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New Student Placement Testing

Welcome to CBU as a new student! Now that you’ve been admitted, your next step is to schedule your placement tests. These tests are designed to place you in the most appropriate college level courses. Testing must be completed prior to attending Summer Orientation. The dates fill quickly so please be sure to register and complete your tests as soon as possible!

Sign up for a Placement Testing Day. 

Fall 2017 New Students

  • April 29, 2017
  • May 6, 2017
  • June 7, 2017
  • June 26, 2017
  • July 21, 2017
  • August 7, 2017

Spring 2018 New Students

  • December 20, 2017- tentative

Activate Your CBU Active Directory Credentials

In addition to your acceptance letter, you received instructions via email for activating your Active Directory Credentials (email). You’ll need an active your Active Directory Credentials to take the placement tests.

Determine Which Tests You Need to Complete

Most incoming freshmen admitted to CBU are required to complete placement tests. Your major and your ACT/SAT test scores will determine which tests you are required to take. To determine which tests you need see the FAQ section below.

Schedule Your Test Date

You have a number of options for your testing dates. While we only offer placement testing on CBU’s campus, accommodations will be made for students residing outside of Memphis and surrounding areas. New freshmen must wait until they are admitted to schedule their placement tests.


Once you have been accepted to CBU as an incoming student and paid your deposit you can sign up for your placement tests. You will need your CBU ID number, your CBU email address, and your intended major.

Sign up NOW for New Student Placement Testing Days

  • Fall Start- Sign up for fall admits is now open.
  • Spring Start- Sign up for spring admits will open on October 1st.

Tests Offered (click the test name for more information) 

• Math Placement

The Math Placement Test is a 50-minute test with 25 questions. 

Students are not permitted to use a calculator. Practice tests are available here

• Chemistry Placement

The Chemistry Placement Test consists of 60 multiple choice questions that are designed to test your readiness to undertake a college-level chemistry course.  Questions cover high school mathematics, including content from a typical high school second-year algebra class, and material that is covered in a typical high school first-year chemistry course.  Based on the scores obtained on this test and the math placement, students will be placed in either CHEM 101, Introduction to College Chemistry, or CHEM 113/113L, Principles of Chemistry I with laboratory.

Students are allowed a non-programmable calculator for the test. 

• French/Spanish Placement

Spanish and French tests will be given. 

• English Placement

English tests will be given. 

Preparing for your Tests

You can view the testing policies and procedures for each test as well as look at sample questions. Placement tests in math also have practice tests you can take. We strongly recommend that you take the math practice tests prior to coming to taking the official placement test.

Frequently Asked Questions.

Answers to common questions can be found here.