Math Placement

If you have read the instructions and are prepared to take the Math Placement Exam, log in now with your Ohio State Username and password: https://buckeyelink3.osu.edu/secure/math.Students must complete math placement testing online five days prior to their Orientation date.

It is best to complete this test as early as possible. Completing the test no less than five days prior to your Orientation date allows time for your results to post and be reviewed to confirm you have a viable score prior to your Orientation.

NOTE: The Math Skills Assessment is used as a placement tool. No course credit will be given nor will the assessment fill any math requirements for your chosen major. Since your score on the math assessment determines your beginning placement level in math and science courses.

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 prior to your orientation session. For evaluation of General or Deferred/Unknown math credit, follow the instructions for doing so on your Transfer Credit Report.
  • You have submitted college transcripts, but have not yet received a Transfer Credit Report by five days prior to your orientation session.

There are two versions of the 75 minute Mathematics Skills Assessment: Test B and Test D (your confirmation letter indicates which version is required for you.)

Test B: ACT math score of 24 or lower (SAT math score of 560 or lower),

Test D: ACT math score of 25 or higher (SAT math score of 570 or higher),

*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.

You are not required to take the Mathematics Skills Assessment if:

  • You have received transfer credit for a specific Ohio State math course (e.g., Math 1151).
    • 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 sent a Transfer Credit Report listing your transfer credit.
  • 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.
    • If you will not have your AP Calculus test scores by three days prior to your orientation session, you will need to take the mathematics skills assessment by the five-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.
  • You are a nontraditional student who is 23 years of age or older. If you are a nontraditional student and choose not to take the math assessment, you will be placed in Math 1050, an introductory math course. You may take the assessment if you wish to begin at a higher level.
Students with disabilities should contact Student Success Services Disability Services, at (330) 287-1258 to make alternate arrangements for taking the math assessment.