New first-year students and first-term transfer students have an opportunity to sit for a proctored, in-person proficiency exam as an additional tool for math placement. In order to qualify for the math proficiency exam, students need to complete the math placement test, have AP credit on file, and/or transfer credit on file that is a direct equivalent to an OSU math course. Students who sit for the autumn proficiency exams without meeting these requirements will have their scores cancelled and no other exams will be permitted to be taken.
Sessions for Autumn 21: August 20, 23, 25 at 10AM, 12PM and 2PM
Registering for an Autumn Proficiency Exam
To register for a proficiency exam, please visit the Testing Center webpage and carefully read all instructions below before actually registering. Remember, students must register at least 48 hours in advance to guarantee a seat.
Steps for registration
- Choose Group - Select "Autumn Semester Proficiency Tests"
- Choose an Exam - Click on the course associated with the student's initial placement, AP credit, or transfer credit. The choices are:
- Math 1050 (Placement level T or S; transfer credit for Math 1040)
- Math 1075 (Placement level S or T; transfer credit for Math 1050, 1060, or 1074)
- Math 1130* (Placement level N; transfer credit for Math 1075)
- Math 1131 (Placement level L; transfer credit for Math 1130 or 1148)
- Math 1148* (Placement level N; transfer credit for Math 1075, 1130, or 1131)
- Math 1149 (Transfer credit for Math 1148)
- Math 1150 (Placement level M; transfer students do not qualify for this EM test)
- Math 1151 (Placement level L; transfer credit for Math 1148 and 1149 or Math 1150)
- Math 1152 (Transfer credit for Math 1151; AP credit for Math 1151)
- Math 1172 (Transfer credit for Math 1151; AP credit for Math 1151)
- Math 2153 (Transfer credit for Math 1152; AP credit for Math 1151 and 1152)
*Note that students with an ACT math score of 22 or higher -OR- with an SAT math score of 530 or higher qualify to take the Math 1130 or 1148 EM test once the student has taken the math placement test.
- Exam Description - Review the information about the exam you selected.
Choose a Date & Time - Pick a day and time to take the test from the four available dates: 8/20/2021; 8/23/2021; 8/25/2021 with sessions at 10AM, 12PM and 2PM.
You must have a reservation - no walk-ins. When seats are full, testing days/times will disappear from the calendar.
- Fill in requested information being sure to register using assigned OSU name.# and OSU email address.
- Upon final submission, students will receive a confirmation email stating the location, date, and time of the chosen exam. This email is the only reminder for the test and it is the student's responsibility to save this email and remember testing reservation. You must bring an ID (BuckID, Driver's License, or Passport) to be allowed to test!
If a student wishes to take more than one math proficiency exam in order to move up multiple levels in a math class, they must wait on the results of the first exam before signing up for the second exam.
Students should arrive at the Testing Center at least 15 minutes before their scheduled exam with pencils, their BuckID, a facemask, and an approved calculator for their proficiency exam (see below for calculator guidelines). If students arrive late, they forfeit the right to take exam. Any applicable fees for the exam will not be refunded. Students must turn in their tests at the end of the two hours allotted for the exam.
Students have only one chance to take any single proficiency test. If the test is not passed, there will be no additional chances to advance. Students who do not prepare for the EM tests generally do not give themselves much chance to move ahead. Thus, students should study for the test accordingly. For study materials and syllabi, please see our course listings.
Students who pass their proficiency exam will be notified by the Math Advising Office, via students' OSU email (name.#) by 5 pm the next business day. If no email is received from the math advisors, students should assume they did not pass.
Only a non-CAS (Computer Algebra System) graphing calculator ar permitted, TI-83 and TI-84 are permitted. If the calculuator is chosen to be used for problems that do not specifically require an algebraic solution, a clear explaination and a sketch of all graphs or tables used to solve the problem are required.
Proficiency exams for Math 1130, Math 1131, Math 1148, Math 1149, Math 1150, and Math 2153:
A graphing calculator without a QWERTY keyboard (e.g. TI-84) is allowed for use on these exams, but students must justify their answers by showing work to get full credit. Cellphones, laptops, or other electronic devices with full QWERTY keyboards are not permitted and will be removed during the test. Once again, no retesting is permitted so it is imperative that students have the appropriate, approved calculator when taking their proficiency exam.
No calculators are permitted on these exams.
All exams are taken in person at The Ohio State University Testing Center located at:
585 Student Academic Services Building
281 West Lane Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43210