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ASU Mathematics Placement Test (Required)

Please note that completing all of the steps in preparation for and including the Mathematics Placement Test can take anywhere from 3-8 hours. Please plan accordingly.

All incoming freshman students must complete the ASU Math Placement Test before attending orientation and enrolling in classes, including incoming freshmen who have already received AP math credit. Transfer students are also required to take the Math Placement Test unless they have transferred an equivalent prerequisite course for the ASU mathematics course they intend to take. If you think you have a course that you can transfer in, please check https://transfer.asu.edu/credits and use the Transfer Credit Guide. It is recommended that all students take the Mathematics Placement Test just in case their course doesn’t count as an equivalent prerequisite.

Once you've begun the Math Placement Test, you have two hours to complete it. You cannot save your place and come back to the test. Please allow 24-48 hours for your score to appear on My ASU.

Your advisor will review your placement test score and your major math requirements to determine the appropriate math course for you.

Getting set up (this part is easy, just follow each step. Time estimate: 30-40 min.)
  1. ​So that you can go back and forth between these instructions and each step of the set up, open up a new tab or window in your browser and go to https://webapp4.asu.edu/ecollege-mathtest/. After entering your ASURITE UserID and password, you will be on the Course Home page. Please read through the description of the ASU Math Placement Test.

    If you receive an authentication error when you attempt to access the Math Placement Test using a PC, please try one of the following browsers to resolve the situation: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer. If you're attempting to access the Math Placement Test using a Mac and you receive an authentication error, please ensure that cookies are enabled.

  2. At the bottom of the description, you will find two links instructing you to run a browser check and to watch a short tutorial on how to enter your answers during the test. First, run the MyMathTest Browser Check to be certain your Web browser and the testing software are compatible. Now you’re ready to watch the tutorial, How to Enter Answers Using the MathXL Player. (Make sure your volume is on.)
  3. Next, return to the Course Home page and select the General Information link in the left menu. On the new page, select Use Agreement: General Information. (If you have pop-ups blocked on your browser, you will be asked to allow them for this site.)
  4. Your browser will open a new tab. Select General Information. You will now be on a page titled Are you ready to start? You will be answering two sample questions to make sure you and your computer are ready to take the practice test or the placement test. If you want to review how to enter answers, click on the tutorial. When you want to proceed, select “I am ready to start.”
  5. Make sure you understand what scores are needed for placement in each math course and the difference between the Math Placement Test and the Advanced Placement Test. Continue to the next page by clicking on the circle for “I have read the General Description above” and then clicking the Next Question button at the bottom of the page.
  6. Read through the information about the practice test. We encourage all students to take the free practice test before attempting the Math Placement Test. We have found that it helps students prepare mentally and become comfortable with the test pages and answering the questions. To complete this page, click on the circle indicating you have read the information and then select Submit Test.
  7. You will end up on a results page. To continue to the practice or placement test, return to the browser tab for the Math Placement Test, and go to the Course Home page.
How to take the Math Placement Practice Test (time estimate: up to two hours)
  1. On the Course Home page, select Mathematics Placement Practice Test in the left menu.
  2. On the new page, select the link for the Math Placement Practice Test, which will open in a new tab that looks like the General Information “test” you took earlier. Select the Mathematics Placement Practice Test (Algebra).
  3. Your practice test begins with an intro page, to make sure you are ready to begin. If you’d like to review how to enter your answers on the test, select the link to the tutorial. If you are ready to begin, select “I am ready to start.”
  4. After you complete the first information page, you will begin the test. When you answer each question, use the Next button to move on to the next problem. When you have finished all 27 questions, and you do not want to make any more changes, submit your practice test.

    If you are not satisfied with your unofficial score from the practice test, we recommend you refresh your math skills using one or both of the following methods before starting the Math Placement Test.

    • ASU Math Refresher: Free (ASU provides online refresher modules for all content covered in the test. Review them all or only the ones you need.)
    • Study Plan: Free (MyMath Test creates a study plan for you based on the results of your practice test or the actual test. Follow your study plan to practice and sharpen your skills. It is available on the Course Home page, in the left menu directly under Course Home.)

