Online Placement Tests

Math Placement Testing

All students entering MSU as freshmen are required to take the online Math Placement Exam before attending the Academic Orientation Program (AOP). The purpose of this exam is for advisers to select mathematics courses that best match student skill levels.

Students may take the Math Placement Exam online. If you would like to improve your score, it is possible to avail yourself of the service a second time after a four-week waiting period, and even a third time after another four-week waiting period. For students enrolling in the fall, it is requested all tests be completed by May 8, 2014 to allow advisers time to preregister students in courses at the appropriate skill level. Students enrolling in spring and summer semesters must take the exam prior to attending their AOP. Students who have taken the Math Placement Exam online are welcome to take the proctored exam at AOP if they wish to attempt to improve their score. Students may not take the Math Placement Exam after attending AOP. Students with transferable math credit at a specific level, Advanced Placement (AP) math credit, or strong ACT/SAT math scores may be exempt from the Math Placement Exam.

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Foreign Language Placement Testing

Some students, including majors in the College of Arts and Letters and James Madison College, must demonstrate foreign language proficiency. Students who major in the areas of business, natural science, journalism, education, and social studies, among others, will find foreign language skills beneficial in their study and careers.

If you have studied a foreign language and are interested in continuing this course of study (and are not bringing in AP or transferable credit), you must complete the relevant language test. The test results will determine an appropriate starting level for college language study, based on your proficiency in reading comprehension, vocabulary, grammar, and listening. It is suggested students take the placement exam even if they do not plan to immediately enroll in foreign language courses.

Foreign language placement tests in French, German, and Spanish are available and should be completed prior to attending the Academic Orientation Program. Students who have studied languages for which no placement test is offered should consult a representative of the appropriate language department during or after AOP to determine suitable placement.

For students enrolling in the fall, it is requested all tests be completed by May 8, 2014 to allow advisers time to preregister students in courses at the appropriate skill level. Students enrolling in spring and summer semesters must take the exam prior to attending their AOP. Students unable to take the test online prior to AOP or those who wish to demonstrate competency to waive requirements must take the appropriate proctored placement exam during AOP.

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