Complete placement exams

All entering freshmen at Michigan State University are required to take the online math placement exam before attending an New Student Orientation (NSO). Students who have studied a foreign language prior to MSU who wish to continue study must also complete a foreign language placement exam.

For students enrolling in the fall, it is requested all tests be completed before NSO to allow advisers time to preregister students in courses at the appropriate skill level. Students unable to take the test online prior to NSO or those who wish to demonstrate competency to waive requirements must take the appropriate proctored placement exam during NSO. 

Students enrolling in spring and summer semesters must take the exam prior to attending NSO.

Math placement testing

Students may take the math placement exam online. Students seeking to improve their score may retake the test a second or third time with a four-week waiting period between exams. Students who have taken the math placement exam online are welcome to take the proctored exam at NSO if they wish to attempt to improve their score. Students may not take the math placement exam after attending NSO.

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.

Foreign language placement testing

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 NSO. Students who have studied languages for which no placement test is offered should consult a representative of the appropriate language department during or after NSO to determine suitable placement.