Pre-Orientation Testing

Complete your assessment BEFORE registering for Orientation.

Certain courses require tests prior to registering for Orientation. Depending on your standardized test scores and/or your academic major, you may need to take a test to be placed into the appropriate English, math, reading, and/or chemistry course(s). See the information on the tests below to determine if there is a test you need to take prior to registering for Orientation.

Do I need to take the ACCUPLACER?


Certain courses require tests prior to registering for Orientation.  These tests are offered at the Main or Montrose CMU campuses or they can be proctored in your hometown (see offsite information below). Contact the Testing Center for assistance: 970.248.1260, or Houston Hall 123.

English, Math, and Reading Placement

Placement into college level English, math, and reading courses is determined by standardized test scores or the ACCUPLACER test. Acceptable test scores cannot be more than three years old. The ACCUPLACER score(s) are used by your advisor to guide you in English, reading and/or math course selection.

Do I need to take the ACCUPLACER?

If any of the following apply to you, you will need to take the ACCUPLACER.

  • Your standardized test scores fall below the following:

    ACT SAT 2015 or prior SAT 2016 or after  GED
    Math: 19 Math: 460 Math: 500 Math: 165
    English: 18 Verbal: 430 Verbal: 470 Language Arts: 165
    Reading: 17 Social Studies: 165
  • Your test scores are 3 years old

    You must take the ACCUPLACER if your standardized test scores are 3 years or older

  • You did not complete standardized tests in high school

    If you have not taken the standardized tests listed above, you must take the ACCUPLACER

The ACCUPLACER test must be completed prior to registering for Orientation.
If you feel your English course placement does not reflect your skill level, contact or 970.248.1177 or the IRIS desk in the lobby of Lowell Heiny Hall. For more information, please see the Placement Policy.

Program Specific Testing

Chemistry Placement

You must take the Chemistry Placement Test for the following majors:

  • Biology (not Biology Teacher)
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Geology
  • Environmental Science
  • Exercise Science
  • Geology
  • Engineering
  • Secondary Education-Geology

*Students can place directly into CHEM 131/131L or CHEM 151/151L courses with an ACT score of 24 or higher or an SAT score of 610 or higher.

Engineering Advanced Math Placement

Engineering students are the only students who may need to take the Engineering Advanced Math Placement test.

  • If you have scored at or above an ACT Math-19, SAT Math (2015 or before)-460, SAT Math (2016 or after)-500, GED Mathematics-165, HiSET Math-15 or TASC Math-560, you may need to complete the Advanced Math Placement assessment prior to attending Orientation or registering for a math course.

Testing Options

If you need to take placement tests, there are several options for completing the requirements whether you are local, a colorado resident or out of state student.

View more information about testing options