If you are satisfied with your unofficial score, we recommend you begin the actual placement test.

How to take the Math Placement Test (time estimate: up to two hours)
  1. Begin at the Course Home page (see the first step "Getting set up"). Select the Mathematics Placement Test in the left menu.
  2. On the new page, select the link for the Mathematics Placement Test, which will open in a new tab entitled Tests. Select Math Placement Test 1.
  3. Your test begins with a page titled Are you ready to start? If you are, click on the "I am ready to start" button. After you complete each question, use the Next button to move on to the next problem. When you have finished all 25 questions, and do not want to make any more changes, select Submit Test.

Tips for test success:

  • Take the test in a quiet environment, free from distractions.
  • Make sure you are well rested before starting the test.
  • Remember, once you begin the test, you have two hours to complete it.
  • You should take the entire test even if you are encountering problems that you don’t understand. Unlike many tests, the Math Placement Test does not necessarily become progressively harder, so continue the test until it is completed.
Review your score

After completing the placement test, you will be taken to the Test Summary page where you will see your score. Placement scores are loaded within 24-48 hours from the test environment to My ASU. Once your test score has been loaded to My ASU, you will see it under My Classes > Grades & Transcripts > Transcripts & Test Scores > Placement/Admission Scores. Once your score is posted in your My ASU, you will be able to enroll in the appropriate math course (unless you have registration holds on your account).

Use the following table to determine which class you are eligible to take based on your Math Placement Test score.

Score on Mathematics Placement Test Math Class Placement
0 - 31.9 MAT 110: Enhanced Freshman Mathematics
32 – 39.9 MAT 142: College Mathematics, IF YOUR MAJOR REQUIRES IT
MAT 110: Enhanced Freshman Mathematics, IF YOUR MAJOR DOES NOT REQUIRE MAT 142
40 – 49.9 MAT 117: College Algebra
50 - 55.9 MAT 119: Finite Mathematics
MAT 170: Precalculus
MAT 171 Precalculus: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
STP 226: Elements of Statistics
56 - 59.9 MAT 210: Brief Calculus
MAT 251: Calculus for Life Sciences
60 – 100 AND 38 – 62 on Advanced Placement Test MAT 270: Calculus with Analytic Geometry I
MAT 265: Calculus for Engineers I
Retaking the Math Placement Test

If you do not receive your desired score on the Math Placement Test, you may retake it. Before retaking the test, we recommend you refresh your math skills with one or both of the following tools:

  1. ASU Math Refresher: Free (Review all the refresher modules or only the ones you need.)
  2. Study Plan: Free (Available on the Course Home page, in the left menu directly under Course Home.)

Tip: Three out of four students who have retaken the Math Placement Test improved their scores enough to place into college-level math.

Taking the Advanced Placement Test

If your major requires MAT 265 or MAT 270 and you earned a score of 60 or higher on the Math Placement Test, you will also need to take the Advanced Placement Test that measures your skills in trigonometry. Just as with the Math Placement Test, you will be able to take a practice test (Advanced Placement Practice Test) and view your personalized study plan with suggestions for topics to review. Begin at the Course Home page and select the practice or placement test. Proceed as you did for the Math Placement Test.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Math Placement Test?

The Math Placement Test covers a broad spectrum of middle school and high school mathematics. The test consists of 25 questions of varying degrees of difficulty. By the end of the assessment, you may have found some questions generally challenging.

It is likely that you will be asked questions on material you have not yet learned. On such questions it is appropriate not to answer. Try your best to answer the questions. If you do not know, don't guess. On any question that you have familiarity with, however, it is important to do your best. If you do not try your best on the assessment, you may be placed in a course below your skill level, which may result in you needing to take additional math courses.

Who is required to take the Mathematics Placement Test?

All incoming freshman students are required to take the Mathematics Placement Test, including incoming freshmen who have already received AP math credit. Transfer students are also required to take the Mathematics Placement Test unless they are transferring an equivalent math prerequisite for the ASU mathematics course they intend to take.

Is there a practice test I can take before taking the Math Placement Test?

Yes, please refer to the How to take the Math Placement Practice Test section above.

