Testing Services

Undergraduate Math Placement Test Information

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. 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:

1.    determine the level and number of mathematics classes you need to complete your CSU degree, and

2.    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:

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 Students, CCP Students, 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 Testing Services, located on the second floor of Rhodes Tower West.  Please contact Testing Services at 216-687-2272 to schedule an appointment.  A Photo ID is required on test day.  

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.

*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 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 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 non-degree 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.  Transient student information and the application is available here:  https://www.csuohio.edu/registrar/transient-student-information

The Mathematics Placement Test Process:

Students with Mathematics ACT/SAT(old)/SAT(new) test scores of 21/510/540 or below are required to take the mathematics placement test.

Students with Mathematics ACT/SAT(old)/SAT(new) test scores of 22/520/550 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
  • 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.

Post Baccalaureate Students

Students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree who are attending CSU for additional coursework (non-degree) 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.

Official CSU Code

Message in CampusNet

Mathematics course to begin your sequence

MREM

The results of your Math placement exam indicate that you are required to start with MTH 087 or 088.

  • MTH 87 – Beginning Algebra

M148

The results of your Math placement exam indicate that you are eligible to start with MTH 148 (or below)

  • MTH 87 Basic Algebra (not recommended)
  • MTH 95 Applied Algebra
  • MTH 116 Foundations of Quantitative Literacy
  • MTH 127 Math for Elem. School Teachers I
  • MTH 147 Stat Concepts with Apps
  • MTH 148 Math for Business Majors I

M167

(ACT Math 22 or higher or (old) SAT 520 (new) SAT 550 Math or higher)

The results of your Math placement exam indicate that you are eligible to start with MTH 167 (or below).

  • MTH 87 Basic Algebra (not recommended)
  • MTH 95 Applied Algebra (not recommended)
  • MTH 116 Foundations of Quantitative Literacy
  • MTH 127 Math for Elem. School Teachers I
  • MTH 147 Stat Concepts with Apps
  • MTH 148 Math for Business Majors I
  • MTH 167 Precalculus I

M168

The results of your Math placement exam indicate that you are eligible to start with MTH 168 (or below).

  • MTH 87 Basic Algebra (not recommended)
  • MTH 95 Applied Algebra (not recommended)
  • MTH 116 Foundations of Quantitative Literacy
  • MTH 127 Math for Elem. School Teachers I
  • MTH 147 Stat Concepts with Apps
  • MTH 148 Math for Business Majors I (not recommended)
  • MTH 149 Math for Business Majors II
  • MTH 167 Precalculus I (not recommended)
  • MTH 168 Precalculus II

M181

The results of your Math placement exam indicate that you are eligible to start with MTH 181 (or below).

  • MTH 87 Basic Algebra (not recommended)
  • MTH 95 Applied Algebra (not recommended)
  • MTH 116 Foundations of Quantitative Literacy
  • MTH 127 Math for Elem. School Teachers I
  • MTH 147 Stat Concepts with Apps
  • MTH 148 Math for Business Majors I (not recommended)
  • MTH 149 Math for Business Majors II
  • MTH 167 Precalculus I (not recommended)
  • MTH 168 Precalculus II (not recommended)
  • MTH 181 Calculus I