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Math Placement FAQs

I took the AP Calculus Exam.  Do I still need to take the OSU Math Placement Exam?

Generally, yes, however it depends on the score you recieve and when that score is submitted to OSU.  If your scores from the AP Calculus Exam are not on file with OSU prior to when enrollment begins, you may not be able to enroll in the next math class you need.  The scores from the OSU Math Placement Exam provide another piece of important information that you will discuss with your advisor regarding the best math course for you, and passing scores can remove holds to enrollment.  Additionally,  it is possible your AP Calculus Exam score will be different than what you expect.  Check with the OSU Admissions office to determine passing AP credit.


I am currently enrolled at OSU.  Do I have to take the OSU Math Placement Exam?

Yes, currently enrolled students have to take the OSU Math Placement Exam if any of the following apply:

  • You wish to enroll in one of these MATH courses: 1483, 1493, 1513, 1715, 1613, 2103, 2123, or 2144.
  • You wish to enroll in one of these STAT courses: 2013, 2023, 2053, 4013, or 4053.
  • You wish to enroll in PHYS 1114 or CHEM 1314.
  • You do not have a valid OSU Math Placement Exam score, or your score has expired (scores expire after one year).
  • You have not earned a "C" or better in a required prerequisite course.


How long will the OSU Math Placement Exam take?

You should allow 2 hours of uninterrupted time to take the exam.  The actual length of the exam will vary depending on the student.  Students must answer every question in order to receive a score.


Do I need to take a proctored version of the OSU Math Placement Exam?

Typically, yes.  Please consult the OSU Math Placement Exam Proctoring Information page for more information.


Can I take a practice exam?

There is no "practice" version of the OSU Math Placement Exam.  Students are allowed five attempts to take the exam, and the first attempt can be taken in an unproctored environment.  Students with ACT math subscores of 19 or greater, New SAT Math Section scores of 530 or greater, or Old SAT Math Section scores of 460 or greater can use their score from this first unproctored attempt for placement and/or remediation purposes.  However, students' ACT or SAT scores must be on file with OSU prior to taking the exam for the score from this attempt to count.  All other students who take their first attempt unproctored can use the score for informational purposes only (it will not count for placement or remediation).  All students should note that this first attempt will count as one of their five permitted attempts. 

Additionally, once you have completed your first attempt, you will receive access to online learning modules within the exam system that you can use for practice and study.  The learning modules are available for a 6-month period, which begins when you first accesses the learning modules. If you need more than 6 months of access, you can purchase additional access from the vendor.


How do I take the OSU Math Placement Exam proctored?

Proctoring is available at the OSU Testing Center in Stillwater and during certain orientation sessions provided by New Student Orientation and Enrollment.  The OSU-Tulsa Testing Center, the OSU-OKC Testing Center, and other locations provide proctoring for a fee. Please see the Proctoring Information page.


If I don't receive the score I want, can I take the OSU Math Placement Exam again?

Yes.  You may take the OSU Math Placement Exam up to 5 times.  You must wait 24 hours between retakes of the exam.


I thought I completed the exam but I don't have a score. What happened?

Due to the computer-adaptive nature of the exam, you must answer all of the questions in the exam to receive a score. You must enter an answer for every question or click on "I don't know" until you reach the end of the exam.  It is also possible you took a trial version of the test at, and trial versions do not count.  Another possible reason why your score is not showing up in OSU's system is that you are required to take a proctored version of the exam, but your exam was not proctored or has not yet been certified as proctored by the testing location where you took the exam.


When will I get my score?

When you reach the end of the exam, you will see a Placement Result score and a pie chart.  You may print a copy of your results for your records.  Your advisor will be able to access your score if it is a valid score.


What do these scores mean?

Your overall score will range from 0 to 100. They system also displays subscores in different math topic areas to let you know your success in each area.  It is the overall Placement Result score that matters for placement purposes.


What topics are covered in this exam?

The OSU Math Placement Exam covers:

  • real numbers (including fractions, integers, and percentages)
  • equations and inequalities (including linear equations, linear inequalities, systems of linear equations, and quadratic equations),
  • linear and quadratic functions (including graphs and functions, linear functions, and parabolas), exponents and polynomials (including integer exponents, polynomial arithmetic, factoring, and polynomial equations), rational expressions (including rational equations and rational functions
  • radical expressions (including higher roots and rational exponents)
  • exponentials and logarithms (including function compositions and inverse functions, properties of logarithms, and logarithmic equations)
  • geometry and trigonometry (including perimeter, area, and volume, coordinate geometry, trigonometric functions, and identities and equations).

The OSU Math Placement Exam is designed to place students into a range of courses and many students may not be familiar with all of these topics.  If the exam asks a question with which you are not familiar, you may click "I don't know" and move on to the next question.  It is in your best interest not to guess or use unapproved aids to answer exam questions because you may then be placed in a course for which you are not fully prepared.