requirement

Students who have learned a language in a previous classroom setting (high school or college):

Take a language placement test (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, or Spanish) through the World Languages and Cultures Department. You may be able to start higher than 1010 and take fewer courses to advance through 2020. If the placement test is not offered in your language, please review the class schedule and contact an instructor of that language for assistance with placement.

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Students who have extensive experience speaking another language:

  • Pass 3060 with a “C-” or better – 3060 is for students who have spent at least 1.5 years in a non-English speaking country or area (church service, extended study abroad, for example), bilingual, or native heritage speakers (must be a domestic student).
     
  • Pass an approved language proficiency test and purchase the 16 lower division credits

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International Students with English as their second language:

Once you have completed your lower division writing requirement, the BA language requirement will be completed. Taking EAS 1060 automatically clears the BA language requirement. Students who take WRTG 2010 will need to contact a World Languages and Cultures Academic Advisor (languages.utah.edu) to verify English is their second language and enter WRTG 2010 to fulfill the requirement.

More information on fulfilling the BA Language Requirement>>

Math Placement

As a first year student, your first math course is determined by your ACT or SAT Math score, your Accuplacer (math placement exam) score, your AP Calculus score, concurrent enrollment math courses, and your chosen field of study.

For transfer students, placement into math classes is determined through evaluating math courses taken at your previous institution and/or ACT, SAT, or Accuplacer test scores that are less than two years old.

For more information on initial math placement, visit http://www.math.utah.edu/undergrad/placement.php. Please consult with your academic advisor to be sure that you are taking the appropriate math class for your intended major.

Notes Regarding the QA Requirement

  • A score of 2 on either the Calculus AB or BC exam clears the QA requirement but does not award credit. If not cleared automatically, a student may see an advisor to have this requirement cleared. 
  • Students graduating high school Spring 2017 or later with an ACT math score of at least 26 or an SAT math score of at least 640 will receive 3 credits and have the QA requirement waived.  This does not serve as a prerequisite for other math classes or fill math course requirements in any particular major.
Last Updated: 6/25/20