Testing CenterWhat is the purpose of the assessment?

The Placement Assessment is designed to measure students' skills in English (writing and reading) and mathematics. The results of the examination will determine whether a student must take proficiency courses in English or mathematics and, in addition, will serve as a measure of basic competency in these areas.

Who must take the assessment?


Can SAT scores substitute for the Placement Assessment?

Yes. You may be placed into a Math class based on your Math SAT score and/or an English composition class based on a combination of your Critical Reading and Writing SAT scores. However, if you do not report SAT scores or the scores do not allow us to place you into the appropriate Math and/or English courses, you must take the placement assessment in either English or Math or both. All SAT scores must be submitted to the Admissions Office.

How do I know if I have to take the Placement?

If you submitted your SAT scores to the Admissions Office, your Admissions Counselor or Promise Coach will let you know if you require the placement assessment. You LIU Promise Coach will be able to tell you if your SAT scores qualify for automatic placement.

What is included in the assessment?

English: if you need to take the English Placement Assessment, you can do so easily online. Students will be asked to read on a selection and write one summary paragraph guided by questions about the selection and one reflection on their writing. In addition, you will be asked to upload previous, graded work from high school and college. See the English Placement Assessment page for more details. Submissions will be judged on: 1) demonstrated understanding of the reading selection; 2) independent thought in response to the subject of the selection; 3) structure (organizing and paragraphing); and 4) mechanics (punctuation, grammar, and spelling). Mathematics: Part 1 and Part 2 of the Mathematics Placement Examination are required of all students, regardless of major. In addition, Part 3 is also required of students in the following majors:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Data Analysis
  • Health Science - Physical Therapy track
  • Pharmacy

Parts 1 and 2 of the Placement Examination will cover operations with whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percentages, negative and positive numbers, and topics in elementary and intermediate algebra and geometry. Part 3 will include topics from polynomials (multiplication, division, factoring); rational, exponential, logarithmic functions; radical expressions and equations; quadratic equations; right triangle trigonometry; graphs of conic sections; geometry; and complex numbers. Aids such as calculators, will be permitted for use during testing.

What types of calculators are allowed for the Mathematics Placement?

List of Approved calculators: four-function, scientific, or graphing calculators only. Cell phone calculators are NOT allowed.

How many times can I take the Placement Assessment?

Students are allowed to retake the English and Math Placements twice after the initial placement. Students must contact the Testing Center for an appointment (718-488-1392). You may want to consider tutoring before signing for a retest. Please visit the Academic Reinforcement or Math Centers.

Retest options are only available for students who have not taken any class in either English or Math. If a student registers and completes the class he/she initially placed into, then the sequence of classes must be followed. 

Do ESL and international students need to take the Placement Assessment?

Students with overseas credentials (secondary school or university level) may be required to submit TOEFL scores to the Admissions Office. Please call the Admissions Office at 718-488-1011 for further information. International students will also be required to take the Placement Examination or a special ESL proficiency exam upon arrival at the university.

When and where can I take the assessment?

You may take the Math exam on campus or remotely on any one of the dates indicated on our website http://www.liu.edu/brooklyn/testingcenter. that site also includes instructions on how to sign up for a testing session. You can take the English Placement Assessment online - see the section of the website for further instructions.

Can accommodations be provided?

Students with a documented disability are eligible to receive accommodations from the Office of Student Support Services once they have provided a copy of their documentation, which can be faxed to 718-488-1690. One week is designated for the processing of the student’s information. In order to make arrangements students need to call 718-488-1215.

What should students bring to the assessment?

Photo identification such as a school ID or a driver’s license, two sharp pencils, a pen, and an eraser. You may bring a dictionary, in book form, to be used for the English exam only and an approved calculator for the Math exam. You must know your LIU student identification number in order to take the examination. Anyone without an LIU identification number should report the Social Security number or should contact the Admissions Office 718-488-1011 to find out the status of his/her application.