First Year Advising Center
North Foundation Hall, Room 121
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(248) 370-3227
Orientation & New Student Programs
North Foundation Hall, Room 105
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(248) 370-GOLD

Course Placement & Testing

Some general courses at Oakland, including mathematics, modern languages and writing and rhetoric, require students to take placement exams or to meet certain criteria. New students are strongly encouraged to complete necessary placement exams prior to attending orientation. 
All new students are placed into a mathematics class based on their ACT or SAT Math subscore. Please review the chart below to determine your math placement.

 Your Math Subscore

Pass Math Placement Test

 Your Math Placement 

ACT: 0-17

SAT: 0-430

E MTH 061* (Elementary Algebra) OR
 MTH 118 (Mathematical Sciences in the Modern World) 

ACT: 18-21

SAT: 440-510

I MTH 062* (Intermediate Algebra) OR
 MTH 118 (Mathematical Sciences in the Modern World) 

ACT: 22-27

SAT: 520-630

R MTH 118 (Mathematical Sciences in the Modern World) OR 
 MTH 121 (Linear Programming, Elementary Functions) OR
 MTH 141 (Precalculus) OR
 MTE 210 (Numerical Structures) OR  
 STA 225 (Intro to Statistical Concepts and Reasoning) 

ACT: 28 or above

SAT: 640-800

C MTH 118 (Mathematical Sciences in the Modern World) OR 
 MTH 121 (Linear Programming, Elementary Functions) OR
 MTH 122 (Calculus for Social Sciences) OR 
 MTH 154 (Calculus I) OR
 MTE 210 (Numerical Structures) OR  
 STA 225 (Intro to Statistical Concepts and Reasoning) OR
 STA 227 (Intro to Statistical Methods) OR
 STA 228 (Statistical Methods for Biology)

* No more than 16 credits in courses numbered 050-099 may count toward graduation requirements. 


Math Placement Testing

Students who have not taken the ACT or SAT or who feel their Math subscore does not reflect their current abilities, should take a Math Placement Test prior to orientation.  There are two ways to take the placement test:

  1. The math placement test is offered year-round, with no appointment necessary, Monday through Friday from 8-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. in the Mathematics and Science Center, Room 368. You should set-up your OU email address and password prior to taking the test, bring your grizzly ID number to the test and allow one hour to take the test and receive your results. For more information, contact the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at (248) 370-3430.
  2. If you are a new first-year student attending a one-day New Student Orientation program in May, June or August, you can take the test in the Oakland Center at 7:30 a.m. on the day of your scheduled orientation.  For students attending the overnight orientation, you will be able to take the test on the morning of day two of your scheduled orientation.

For more information on Math placement and prerequisites, visit the Department of Mathematics and Statistics website.

Oakland University has a language requirement for all students as a part of the general education curriculum. Students who have taken a college-level language class at an accredited institution have satisfied this requirement. Students needing the language placement exam are those who have no previous college coursework in a language, but who have prior high school coursework in Chinese French, German or Spanish and who intend to satisfy the language requirement by continuing in this language. 

Students with no previous high school- or college-level language experience do not need this test.

French, German, Chinese, or Spanish
If you took French, German, Chinese or Spanish in high school and wish to continue in that language at Oakland, take the  online placement exam  prior to orientation, using the password grizzlies1. Remember to bring a copy of your results with you to orientation. 

Japanese or Arabic
If you took Japanese or Arabic, contact the  Department of Modern Languages and Literature at (248) 370-2060 or visit 372 O'Dowd Hall.
Writing &

First Year Writing
Most students will complete the first-year requirement by taking WRT 150 (Composition I) and WRT 160 (Composition II). Based on early writing samples in their classes, some students may be recommended to take WRT 104 (Supervised Study), which provides one-on-one supplemental writing instruction and may be recommended as a co-requisite for any course.

To fulfill Oakland University’s general education writing foundations requirement, students must complete WRT 160 (Composition II) or its equivalent with a 2.0 or higher. 

Students are placed into the writing sequence with:

  • ACT English subscore
  • OR SAT Writing or Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score
  • OR Advanced Placement English Language and Composition exam score
  • OR International Baccalaureate Extended Essay (IBEE) test grade
  • OR Transfer credits
  • OR Completion of ESL 072: Writing and Sentence Structure or Academic Purposes III
WRT 102 (Basic Writing)WRT 150 (Composition I)WRT 160 (Composition II)Writing Foundation Satisfied*
1-15 ACT English subscore16-27 ACT English subscore28-36 ACT English subscoreScore of 4 or 5 on AP English Language and Composition
200-400 SAT Writing or Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score410-610 SAT Writing or Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score620-800 SAT Writing or Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scoreTest grade of >B on International Baccalaureate Extended Essay (IBEE)
18 or more transfer credits Score of 3 on AP English Language and Composition
3.6-4.0 grade in ESL 072

*Students receive four credits that satisfy the general education writing foundation requirement, equivalent to WRT 160.

Students who do not have ACT or SAT scores and do not have prior coursework in writing should consult the Department of Writing and Rhetoric, O'Dowd Hall, Room 378, (248) 370-2746, for appropriate placement prior to registration.