Texas Tech University

Placement Exam Information

Sometimes students are unsure if they have to or should take a placement exam prior to attending Red Raider Orientation. Below is some general guidance on those exams. If you have any questions, however, feel free to ask a PPHC advisor before attending orientation.

Chemistry Placement Exam (CPE)

The Chemistry Placement Exam determines which Chemistry course a student is prepared to enroll in first, CHEM 1307+1107 or CHEM 1301. There is a practice exam available, but you can take the actual exam only once. Students who intend to pursue the following health professions designations should take the CPE at least 24 hours prior to attending Red Raider Orientation:

  • Pre-Clinical Laboratory Science
  • Pre-Dental
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Pre-Optometry
  • Pre-Pharmacy
  • Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Pre-Physician Assistant

Pre-Nursing students have the option to take the chemistry course for majors (CHEM 1307+1107) or non-majors (CHEM 1305+1105). Most nursing schools accept chemistry for non-majors, but there are a few that require chemistry for majors. The TTUHSC School of Nursing will accept either. The CPE is not required to register for the non-majors CHEM 1305+1105.

Math Placement Exam (MPE)

While the Math Placement Exam can provide valuable information regarding whether a student is ready for a particular course, the only students who are advised to take the MPE prior to attending Red Raider Orientation are those who wish to enroll in MATH 1451 - Calculus I during their first semester, which may include some Pre-Medicine and Pre-Pharmacy students.

Texas Success Initiative (TSI)

The Texas Success Initiative was implemented to ensure that students enrolled in Texas public colleges and universities demonstrate the necessary academic skills to succeed. Most students are compliant with or exempt from TSI requirements, but those who are not will be informed prior to attending Red Raider Orientation. If that is the case, please do all you can to complete your TSI assessment obligations before attending orientation. That way you are able to attend all RRO events fully, including advising and registration.