Schedule Your Math Placement Test
Math placement testing is optional for some students, and others will need to take the test.
If BGSU has an ACT/SAT math score and high school GPA on file, we will be able to assign you an automated math placement code. If we don't have that information on file, you may be required to take the test. However, even if we can assign a math placement code for you, you still may want to take a math placement test.
Who Needs to Take the Math Placement Test?
- Students who do not have both an ACT/SAT math score and cumulative high school GPA on file at BGSU.
- Students who want to improve their mathematics placement so they are eligible to take a higher-level course.
- Transfer and international students who need to take a course that requires a math placement or prerequisite course to be eligible to enroll.
Please note: You do not have to take a math placement test if you receive an automated math placement. Learn how to find your placement and more about placement codes>>
What you will need for the test:
- You cannot use a calculator or graphing calculator during the test, so we recommend having paper and a pencil ready to work out solutions.
- Leave yourself time; the test consists of 35 multiple-choice questions and lasts 60 minutes.
- After you complete your test, an email will be sent to your BGSU account with the placement code you received. If you already had a placement code, the highest code will be used. You can also look up your math placement online.
Preparing for the test
The first thing to remember is, this isn't a math test for a grade and you will not fail.
We recommend taking a moment to review how the test will be structured and reviewing our sample tests and resources and then relaxing before you begin the test.
Other material you can study to prepare for the math placement test:
There are a lot of websites with precalculus reviews. Here are some that can help you prepare for Test B and Test C.
- IXL precalculus has lots of questions for you to answer. We recommend working through sections A through J for Test B, and also do sections M, N, O for Test C.
- Coolmath precalculus gives a good overview of many topics but does not have practice problems.