As an admitted student, you have access to tools and resources to help get you Longhorn ready. Whether it’s making friends or making sure you’re ready for your first math class, we want you to be prepared when you arrive on campus.

Take steps to get Longhorn ready by:

Completing assessments

Depending on your major and the classes you need to complete your degree, you may need to take an assessment designed to help us find the best classes for you. But don’t stress! Your advisor will help you figure out your class options—no matter what.

Math assessment

If you’re planning to take Calculus I (M408C/K/N/R), you must complete the UT Math Assessment offered during orientation. In order to prepare, you will purchase a Math Readiness Package that will provide you access to complete the online ALEKS Math Assessment and Learning Modules.

The College of Natural Sciences, which oversees the assessment process for students in all colleges and schools, offers additional information about registration and required scores.

Chemistry assessment

Students planning to enroll in Principles of Chemistry (CH301) must complete the ALEKS Chemistry Assessment online. If you are unsure whether you will take CH301, wait until after you meet with your advisor at orientation before taking ALEKS Chemistry.

Find out more about registration and required scores.

Earning credit by exam

Credit by exam is recommended for students who have considerable skill in certain academic areas who wish to satisfy degree or other requirements with testing. For example, students who want to begin studying a foreign language at a level beyond the entry-level course may need to take a placement test and earn credit by exam.

Incoming freshmen are encouraged to earn credit by exam by taking placement and exemption tests (especially for foreign languages) before coming to or during orientation, if possible. Register for foreign language placement tests when you register for orientation.

Questions? Contact Student Testing Services.

Claiming credit

Student Testing Services also offers information about claiming college credit—either earned by exam or based on Advanced Placement examinations, International Baccalaureate (IB) coursework or some other achievement. Take some time during orientation to talk with an academic advisor who can help you make the best decision about if and when to claim credit.