College Placement Testing

UH recently announced a three-year pilot program in which Smarter Balanced assessment scores of HIDOE’s 11th grade students can be used to enroll directly into entry-level college courses at all of its 10 campuses starting in Fall 2016.

The new Smarter Balanced exams in English Language Arts and Math are given to students in grades 3 – 8 and 11 in Hawaii’s public schools, starting this school year.  The assessments are tied to the Hawaii Common Core, learning standards adopted by the HIDOE to better prepare students for success in college and careers. While there are other measures of placement for students into gateway courses, this new agreement between UH and HIDOE further strengthens the alignment between high school and post-secondary education.

Students can score at four different levels of achievement on the Smarter Balanced assessment. Placement into various entry-level English and Math courses at UH depends on a student’s level of achievement.  Scores are valid for placement for 24 months, and the pilot program applies to the graduating classes of 2016, 2017 and 2018. For more information click here.