Remember that the practice test does not count as one of your attempts of the Math Placement Test, and you must take the Math Placement Test for an official score.

How do I access the Math Placement Test?

Yes, please refer to the How to take the Math Placement Test section above.

Do I need to install any plug-ins prior to taking the Mathematics Placement Test?

Some Web browsers might not be compatible with some software. Please make certain you run the MyMathTest Browser Check before taking the test; see Getting set up, step number 2 above.

Is the Math Placement Test free?

Yes, two attempts of the placement test are allowed.

Beginning the test, whether you complete it or not, counts as one attempt of the test. Before you make your first attempt at the Math Placement Test, be sure you are ready and able to complete it within two hours. 

A study plan is created by the system after you take the practice test or the actual test (see Retaking the Math Placement Test, option B above). The study plan can be used for reviewing topics for improvement either before the first attempt or, if a sufficient score is not achieved on the first attempt, prior to the second attempt.

Is it possible to take the placement test more than twice?

If you experience technical difficulties or your score does not place you into your desired math placement, you may request a third attempt.

How do I view my score?

You will see your score immediately after you complete and submit your test. You may also view your score by logging into the Math Placement Test and selecting the Test Scores button in the left menu. On the new page, select gradebook to see the summary of all your scores (General Information, Practice Test if you took one, etc.).

Once scores are loaded into the ASU system, you can view yours on My ASU, under Test Scores. Math Placement Test scores are retrieved and loaded daily, usually at 10 a.m. You will not be able to register for classes until the score shows on the Test Scores page of your My ASU. To ensure scores are available at the time of your orientation, it is recommended that you start this process a week in advance.

How long are my Mathematics Placement Test scores valid?

It is crucial that the scores be reflective of your current mathematical knowledge. Therefore, the scores are valid for 12 months.

What if I do not obtain the required minimum score for courses?

You may take the placement test again for a better score. Before retaking the test, we encourage you to review your math skills with one of the following:

  • ASU Math Refresher : Free
  • The  Study Plan  available on the left menu of the Course Home page: Free
What if I do not obtain the required minimum score for MAT 142 or MAT 117?

If you need to take MAT 142 but scored lower than 32 percent on the Math Placement Test, you are eligible to enroll in MAT 110, a math refresher course. If you need to take MAT 117 but scored lower than 40 percent on the Math Placement Test, you are eligible to enroll in MAT 110.

I have a Math Placement Test score of 35 percent. My major map says I need to take MAT 117, but I did not obtain the required minimum score of 40 percent. Should I take MAT 142 first?

No, you should take MAT 110. MAT 142 is not a prerequisite for MAT 117 and covers different material.

If my major map requires MAT 170 or above and my Math Placement Test score was below a 50 percent, what do I register for?

You will need the MAT 117 course prior to MAT 170. If you don't meet the placement score requirement for MAT 117, you will need to register for MAT 110 first.

How do I get technical support for the Math Placement Test?

For Pearson technical support assistance, you can speak with a technician 24/7 by calling 1-855-278-5080, option 3. While logged on to the Placement Test webpage, your Course Home page also has a link to Tech Support at the top right of the page.

How do I get math advising support?

If you have questions about your placement test scores and the courses you should take for your degree program, contact your academic advisor in your major. Your advising contact information is located in My ASU.

My Math Placement Test score is higher than 39.9 percent. My major map says I need to take MAT 142. Do I have to take a higher math class because of my score, or can I still take MAT 142?

You can still take MAT 142, even if you score higher than what is required to take that class.

Is MAT 142 more difficult than MAT 117 and MAT 119 since it is a higher number?

No, MAT 142 is actually just a different math track than MAT 117 and MAT 119.

If I have earned MAT credits by AP, IB or CLEP exams, am I required to take the placement exams?

No, if you have equivalent prerequisite credits, then you do not have to take the exams.

I am visually impaired. Is there an alternative testing option?

If you need any special accommodations, please contact the Disability Resource Center here: http://www.asu.edu/studentaffairs/ed/drc/services_testing.htm

If I do not place into MAT 265 or 270 and I need it for my major, what is the appropriate class for me to enroll in?

You should enroll in MAT 171.