​​​​​Math Placement Test

Placement tests are utilized for evaluation of your ability to be placed in coursework at Findlay. Placement in a course with the appropriate level of challenge is vital to your success.

By having the results of the various placement tests, academic advisors will know which course you need to be enrolled in for the upcoming semester.


Who takes this test?

The purpose of the math placement test is to determine your first math class at the University of Findlay. Most incoming students must take this test. 

This test is optional only for those students with:
  • ​College algebra, pre-calculus or calculus college transfer credit 
  • An ACT math sub-score of 28 or higher
  • An SAT math sub-score of 660 or higher

 Please note that college transfer credit will take precedence over the placement score when scheduling for classes.

When is the test taken?

The math placement test is given on campus the morning of your New Student Registration. In the afternoon your adviser will have your placement results.

How do I prepare for the math placement test?

Take some time to prepare for it. Your score on the test will determine how many semesters of math you will need to take to earn your degree. The math placement test is testing your knowledge of concepts in algebra, trigonometry and precalculus. You should review any of these areas that you have studied in the past.

Since it may have been a year or two since you have had some of this content, please take the time to look at the review material listed above. The math placement test is testing your knowledge of algebra, precalculus, and trigonometry. If there are any of these areas in which you feel weak, there are many good websites to help you. Some of these include http://www.themathpage.com and https://www.khanacademy.org/.

There is a re-test option during the first week of each semester, but there is a fee to repeat the placement test. 

What do I need to bring?

No calculators brought from home are permitted for the math placement test. You should bring writing utensils with you to the exam.

​How long is the placement test?

In the Algebra Skills Test, there are 32 questions. You will be allowed 90 minutes.

The Calculus Readiness Test contains 2 parts. In part 1, there are 20 questions and you will be allowed 90 minutes.  There will be 5 questions on part 2 and you will be allowed 45 minutes.

What if I have completed pre-calculus or calculus at my high school?  Do I still need to take the placement test?
It depends upon your most recent ACT/SAT math sub-score.

  • If your ACT score is 28 or higher/ SAT is 660 or higher, you do NOT need to take the placement test.
  • If your ACT score is 24-27/ SAT is 580 - 659, you will be taking the Calculus Readiness Test.
  • If your ACT score is less than 24/ SAT is less than 580, you will be taking the Algebra Skills Test. (A high score on this test may give you the opportunity to take the Calculus Readiness Test.)

What if I have college credit for a math class already?

Unless UF has received your official transcript and transfer credit has been approved, you should take the placement test.

The college credit you received will determine your placement. Only college credit for precalculus, college algebra, or calculus meets the prerequisites for UF math classes. (Please note that college credit for statistics does not determine your placement and you will have to complete the placement test.)

 If you believe that you have transfer credit, be sure to discuss this with your advisor when scheduling classes.

What if I have taken the AP test in mathematics?

Unless you have received your AP scores and know that you have college credit for calculus, you should take the placement test. Once your AP scores are reported to Findlay, your schedule can be adjusted as needed. Please check with your advisor about any possible schedule changes.

What if I feel my math placement is incorrect?

There will be an opportunity to re-take the placement test on either the Sunday afternoon of orientation weekend or on Tuesday evening the first week of classes. To be eligible for this re-take you (the student) must pre-register for the test at least 48-hours ahead and pay the $20 fee before you can take the test. You can pre-register by emailing us at [email protected].

How long is my placement test score good for?

The placement score on the test is good for two years.


If you have any questions about the math placement test, please email us at [email protected].