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Welcome to UCI! The Academic Testing Center, under the umbrella of the Division of Undergraduate Education, offers a variety of resources and services to help you make the most of your testing experience this summer. We wish you much success and hope this is a year of growth and accomplishments for you.

This reference guide is designed to provide essential information and assisting with the questions you may have about the placement testing process. We encourage you to read the entire guide – it will save time and trouble later on. Here you will find the most current updates to the policies and procedures.

Which Test(s) to take?

You are encouraged to consult with your academic counselor if you don't know which test(s) (if any) you need to take. The Placement Testing Reference Chart and the interactive page of our web site may also prove helpful. This interactive page will indicate which placement test(s) you are required to take (unless you are exempt) based on your responses to the questions posed. You may then refer to the test descriptions found on the Placement Testing Program page of the site for a detailed description of each test and sample test items. Depending on how you intend to fulfill your general education requirements, you may want to take other placement tests. General education requirements are described in the UCI General Catalogue and must be completed in order to graduate.

When Are Placement Tests Given?

Placement tests will be offered on the dates listed on the Summer tests schedule. During the summer months (June through August), you will find the Orientation dates that are coordinated with the test dates.

*Special note for summer exams!

The placement exams are in the the process of transitioning online. Information about registration should be available on our website, and we suggest you check periodically for updates.

Do I Have to Travel to UCI For Placement Tests? I live Out of the Area.

If you reside outside of Southern California please be sure to follow the guidelines provided here on the Testing Outside of SoCal link. This process allows students to take placement exams in their community. Be sure to read and follow all of the instructions.

Why Do You Have to Activate Your UCInetID?

A UCInetID is a 3 to 8 letter code based on your name that uniquely identifies you at UCI. UCInetIDs are used to authorize you, as a UCI affiliate, to gain access to UCI electronic services. These services include establishing your official UCI e-mail account accessing your test results and enrolling in classes. UCInetIDs are automatically issued to all students. However, you must activate your UCInetID to be able to use it. Instructions are provided by UCI's Office of Information Technology(OIT) at You can activate your ID and register for placement exams beginning in June.

Orientation Programs

All new freshmen must attend summer orientation. UCI offers orientation programs for freshmen during July and August. Participation in summer orientation allows you to take your placement tests, be academically advised and register for classes in a timely and coherent manner. You also learn about the campus, student services, and the academic demands which will be placed on you when you come to UCI in the fall. For more information, contact the Student Life & Leadership Office at (949) 824-3374 or visit the orientation web site.

How Do You Register for Placement Tests?

Test registration is available online for all test dates. You may register for placement testing when you register for SPOP. You may also register through our web site. Early registration is advised. Test sites have limited seating and seats are assigned on a first-come-first-serve basis. Your desired test date(s) could fill to capacity soon after registration begins and not be available.

Instructions on how to register for the summer placement tests are listed below. Please register using only one of the following methods and do not sign up for more than one date per test - you may contact our office to make a change later.

  • Online Registration: or
    Remember to print your Entry Ticket (confirmation of registration) at the end of the registration process and bring it with you to the test session.

  • Registration Cancellation: If you know that you will not be able to take the test(s) for which you have already registered, you must cancel your registration online using one of the methods above.

  • Register by email:
  • Remember to provide a valid e-mail address If you are unable to register online after activating your NetID, you may contact us by email. Within 48 hours after your registration is received and processed, you will receive an electronic confirmation notice with information about printing your Entry Ticket. This notice will be sent to the e-mail address that you provide on the Placement Testing Registration Form.

  • Registration Cancellation: If you know that you will not be able to take the test(s) for which you have already registered, you must request cancellation by writing to us via e-mail.
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Phone: (949) 824-6207
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