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Time & Location

508 Pray-Harrold
every Thursday - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For More Information

See an adviser in Suite 508 Pray-Harrold or call 734.487.4474

Placement Testing

What exactly is the placement test?
The placement test consists of three computerized subtests: Arithmetic, Beginning Algebra and College Level Mathematics. Each subtest has between 12 and 20 questions.
Do I need to take the placement exam?
If your Math ACT score is less than 19 or your Math ACT testing date is more than 3 years old or your SAT math score is less than 520, then you need to take the placement test to determine the appropriate mathematics course.
Are there math placement advisors available?
If you have any questions about the placement exam or your placement into a course, contact Elaine Richards, at
Which subtest should I take?
See a math placement advisor in 508 Pray Harrold. The math advisor will discuss with you which subtest(s) best fit your skill level.
How do I go about taking the placement exam?
See a math placement advisor in 508 Pray Harrold to get started. You will be given a Math Placement Authorization Form.
What should I bring with me to take the test?
A picture ID is required. If you have a Math Placement Authorization Form, please bring it with you when you come to test. However, we will have forms available when you come to test. Remember, calculators are not allowed.
How long does the test take?
This is NOT a timed test, so you can feel comfortable to take your time. The placement test can take from 20 minutes to 90 minutes depending on your level of anxiety and skill. You should not take the test if you have less than one hour of time available.
Can I take the test more than once?
You may take each subtest up to three times as long as they are spaced at least 30 days apart.
What happens if I don't pass the placement test?
After taking the math placement test, you will speak with a math advisor in 508 Pray Harrold. The developmental mathematics program offers two courses, MATH 097 and MATH 098, that provide a supportive environment for students to focus on beginning arithmetic and algebra concepts. Many students report that the developmental mathematics program provided them with the necessary skills and confidence that they needed to be successful in other math classes. Elaine Richards coordinates the developmental mathematics program. You can email or call 487-4474.
What if my ACT math score is 19 or higher (or my SAT math score is higher than 520)?
If your ACT math score is 19 or higher or your SAT math score is higher than 520, you may still want to take the placement exam. To test to a higher level, you can take the college-level math placement test.