Math Placement Information

Students wishing to take the Math Placement Exam can make an appointment with the Learning Commons by calling 419-372-2823 or emailing the office. Testing times are available during limited hours; please propose multiple options for the test when contacting our office and understand that some requests cannot be met.

The placement exam is proctored by the Learning Commons staff for 60-minutes so students should allow approximately 75 minutes for the entire exam process. Students should also bring their student ID and a writing utensil. Calculators are NOT permitted on the exam. The Learning Commons will supply scratch paper for your use during the exam.

All students are required to check in at the front desk in the Learning Commons with their BGSU Student ID card. Following this, you will sign-on to a computer in our computer lab; log-in to MyBGSU via the web browser (Internet Explorer); select “No” on all of the security windows. The test is available in the Canvas, “Placement Testing On Campus,” only while in the Learning Commons.

Test Versions

There are three versions of the test (A, B, and C):

  • Test A is the easiest of the three tests.  It can result in a math placement code of 32, which is the minimum needed for enrollment in some science courses.
  • Test B is the moderately difficult test and is designed for students who have completed two years of Algebra, or for students who have completed Precalculus or above but do not feel confident with their abilities in these areas. Test B can place you as high as MATH 1280, Precalculus, or BA 1600, Business Analytics.  Test B is a good choice for Business majors.  Test B does not cover trigonometry.
  • Test C is the most difficult version and is designed for students who have had unit circle trigonometry and precalculus.  Students who recently completed Precalculus or Calculus are encouraged to take Test C. Please note, you must take Test C if you wish to start in Calculus I, MATH 1310 or MATH 1340.

Preparing for the Test

If you want to study for the placement test, there are several options you can pursue. One option is to come to The Learning Commons and speak with a tutor. You can also download and attempt several practice tests. If you are unsure which version to take, or would like to practice, you can view the following practice tests.

If you feel you need further guidance, please feel free to contact the Assistant Director of the Learning Commons for Supplemental Learning Services, Jeremy Joseph, at jjoseph@bgsu.edu or 419-372-9129. Please remember that we are not experts in every major, and as such, cannot be expected to know which Math class you need to take. It is your responsibility to know which exam you need to take or to find out prior to your appointment.