​Math Placement Test Procedures

​​The purpose of the Mathematics Placement Test is to determine your first mathematics 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 precalculus or calculus college transfer credit

When is the test taken?

The Mathematics Placement Test is given on campus the morning of your New Student Registration. You may bring a calculator (either a scientific or graphing calculator, but not one with an algebra system such as TI-89 or TI-92) to use during the test. 

Additional Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  What is the best way to prepare for this test? 

A:  We recommend reviewing the sample Compass Math Test.

Q:  Why should I prepare for this test?

A:  The results of this test determine how many mathematics classes you will have to take at UF to earn your degree.  You want to make sure you are placed into the appropriate class so that you can be successful and not take unnecessary classes.

Q:  When is the placement test given?

A:  The placement test is given during student orientation in the morning.  In the afternoon your adviser will have your placement results.

Q:  What do I need to bring to take the placement test?

A:  You will want to bring your calculator with you as well as something to write with.

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 had some of this content, please take the time to look at the review material listed above.

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 evening of orientation weekend or on Monday evening the first day of classes.  To be eligible for this re-take you (the student) must contact Judy McCrory ( jmccrory@findlay.edu).  You may be asked to provide documentation to support your request. 

Q:  How long is my placement score good?

A:  The placement score on the test is good for two years.  If a student wishes to enroll in a mathematics 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 counselor or call the Office of Admissions at 419-434-4732.