Transitional Academic Studies (TRAC) at The University of Memphis permits students
to enroll in prescribed courses to develop the academic competencies necessary for
success in college level courses. Major components of the program include testing
and placement in appropriate level courses.
Students admitted to The University of Memphis as beginning freshmen will be placed
in appropriate English, math, and reading, courses based on ACT subscores that are
less than 3 years old.
- Students with ACT reading subscores below 19 are required to enroll in ACAD 1100.
- Students with ACT English subscores below 18 are required to enroll in prescribed
If students feel they have been misplaced by their ACT subscores in English and reading,
they may take the COMPASS test to attempt to place in a higher level course.
- All students, regardless of their ACT math subscore, are required to take the ALEKS placement exam for math.
Students without ACT scores are required to take a placement test, the COMPASS assessment and placement test, to determine the best course placement for them.
The COMPASS test provides students and their advisors with important information about
educational preparation and is a good beginning toward the achievement of academic
COMPASS tests are given many times during the course of the year. The Testing Center has a list of dates and a Test Guide for your convenience. The COMPASS test should
be taken before seeing your advisor or attending New Student Orientation.
The following regulations regarding placement tests and course enrollment will apply:
COMPASS testing is required of students whose ACT (SAT) scores are more than 3 years
old, transfer students with no college level credit in English, non-degree seeking
students before enrollment in English, and students with no ACT/SAT scores.
ALEKS testing is required of transfer students with no college level credit in math,
and non-degree seeking students before enrollment in a math course.
Students must successfully complete prescribed course requirements before enrolling
in the next level course.
Enrollment in any prescribed course is restricted to students who have been placed
by their ACT subscores or who have taken the appropriate placement test. Self-placement without testing is not permitted.
ALEKS - Math Placement Exam
The University of Memphis requires the Math Placement Exam through ALEKS to assess
a student's prerequisite knowledge for course placement. ALEKS is a powerful artificial-intelligence
based assessment tool that zeros in on the strengths and weaknesses of a student's
mathematical knowledge, reports its findings to the student, and then if necessary
provides the student with a learning environment for bringing this knowledge up to
an appropriate level for course placement.
Please visit the ALEKS website for more information.
Students requiring prescribed courses should be advised in the Academic Counseling Center, 212 Wilder Tower.
Students with ACT reading subscores below 19 are required to enroll in ACAD 1100.
Students with ACT English subscores below 18 are required to enroll in prescribed
English courses. Students must check with their advisor to determine which English
course is appropriate for them.
Students will be placed in a math course based on the results of the ALEKS placement exam. Students must check with their advisor to determine which college level math course
is appropriate for them.