Based on your placement exam results, you may be encouraged to take an exemption test in Math and/or Foreign Language, and you may be invited to apply for a waiver from the First-Year Writing Requirement. Exemption exams are taken to earn exemption from a requirement and/or credit. Exemption exams cannot be used for placement into UMass Amherst courses.
Math Exemption Test
The Department of Mathematics and Statistics coordinates the Math Exemption Test offered multiple times each semester. If you wish to satisfy your R1 requirement without taking a course and without earning credit, you may take the Math Exemption Test. You will still need to take the Math Placement Exam before you attend orientation. The Math Exemption Test will not place you into a level of Math or give you credits. A passing score will exempt you from the R1 requirement only.
First-Year Writing Waiver
The Writing Program oversees the application process for the First-Year Writing Waiver. First-year writing classes are designed for students transitioning to writing at the college level. If you already have substantial college-level writing experience or have written in other professional or public contexts, you might consider applying for a waiver, a process that involves writing an essay and a reflection. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Foreign Language Exemption Exams
During the first week of the semester, Student Success proctors foreign language exemption exams in French, German, Latin, or Spanish. Students who take the German or Spanish exemption exam may also earn credit based on their results.
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Students may only take this exam ONCE. We suggest that students take at least 3 years of language courses before they attempt the exemption test.
If you wish to take a placement or exemption test in a language other than French, German, Latin or Spanish, contact the Humanities and Fine Arts Advising Center to set up an appointment: