Complete placement exams

All incoming international freshmen at Michigan State University are required to take the online math placement exam before attending a New Student Orientation (NSO) program.

For students enrolling in the fall, it is strongly recommended that all exams are completed by May 6, to allow advisers time to preregister students in courses at the appropriate skill level. Students unable to take the exam online prior to orientation or those who want to demonstrate competency to waive requirements must take the appropriate proctored placement exam during orientation.

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


Math placement testing

International 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 — they are also welcome to take the proctored exam at orientation if they want to attempt to improve their score. Students may not take the math placement exam after attending orientation.

Exemption from math placement exam

All entering international freshman students are required to take the Mathematics Placement Service exam unless they meet at least one of the following exceptions:

1. Students with credit in at least one of the following  MTH 103, MTH 110, MTH 116, MTH 124, MTH 132, MTH 133, MTH 234 or any math course above MTH 234  do not need to take the MPS exam.

Note: Students who transfer one of the following  MTH 112, MTH 114, MTH 201, STT 200 or STT 201 alone, with no other math course above the level of MTH 102  must take the MPS exam (online prior to or at orientation).

2. Students who have received Advanced Placement credit for calculus prior to orientation

3. Students who have either an ACT math score of at least 28 or an SAT math score of at least 660, and who will also be taking math courses at MSU