The Math Placement Test
The Math Placement test is for students who have been placed into a math course based on their ACT/SAT scores, and which is below the level needed for their major. It is also for transfer students who need a math course.
The test given is Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics and is untimed, computer-adaptive, and consists of 20 questions. Students who attain a certain score will then be presented with the Advanced Algebra and Functions test, which is also untimed, computer-adaptive, and consists of 20 questions.
You may wish to take the Math Placement exam if one or more of the following conditions apply:
- your current math course is MATH 1001, 1101, or 1111 but you need a higher level math course for 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; or
- you have transferred in 30 or more credit hours and need to take a math course.
Students who have been placed into MATH 0997 B/C or MATH 0999 B/C are not permitted to take this test.
Retesting: Not permitted. You will be advised about how to appeal your placement after testing.
Test preparation: Please visit the ACCUPLACER web page to prepare for the test. The math placement test consists of Quantitative Reasoning, Analysis, and Statistics. If you attain a certain score on this test, you will then be presented with Advanced Algebra and Functions.
Score reports: You will be able to obtain a copy of your scores from the Student Portal on the ACCUPLACER web page.
Payment: $35. Payment is made online when you schedule your appointment.
ID requirements: You must present an unexpired government-issued photo ID with signature--driver's license, passport, military ID, state ID. The first and last name(s) on your identification must exactly match the first and last name(s) on your CSU application.
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Testing Options (Choose Carefully)
1. In-person testing at the CSU Testing Center. Schedule Your Appointment for in-person testing at the CSU Testing Center.
2. At home and proctored by Examity, an online proctor service. Examity will charge you a fee for your testing appointment, and appointments are offered 24/7/365.
Note: Before you choose this option, make sure your device meets Examity's Technical Requirements. If it does, then register and pay for the test to be taken at home via Examity. A remote testing voucher with instructions on scheduling with Examity will be emailed to you within 3 business days after your registration and payment are received.