Math Placement Testing

  • What exactly is the math placement test?
    The math placement test consists of three computerized subtests: Arithmetic, Algebra, and Advanced Mathematics. Each subtest has 20 questions.
  • Do I need to take the math placement exam?
    If your math SAT score is less than 520, or your math ACT score is less than 19, or your math testing date is more than 3 years old, then you need to take the math placement test to determine the appropriate mathematics course for you.
  • Should I study?
    Yes! Study materials are available.
  • Are there math placement advisors available?
    If you have any questions about the math placement test or your placement into a course, contact Elaine Richards at [email protected].
  • 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 math placement test?
    See a math placement advisor in 508 Pray Harrold to get started. You will be given a Math Placement Authorization Form and information about study materials.
  • 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 math 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 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 a college level math class. Elaine Richards coordinates the Developmental Mathematics Program. You can email or call 487-4474.
  • What if my math SAT score is 520 or higher or my math ACT score is 19 or higher?
    Your math SAT score (or math ACT score) provides an initial placement into a math course. You are always welcome to take the math placement test to place into a higher level math course.

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