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Math Placement FAQ


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Q. Do I need to take a math placement exam?

A. If you intend to enroll in calculus-based math or science courses, and you do not have college-level math credit (transfer, AP, or otherwise) for Precalculus or Calculus 1, then you are required to take a math placement test.


Q. Do I need to complete my placement test before orientation?

A. Yes. In order to help academic advisors assess your readiness for math and science courses, we require that you complete your math placement test, if applicable, at least 72 hours before orientation.


Q. I took an AP Calculus Exam in high school. Do I need to take a placement test?

A. Students may enroll in MATH 1431 without taking a placement exam if they score 3 or above on the Calculus BC exam, or 4 or above on the Calculus AB exam. Students with a score of 3 on the Calculus AB exam will need to take a placement test to enroll in MATH 1431.


Q. Can I enroll in MATH 1310, 1311, 1312, 1313, or 2311 without taking a placement test?

A. Yes, any student with a satisfactory TSI math readiness score may enroll in these courses without taking a placement test.


Q. Which placement test should I take?

A. There are two math placement tests. “Placement into MATH 1431,” for students who wish to enroll in Calculus 1, and “Placement into MATH 1314, 1330,” for students who wish to enroll in Business Calculus or Precalculus. Most STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) majors should take the “Placement into MATH 1431” test.


Q. How long are the placement exams, and what topics are covered?

A. Both online placement exams have 36 questions, and students have up to 70 minutes to complete each exam.

The “Placement Into MATH 1431” exam is designed to assess a student’s knowledge of precalculus. Students are evaluated and scored in the following six content areas: Algebra, Equations and Inequalities, Functions and Graphs, Polynomial and Rational Functions, Logarithms and Exponential Functions, and Trigonometry.

The “Placement Into MATH 1314, 1330” exam is designed to assess a student’s knowledge of college algebra. This exam covers the same topics as above (except for Trigonometry) at a more basic level.


Q. Can I attempt a placement exam more than once?

A. Students will have only one chance to take the online version of the “Placement Into MATH 1431” test, and this must be done at least 72 hours before the student attends their New Student Orientation conference. Students who score 80% or above on this test will place directly into MATH 1431 (Calculus 1). Students who score below 80% on this test will have a second opportunity to take the placement test during orientation. Unlike the MATH 1431 placement test, students are allowed two online attempts at the “Placement Into MATH 1314, 1330” test. Only the highest score will count. A passing score on this test is 65% or above. This test will not be offered to students during orientation.


Q. I scored below 80% on the online MATH 1431 placement test. How do I schedule a second attempt during orientation?

A. In your ‘Math Placement’ account on CourseWare, choose ‘Proctored Exams’ and follow the instructions provided. If you are already registered for a New Student Orientation conference, select the date corresponding to your conference.


Q. I have other questions about the placement tests, who can I contact for additional help?

A. If you have a question about which placement test to take, please consult your academic advisor. If you are having trouble registering for your test or you are experiencing other technical issues, please refer to the following link. For other questions, please send an email to .