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Taking the OSU Math Placement Exam in an Unproctored Environment

Students with ACT Mathematics subscores below 19, New SAT Math Section scores below 530, Old SAT Math Section scores below 460, or who do not have ACT or SAT scores on file with OSU

Students with ACT Mathematics scores below 19, New SAT Math Section (SAT R, offered March 2016 or later) scores below 530, Old SAT Math Section (SAT Mathematics, offered prior to March 2016) scores below 460, or who do not have their ACT or SAT scores on file with OSU may take their first attempt at the OSU Math Placement Exam unproctored, however, scores from this unproctored first attempt are for the students' information only and cannot be used to clear remediation requirements or for placement purposes. Such an attempt will count as one of a student's five permitted attempts.  Only a first attempt can be taken unproctored.  All subsequent attempts require proctoring.

Students with ACT Mathematics subscores of 19 or greater, New SAT Math Section scores of 530 or greater, or Old SAT Math Section scores of 460 or greater

Students with ACT Mathematics scores of 19 or greater THAT ARE ON FILE WITH OSU may take their first attempt at the OSU Math Placement Exam unproctored.  Scores from this first attempt can be used to clear remediation requirements and for placement purposes.  Such an attempt will count as one of a student's five permitted attempts.  All subsequent attempts require proctoring. Follow the instructions below. 

Instructions for Taking an Unproctored Exam

  • You need a computer that meets the system requirements and has a reliable internet connection. System requirements can be found by visiting the product vendor's website:  http://www.aleks.com/
  • You need a computer with OSU's version of Respondus LockDown Browser installed.  This program is available in the OSU Online Classroom (D2L).  Log into this system using your OKEY email address and password.  A link to the program can be found on your D2L home page.
  • You should allow at least 2 hours of uninterrupted time to take the exam. The amount of time the exam takes for each student will vary.  Exams started but not completed within 24 hours will expire without earning a score.
  • You are not permitted to use your own calculator. One will be provided for you on-screen for the questions that permit a calculator.
  • You should not use course notes, textbooks, websites, or other aids when completing this exam. You may use scratch paper. Use of unapproved aids may result in your placement into a math course for which you are not prepared.
  • Prior to starting the exam, you will complete a tutorial designed to familiarize you with how to enter solutions, draw graphs, and access calculators.
  • You must complete all of the questions in the exam to receive a score. Try to answer as the questions as best you can. If you do not know the answer to a question, you can click "I don't know." At the end of the exam you will see your overall score as well as subscores for the different mathematical subject areas that make up the exam.
  • Once you start an exam you must answer all of the questions before you can begin a new attempt (proctored or unproctored).  The system enforces a 24-hour wait policy between attempts. For additional information, see Frequently Asked Questions.
  • To begin the exam, launch OSU's LockDown Browser on your computer.  This browser should open to the OSU Online Classroom (D2L) login page.  Do not login here.  Instead, click the "OSU MATH PLACEMENT EXAM" link on the menu at the right, which will take you to the OSU Math Placement Exam login page.