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The Math Placement Test

(**Important--this is a different test from ACCUPLACER in elementary algebra. If you have been asked to take ACCUPLACER, please return to the main list of tests and choose ACCUPLACER for admission to CSU.)


How CSU places you in a math course

All students, regardless of major, are required to complete at least one math course for the Area A math requirement by the time they earn 30 semester hours (or sophomore standing). Your readiness for specific college-level math coursework is determined by your SAT or ACT math score and your high school grade point average in college preparatory curriculum (CPC) courses. The readiness score helps to ensure that you are appropriately prepared for the math course in which you enroll. If your readiness scores place you at different levels, your placement will default to the highest level at which you scored. The scores are calculated as follows:

SAT Math Readiness Score = SATM score + (200 X high school GPA in college preparatory courses)

ACT Math Readiness Score = ACTM score + (9 X high school GPA in college preparatory courses)

If you change your major, you may have to take additional math requirements depending on the new major you select. You should contact your academic advisor for more details.

Should you take the Math Placement test?

You may wish to take the Math Placement exam if one or more of the following conditions apply:

    • Your math readiness score indicates that you are not eligible to take the math course required by 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.

(Students that are required by the Office of Admissions to take the ACCUPLACER elementary algebra test for admission and learning support are not eligible to take the Math Placement Test.)

Should you choose to take the Math Placement test, it is highly recommended that you utilize the link below to prepare for the test and that you take the test prior to your scheduled Orientation date.

 If you have taken an Advanced Placement (AP) test and have earned credit for a mathematics course, you should have an official score report sent from College Board directly to the CSU Office of the Registrar. Upon receipt of the official transcript, your score(s) will be evaluated and, if appropriate, credit awarded. The AP exams that would apply to the Area A requirement are listed below.

AP Test Score Earned CSU Credit Awarded CSU Credit Hours
Calculus AB 3, 4, or 5 MATH 1131 4
Calculus BC 3, 4, or 5 MATH 1131 and MATH 1132 8

The staff of the CSU Advise will be happy to answer any questions you have about your math requirement and can be contacted at 706-507-8780.

To Schedule an Appointment to Test.......

You must test at the CSU Testing Center if you live in Columbus or the surrounding service area (within 50 miles). Appointments are required.

Appointments: When you schedule, you must confirm that you have read, and will abide by, our policies. You are also confirming that you have read the information about the test, above.

To schedule your appointment to test on campus at the Columbus State University Testing Center, click here. Read the instructions, and then select Math Placement Test from the dropdown menu.

To take the test if you live at least 50 miles outside of Columbus, you have two options. Click here for information.


Frequently asked questions about the Math Placement Exam

Q: Do I have to pay for the test? A: Yes. The test fee is $35, payable when you schedule your appointment.

Q: What is the test like? A: It is multiple-choice and taken on a computer. There is no time limit, but you cannot return to a question after you have answered it. The test begins asking algebra questions and adjusts subsequent questions according to the correctness of your responses. If you do well enough in algebra, it will start asking college level math questions, including geometry and trigonometry.

Q: May I use a calculator during the math placement test? A: Physical calculators are not permitted. Some, but not all, of the math questions contain pop-up calculators for students to use in solving the problem.

 Q: What will be covered on the test? A: The test is adaptive, so what you eventually see will depend on the correctness of your responses as you go along.

Q: Should I study for the test? A: We do recommend your preparing for the test, especially if it has been a while since you took a math course (more than a year or two). It's in your best interest to study to insure that your placement scores represent your true capability. Look at the website and click on Information for Students.

Q: How long will it take to complete the test? A: The test is untimed but you should finish within 2 1/2 hours.

Q: How soon will I get my results? A: Immediately

Q: Whom do I call to schedule the test? A: Appointments are made online. Please read the information, above, for instructions.

Q: Will the placement test score become a part of my academic transcript? A: No.