ATTENTION! If you have been admitted for the Autumn 2021 term, the test is now available. If the placement test is on your to-do list, you must complete the online test before orientation. Please find the link to your test directly through Buckeyelink.
The Math Placement Test is a one-time test with scores valid for 5 years. Requests to retake the test are likely to be denied. Lack of preparation for the test is not cause for retaking the test. Please thoroughly review for the test and take the test in a quiet space with good internet connection.
The online Math Placement Test is an important tool that determines a student's beginning placement level in math and science courses. No course credit is given for the test, but it can fulfill the basic math skills requirement for the General Education requirements. During the orientation academic advising session, advisors use the placement level to determine which mathematics course sequence students should begin during their first semester at Ohio State. Placement tests from other institutions are not used in lieu of the OSU math placement test.
Who is exempt from the Math Placement Test?
All incoming College of Engineering first-year and transfer students are required to complete Ohio State’s Math Placement Test, no exceptions. We ask that engineering students complete the Math Placement Test at least one week in advance of their orientation program.
All other non-Engineering entering students are required to take the Math Placement Test unless one of the following is true:
- Any student who has already received AP Calculus test score prior to their orientation session and received a 3, 4, or 5 on the AB or BC exam. Official results must be sent to Ohio State.
- Please note: if you recently took an AP Exam, you must take the math placement test before your orientation as AP scores will not yet be reported.
- Any student who has received IB scores prior to their orientation session and received a 4 or higher on the higher level math exam. Official results must be sent to Ohio State.
- Transfer students who have received transfer credit for a specific Ohio State math course (for example, the class shows as Math 1148 on their transfer credit report)
- Students receiving general math credit, G000.xx, must have this credit evaluated by a math advisor in order to be exempt from the Math Placement Test. After Summer 2020, we will no longer evaluate deferred credit.
Which Math Placement Test?
There are two versions of the 75-minute web-based test: B Test (arithmetic, algebra, and geometry) and the D Test (pre-calculus). When students log in to the placement test, the computer will automatically select the correct test for students based upon their highest qualifying ACT/SAT score, or the B Test by default if you did not submit a standardized test score. If you are an incoming freshman or transfer student, your math placement test level has already been set in the database through the Office of Admissions. Please take the test you have been assigned.
Students who score high enough on the B Test will automatically receive a computerized invitation to take D Test which may result in a higher placement level. If you do not receive a prompt to keep testing, you have not qualified for the D Test. Your testing is concluded.
Math Placement B Test
- New domestic freshmen with an ACT math score of 24 or lower or SAT math score of 580 or lower
- New domestic freshmen who did not submit ACT/SAT scores to the university for admission
- All domestic transfer students
Math Placement D Test
- New domestic freshmen with an ACT math score of 25 or higher (SAT math score of 590 or higher)
- All new international students
How to take the Math Placement Test?
Before Starting Classes at Ohio State
Students eligible to take the Math Placement Test and have not started classes at Ohio State can complete the assessment online as soon as possible. Plan to test in a distraction-free environment that will be uninterrupted for 75 minutes.
Students need to login to the Math Placement Test using their assigned Ohio State username (lastname.#) and password.
After Starting Classes at Ohio State
Due to COVID-19, all placement testing is online. Students must obtain a referral from the Math Advising Office in order to take the Math Placement Test. When in-person testing returns, students currently taking classes at Ohio State who have not taken the Math Placement Test must take the test in person in order to begin taking math classes.
Students may email the Math Advising Office to obtain the testing referral.
If you would like to request placement exam accommodations, you will need to submit an application and documentation to Student Life Disability Services (SLDS) prior to taking the exam. You can use this link to complete your application: New Student Application. Please allow 2-3 business days for processing. Typical accommodations may include extended time, alternative formats, and Reader/scribe. If you are interested in utilizing academic accommodations as an Ohio State student, you will need to complete the registration process. Please contact Michelle Salomone (firstname.lastname@example.org), for more information.
Students may use scratch paper, a pencil, and a scientific graphing calculator. Calculators with computer symbolic algebra or QWERTY keyboards, such as the TI-89 or TI-92, are not permitted.
The test has a time limit of 75 minutes. The time remaining will be updated after each question. For online test takers, note that time continues to run even if students close the browser window, log off their computer, or experience computer problems.
The test is multiple choice with only one correct answer per question. Partial credit is not given. Prior to testing, students can familiarize themselves with the types of problems on the test.
Interpreting Placement Score
Make certain to note the placement level code (L, M, N, R, S, T, or U) awarded at the end of the exam. To interpret placement test results and determine the best course of enrollment, please review the outline of Math Placement Test scores and their corresponding math course options.
Students who feel that their performance on the Mathematics Placement Test does not accurately reflect their mathematical skills, and those students who wish to qualify for more advanced courses, have an opportunity to take a Math Proficiency Exam.