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 college-level 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.
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?
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:
Sign into CampusNet, visit the Applicant tab, click on view summary, and then click on “Placement” for further instructions. If you are experiencing problems logging into CampusNet, please contact the IS&T department at 216-687-5050 to have your password reset.
For Transfer or Current Students:
If you are a transfer student or a current student, 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.
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 person with photo identification at the Placement Testing Center. For more information on the location and hours to take the test in person click here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Our accessible version of the mathematics placement test can be issued online through Blackboard or in the CSU Office of Disability Services.
*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. For more information on the math placement test process click here.
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 majoring in 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
- Pharmaceutical Sciences
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.