The Math Placement Test
The Math Placement test is for students who have been placed into a math course based on their ACT/SAT scores, and which is below the level needed for their major. It is also for transfer students who need a math course.
The test given is Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics and is untimed, computer-adaptive, and consists of 20 questions. Students who attain a certain score will then be presented with the Advanced Algebra and Functions test, which is also untimed, computer-adaptive, and consists of 20 questions.
You may wish to take the Math Placement exam if one or more of the following conditions apply:
- your current math course is MATH 1001, 1101, or 1111 but you need a higher level math course for your major;
- you do not feel that the score you earned on the mathematics portion of the SAT or ACT is indicative of your true mathematical ability; or
- you wish to enroll in MATH 1131: Calculus with Analytic Geometry 1; or
- you have transferred in 30 or more credit hours and need to take a math course.
Students who have been placed into MATH 0997 B/C or MATH 0999 B/C are not permitted to take this test.
Retesting: Not permitted. You will be advised about how to appeal your placement after testing.
Test preparation: Please visit the ACCUPLACER web page to prepare for the test. The math placement test consists of Quantitative Reasoning, Analysis, and Statistics. If you attain a certain score on this test, you will then be presented with Advanced Algebra and Functions.
Score reports: You will be able to obtain a copy of your scores from the Student Portal on the ACCUPLACER web page.
Payment: $35. Payment is made online when you schedule your appointment.
ID requirements: You must present an unexpired government-issued photo ID with signature--driver's license, passport, military ID, state ID. The first and last name(s) on your identification must exactly match the first and last name(s) on your CSU application.
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- In-person testing at the CSU Testing Center
- At home, using Zoom, and proctored remotely by CSU Testing Center staff. No additional cost. Computer with webcam and mic are required. Appointments are during weekday hours and limited to availability. Instructions to schedule will be sent within 3 business days after payment is received.