Math Placement

Because all undergraduate programs at the Ohio State ATI require some work in mathematics, all entering freshmen are required to take the Mathematics Skills Assessment. You should complete this testing requirement no later than two days prior to orientation and can do so online (see instructions below). If you do not take the assessment prior to orientation, you must arrive to take the exam the day before your orientation date at 2:30 p.m. to complete the exam. If you receive an undetermined ("U") score, you must arrive at 7:30 a.m. the day of your orientation session to complete a second assessment on campus. 

  • You are not required to take the Mathematics Skills Assessment if:
    • You have received transfer credit for Math 1050 or higher.
    • You received General or Deferred/Unknown mathematics credit that has been evaluated by a mathematics counselor exempting you from the assessment (refer to Understanding Your Transfer Credit Report for details).
    • You received a score of 3, 4, or 5 on the AB or BC Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus exam while in high school. You will need to have an official copy of your AP test scores sent directly to Undergraduate Admissions to receive credit
  • You are required to take the Mathematics Skills Assessment if:
    • Your credit for college course work in mathematics is not transferring to Ohio State.
    • You have received math credit designated as Special (S000), Technical (T000), or Undefined Technical (Und Tech.).
    • You have received General (G000) or Deferred/Unknown (D000) math credit, unless you have the credit evaluated by a mathematics counselor from the Math Counseling Office prior to your orientation session. More on math advising: www.math.osu.edu/ugadvising.
 
Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus test
  • If you will not have your AP Calculus test scores by two days prior to your orientation session, you will need to take the mathematics skills assessment by the two day testing deadline.
  • If you take the math assessment and receive your AP scores before your orientation session, bring a copy of the scores with you to orientation, as those results will be used in determining your appropriate math placement
  • If you receive a score of 3, 4, or 5 on the AB or BC Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus exam, those results will be used in determining your appropriate math placement.
  • If you have not had your scores sent to Undergraduate Admissions, please bring your copy with you to orientation and contact the AP Program at 1-888-CALL4AP to have an official copy sent.
  • College credit in mathematics 
  • If you have taken college math courses and had the transcript(s) of those courses sent from your previous college to Undergraduate Admissions, you will be able to view your transfer credits on your Student Center, available on buckeyelink.osu.edu.
 
Instructions for completing the Mathematics Skills Assessment
 
The math placement test will be available online after April 30. You must complete the math assessment at least 2 days prior to your orientation session. (You can also take it the night before IF you print off the score and bring it with you to Orientation.) There are two versions of the Mathematics Skills Assessment: Test B and Test D. If you have an ACT math score of 24 or lower (SAT math score of 560 or lower), you will take Test B. If you have an ACT math score of 25 or higher (SAT math score of 570 or higher), you will take Test D. Scoring high enough on the B Assessment will allow you to take the D Assessment (pre-calculus) during orientation, which may result in a higher placement level. If you have an unreported Act or SAT math score that would qualify you for Test D, contact the Office of Testing at (614) 292-2241 (8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday). 
 
NOTE: The Math Skills Assessment is used only as a placement tool. No course credit will be given, nor will the assessment fulfill any math requirements for your chosen major. The assessment has a maximum time limit of 75 minutes. Please provide yourself with an environment that will give you uninterrupted time and an atmosphere conducive for working math problems. 
 
Students with disabilities should contact Silvia Henriss, Coorddinator for Disability Services, at (330) 287-1253 to make alternate arrangements for taking the math assessment. This includes students with disabilities who may need extended time, as well as students who need a scribe, a reader, an interpreter, or other support services. Documentation must be provided to determine eligibility before authorization can be given for accommodations.
 
Since your score on the math assessment determines your beginning placement level in math and science courses, you are encouraged to review the appropriate topics prior to taking the test. Sample problems for both exams, topics covered, and additional information can be found at www.math.osu.edu/ugadvising/MPTtopics.
 
Step 1: Obtain your Ohio State Username (lastname.#)
If you haven't already, obtain your Ohio State Username and set up delivery of your Ohio State e-mail at my.osu.edu. If you experience probems related to activating your username, contact the Office of Information Technology at (614) 688-HELP, 8help@osu.edu, or by TDD at (614) 688-8743.
 
It is important that you remember to write down your Ohio State Username (lastname.#) and password and bring it with you to orientation. Your username and password is issued to you only, so it is important that you safeguard the password and not share it with anyone.
 
Before the assessment begins, you will be asked to specify the math courses you completed in high school and the grade you received for each. You should check your high school math courses and grades before taking the assessment, so that you are able to provide accurate information. 
 
Step 2: Take the Mathematics Skills Assessment 
The math placement test will be available online after April 30 at https://buckeyelink3.osu.edu/secure/math.
  1. Netscape version 4.06 or higher or Internet Explorer 4.0 or higher is required.
  2. You may use either an IBM-compatible PC or Mac.
  3. Many students experience difficulty using AOL. We recommend that you switch to a different browser and do not use AOL for the assessment.
 
Login using your Ohio State Username (lastname.#) and password from Step 1.
 
Thoroughly read the Mathematics Skills Assessment instructions, specifically noting the following:
You may use scratch paper, pencil, and a scientific or graphing calculator (you should not use a calculator with computer symbolic algebra or QWERTY keyboard).
The test is timed for 75 minutes and the time remaining will be updated after you answer each question.
The test is entirely multiple-choice with only one correct answer. Partial credit is not given.
 
The above information has been extracted from http://orientation.osu.edu/fresh_au_placement.html and has been adapted to the OSU ATI.