What is the Math Placement Test?
The Math Placement Test is the first step for all freshmen and for transfer students who have yet to successfully complete collegelevel mathematics courses. For information on students who may be exempted from taking the placement test, click here.
You can take the test in the convenience of your home or anywhere you have an internet connection. Please pay careful attention to the instructions regarding appropriate internet browsers to use when taking the placement test. Do not use your cell phone or a tablet computer.
The test takes students approximately 1 to 3 hours. You need to set aside the time that will be uninterrupted in order for you to complete the test.
It is absolutely critical that you take the placement exam seriously. The results of the Math Placement Test will:
 determine the level and number of mathematics classes you need to complete your CSU degree, and
 maximize your time and money.
What Happens If I Don’t Take It Seriously or Don’t Take It At All?
A poor performance on this test or no math placement score can result in taking unnecessary mathematics classes, and subsequently waste your time and hundreds of extra dollars and as well, delay your graduation.
It is in 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.
Can I Prepare for the Math Placement Test?
Yes! Before taking the math placement test, complete the Sample Math Placement Test. One sample test in PDF format is accessed by clicking here, after you completed the sample test you can check your answers here.
A second practice test is available after you have entered the testing website.
Accessing the Math Placement Test:
For Incoming Freshman:
You will receive an email with instructions on how to access the math placement test prior to your scheduled orientation date. Please make sure to keep reading all email communication from CSU.
For Transfer Students, CCP Students, or Current Students:
If you are a transfer student or a current student, you will need to contact Testing Services at 2166872272 to receive your login and password. If you have received a password, you can access the Mathematics Placement Test here.
What if I want to retake the Math Placement Test?
You have two attempts for the Math Placement Test: 1) online and 2) in person. The second attempt must be done in Testing Services, located on the second floor of Rhodes Tower West. Please contact Testing Services at 2166872272 to schedule an appointment. A Photo ID is required on test day.
PLEASE NOTE: It is department policy that once a student 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 a student has successfully completed mathematics coursework at Cleveland State University and wishes to take or retake the Math Placement Test, the student will need to take the Placement Test at Testing Services with photo identification (even if it is for the first time). For more information on the math placement test process click here.
Students exempted from the Mathematics Placement Test
Students with AP mathematics credits and/or students who transfer collegelevel (nonremedial) mathematics credits from a course at another college in which they earned a C or better are not required to take the mathematics placement test. Students who have successfully completed college level (nonremedial) mathematics through a College Credit Plus (CCP) or Post Secondary Enrollment Options Program (PSEOP) 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.
Transient Students
Transient nondegree seeking students who are taking a course at CSU that the student wishes to transfer to the student’s home institution must register with CSU as a transient student. The placement test is waived for such students.
PLEASE NOTE: Prior to registration at CSU, Transient students should contact their home institutions and request verification that they have completed the appropriate prerequisites for their desired course(s).
Transient student information and the application is available here: https://www.csuohio.edu/registrar/transientstudentinformation
The Mathematics Placement Test Process
Students with Mathematics ACT/SAT(old)/SAT(new) test scores of 21/500/530 or below, or students with HS GPA of 3.49 or below, are required to take the mathematics placement test.
Students with Mathematics ACT/SAT(old)/SAT(new) test scores of 22/510/540 or above, or HS GPA of 3.5 or above, are automatically placed into a college level mathematics class (MTH 167 or lower). However, if you are planning on majoring in any of the fields listed below, 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
 PrePharmacy
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 collegelevel (nonremedial) mathematics credits with a grade of C or better are required to take the mathematics placement test.
PostBaccalaureate Students
Students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree who are attending CSU for additional coursework (nondegree) or another bachelor’s degree also need to take the placement test when necessary to meet a prerequisite requirement for certain mathematics classes.
What Does Your Mathematics Placement Score Mean?
There are several placement levels. The course number in the placement level allows you to take that course or an introductory course below it. Here is a table of the courses that can be taken for each level.
PreCollege Mathematics  The results of your Math placement exam indicate that you are required to start with MTH 087. 

Intensive Level Mathematics  The results of your Math placement exam indicate that you are eligible to start with one of the following courses (consult with an advisor to choose the most appropriate for your major):

College Level 1  The results of your Math placement exam indicate that you are eligible to start with one of the following courses (consult with an advisor to choose the most appropriate for your major):

College Level 2  The results of your Math placement exam indicate that you are eligible to start with one of the following courses (consult with an advisor to choose the most appropriate for your major):

College Level 3 
The results of your Math placement exam indicate that you are eligible to start with one of the following courses: (consult with an advisor to choose the most appropriate for your major):

College Level 4 
The results of your Math placement exam indicate that you are eligible to start with one of the following courses: (consult with an advisor to choose the most appropriate for your major):
