Do I need to take a math placement test?

You will automatically be assigned a math placement code if we have an ACT/SAT math score and your high school GPA on file. If we do not have both, you may be required to take a math placement test. Please click on the drop-down links below to learn more:

Main Campus: If you do not have an ACT or SAT math score and your high school GPA on file, you will not receive an automated placement code and will need to take the math placement test. 

If you are missing one of these items, you will also need to take the math placement test. You will know we are missing one of these items if your placement is a 1 or 2.

Firelands Campus: Firelands students need to follow a separate math placement process. Please connect with your Firelands advisor for assistance.

Students who received a math placement of 11 or higher: A math placement test is not required but taking the test could result in a higher math placement code and could test out of the prerequisite course – meaning you can move on to the next course level.

Learn how to find your math placement

If you are a transfer student, it is likely we will not be able to assign you an automated placement code.

However, having a placement code may not be needed, if:

  • You already completed a math course (or courses) from another college or university, and you do not need to take any additional math credits
  • The transferred math course works as a prerequisite to a required mathematics course at BGSU.

For additional information, you can learn more on our math transfer credit web page.

Learn about math transfer credits

No Automated Placement: International students who do not have an automated math placement, and need to take a course that requires a math placement or prerequisite course to be eligible to enroll, will need to take the math placement test.

Students who received a math placement of 11 or higher: A math placement test is not required but taking the test could result in a higher math placement code and could test out of the prerequisite course – meaning you can move on to the next course level.

Learn how to find your math placement code

Students who are taking courses at BGSU as CCP students, and haven't graduated from high school, do not need to take the placement test.

CCP students who are graduating from high school and going to attend BGSU after graduation will be encouraged to take the placement test if BGSU doesn't have an ACT/SAT math score and a high school cumulative GPA on file.

However, you may not be required to take a placement test if you successfully completed college-level math course that meets your programs prerequisites. 

Please see the "First-Year Students" table for additional details.

If you have questions, please contact the CCP Office at 419-372-1537 or ccplus@bgsu.edu

Math Placement at BGSU

A math placement code is assigned to each undergraduate student so we can make sure you do not enroll in a math class before you are ready. So, having an accurate placement code on file is very important.

Regardless of your current major, having a math placement code on record will help us guide you as you design your BGSU academic journey. There are many math, science and business courses that require a minimum math placement code – and even if you don't have to take these courses now, if you change your major or declare a minor, you may need a placement code in the future.


Math Placement Overview

Your math placement code will be determined one of two ways: 

1. Automated Placement

You will receive an automated math placement code, without the need to take a test, if we have both of the following on file:

  • An ACT or SAT math score; and,
  • Cumulative High school GPA
 

2. Math Placement Test

If we cannot generate an automated placement for you, you may be required to take a math placement test before your SOAR date.

You can also take a math placement test if you would like to improve the automated placement you receive.

How to Find Your Math Placement Code

Your math placement code will be emailed to your BGSU account before orientation begins, but you can also find it on your unofficial transcript.

  1. Log in to MyBGSU
  2. Click on "Student Center"
  3. Click on "Academics"
  4. Locate your Unofficial Transcript and at the bottom you will be able to find your test scores
  5. Your code will be in the row titled "Math Placement"

You can learn more about what each code means on this page below. If you see a code of 1 or 2, you may be required to take the math placement test. If you would like to try to improve your placement code, you may also choose to take the test. 


What are Math Placement Codes?

Your math placement code is a number between 1 and 71 stored on your electronic record at BGSU and associated with specific course levels. You will not be able to enroll in a class above your placement, but you can choose to take the courses listed below that correspond to your placement code. Historically, students who have taken a course above their mathematics placement have done worse than students who were placed into the class, so it's essential to have an accurate placement.

If you believe your placement is inappropriately low, you can take a math placement test, and the highest placement will be used. If your major requires one or more of the courses listed below, you may benefit from taking a math placement test.  You can look up all majors at BGSU and see the course requirements for each one.  You can also look up all minors at BGSU.

Math Placement Codes  1  2 11 20 24 32 41 42 51 61 71
A code of 1 means we do not have an ACT or SAT math score on file. You may enroll in the courses listed under "Placement 1," but you will need to successfully complete Math 1220 or take the math placement test and receive a placement of "32" or above if you need to enroll in a higher-level course. X                    
A code of 2 means we do not have your high school GPA on file. You may enroll in the courses listed under "Placement 2," but you will need to successfully complete Math 1220 or take the math placement test and receive a placement of "32" or above if you need to enroll in a higher-level course.   X                  
MATH 1150, 1190, 1220 (all undergraduate students may register) X  X X X X X X X X X X
MATH 1230, 1280             X X X X X
MATH 1310* & 1340*                    X X
MATH 1310H* (Honors College students only)                     X
STAT 2000 (all undergraduate students may register) X  X X X X X X X X X X
BA 1600               X X X X
CHEM 1090           X X X X X X
CHEM 1230             X X X X X
CS 2010           X X X X X X
ENVS 3040           X X X X X X
ENGT 2300             X X X X X
PHYS 2010           X X X X X X
PSYC 2700           X X X X X X
SEES 3230           X X X X X X

* These courses are only recommended if you have have successfully completed a precalculus course. If you haven't taken precalculus, we strongly recommend taking MATH 1280 before registering for MATH 1310, 1310H or 1340.

Please note: Math Placement is different than Advanced Placement (AP) Credit. Students who have scored well on an advanced placement calculus test or statistics test can earn college credit and continue with the subsequent course. See the Advanced Placement page for more information. In some cases, an AP Calculus score overstates a student's preparation. Please talk with a college advisor about the option of declining AP credit and taking calculus at BGSU.


Important Details About Automated Math Placement

  • You won't receive an automated math placement until BGSU has your ACT/SAT math score and your cumulative high school GPA.
  • If you have ACT or SAT scores that you would like to submit to BGSU so that you can get an automated math placement (instead of taking the math placement test), follow the instructions to send ACT/SAT scores to BGSU under the heading "Submit official ACT or SAT test results".
  • We will start processing automated math placements in May. 
  • If we are able to assign you an automated math placement, an email will be sent to your BGSU account once we start processing math placement codes.
  • The email will include your math placement code and information about the math placement test – just in case you would like to try to improve your math placement code, but that is completely optional.
  • If you choose to take the math placement test, the highest math placement will be used to determine which courses you are eligible to enroll in.
  • If BGSU receives a new ACT or SAT score or a more recent high school GPA, your math placement code will be recalculated. If this improves your mathematics placement, you will receive an additional email sent to your BGSU account notifying you of the new placement.