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Mathematics Placement Testing Information - Undergraduate Placement Testing

Cleveland State University offers the ability to take the Mathematics Placement Test and the practice test in the convenience of your home or anywhere you have an internet connection.  The Mathematics Placement test is the first step for all new freshmen and those transfer students who have not successfully completed college-level mathematics courses. The Mathematics Placement Test Process must be completed prior to enrolling in any mathematics course.

The objective of the online placement test is to assess the student's level of proficiency in mathematics and place them into mathematics courses that commensurate with their level of competency. The results will help your Academic Advisor determine the most appropriate mathematics course you take your first semester. It is absolutely critical that you take the placement exam seriously. The results of this examination will determine the number of mathematicsematics
classes you need to complete your CSU degree. Taking unneeded
mathematicsematics classes because of a poor performance on the placement
examination may result in spending hundreds of extra dollars and
delaying your graduation.

*Please take the practice placement test*
(see below) to ensure your best performance on the placement exam. It is
in the your best interest to have the placement test reflect your own
work. Placing at a level higher than your true ability will result in
failing a class and falling behind in your mathematics sequence.

Students exempted from the Mathematics Placement Test:

  • Students with AP mathematics credits and/or students who transfer

    college-level (non-remedial) mathematics credits from another college are

    not required to take the mathematics placement test. Students who have

    successfully completed college level (non-remedial) mathematics credits as

    a Post Secondary Enrollment Options Program (PSEOP) student are not

    required to take the mathematics placement test.

  • These students should meet with an Academic Advisor to assess their

    transfer mathematics credits to identify the mathematics course(s) in which they

    are eligible to enroll or to determine that they need to take the

    mathematics placement test.

The Mathematics Placement Test Process:

  • Students with Mathematics ACT/SAT test scores of 21/510 or below are

    required to take the mathematics placement test.

  • Students with Mathematics ACT/SAT test scores of 22/520 or above are automatically placed into a college level mathematics class (MTH 167 or lower). However, if you are planning on majoring in the following fields, you will need to take the Mathematics Placement Exam.  Testing into the calculus series of mathematics will save you time towards graduation:
    • Civil, Chemical, Computer, Electrical, Mechanical Engineering
    • Computer Information Science
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Mathematics
    • Pharmaceutical Sciences
    • Physics
    • Pre-Pharmacy
  • First year students who are not required to submit standardized test

    scores (those who are 5 years or more out of high school) and do not

    have AP mathematics credits are required to take the mathematics placement test.

  • Transfer students who do not have AP mathematics credits and are not

    transferring college-level (non-remedial) mathematics credits are required

    to take the mathematics placement test.

Completing the Placement Test

The Mathematics Placement test is offered through CampusNet for students enrolled for Summer 2013 and forward.   Sign into CampusNet, visit the Applicant tab and click on “Placement” for further instructions.

If you are a transfer student, or were enrolled prior to Summer 2013 and did not receive your login and password information via postal mail, you will need to contact the Placement Testing Office at 216-687-2566 to receive your login and password. If you have received a password, you can access the Mathematics Placement Test here.

The CSU Mathematics Placement Test will take students approximately 1 to 3 hours. Please set aside a time that will be uninterrupted in order for you to complete the test. If you are experiencing problems logging into CampusNet, please contact the IS&T department at 216-687-5050 to have your password reset. You will be able to re-take the test one time without permission. Effective March 31, 2014, the second attempt at the placement exam must be done in person with photo identification at the Placement Testing Center. Refer to this link for location and hours to take the examination in person.    Note that it is department policy that once students enrolls in a mathematics class, the placement test cannot be used to move on to a subsequent class as a substitute for failing to achieve a satisfactory grade in the enrolled mathematics course.

If you do not have access to a computer or high-speed internet or you experience any technical problems while you are taking the test, please contact the Placement Testing office at 216.687.2566 or email mathplacement@csuohio.edu for available hours.

A practice test is available via PDF and online. Please take the practice placement test to ensure your best performance on the placement exam. One practice test (PDF) is accessed by clicking here, and its answers are here, and a second practice test is available after you have entered the testing website. You will have the option of taking a practice test before starting the placement test.  PLEASE COMPLETE A PRACTICE TEST BEFORE TAKING THE ACTUAL PLACEMENT TEST.

The online Mathematics Placement Test is not accessible to screen readers and
some other forms of assistive technology for people with disabilities.
For an alternative accommodation please contact Jeffrey Dell at
216-687-2015 or by e-mail at j.dell@csuohio.edu. Our accessible
version of the mathematics placement test can be issued online through
Blackboard or in the CSU Office of Disability Services.