​Math Placement Test

​​The purpose of the math placement test is to determine your first math class at the University of Findlay.


Who takes this test?

All incoming students must take this test.  This test is optional only for those students with college algebra, precalculus or calculus college transfer credit. 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. The test given is the Accuplacer Placement Exam for College Level Math.  Plan to bring writing utensils with you to the exam.


Additional Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  How do I prepare for the math placement test?

A: 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 algebra, precalculus, and trigonometry. You should review any of these areas that you have studied in the past.

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

No calculators are permitted for the math placement test. There is a built in scientific calculator that is available for some problems. There are 20 questions on the placement test (most problems involve more than one step or concept to solve them).

The following website has an app (for some practice questions) that can be downloaded to your phone or you can use it on a computer. These questions are similar to the kinds of questions that are on the Accuplacer Placement Exam for College Level Math.

https://accuplacer.collegeboard.org/students/prepare-for-accuplacer


Q:  When is the placement test given?

A:  The placement test is given during New Student Registration in the morning. In the afternoon your adviser will have your placement results.


Q:  What do I need to bring?

A:  Writing utensils. Everything else will be provided.


Q:  What if I have completed precalculus or calculus at my high school?  Do I still need to take the placement test?

A:  Yes, you still need to take the placement test. 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/.


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

A:  If you have college credit for precalculus, college algebra or calculus make sure to tell your adviser. You will want to request that an official transcript be sent to UF from the college where you received the credit. The college credit you received will determine your placement. Please note that college credit for statistics does not determine your placement and you will have to complete the placement test. On the morning of the placement test, ask the test proctor what you need to do.


Q:  What if I have taken the AP test in mathematics?

A:  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 UF, your schedule can be adjusted as needed. Please check with your advisor about any possible schedule changes.


Q:  What if I feel my math placement is incorrect?

A:  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 day 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 Judy McCrory at jmccrory@findlay.edu.


Q:  How long is my placement test score good for?

A:  The placement score on the test is good for two years. If a student wishes to enroll in a math course that has a prerequisite of “approved score on placement exam” after the two years, the placement test will have to be repeated.


If you have additional questions, please don't hesitate to ask your admissions counselor or call the Office of Admissions at 419-434-4732.