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Math Placement Tool - On-Campus Schedule

General Information about the Math Placement Tool

The proctored Math Placement Tool is given on a "walk-in" basis ( when classes are in session) in the Precalculus Center's testing area (Weber 138) according to the table shown below. This tool consists of 50 multiple choice questions and covers topics in College Algebra, Numerical & Analytic Trigonometry, and Logarithms & Exponential Functions. Students are allowed two hours and twenty minutes to complete the tool. Calculators are allowed, but you must use the on-screen TI-84 calculator provided on Precalculus Center testing computers when completing the tool in the Precalculus Center. Reference materials may not be used during the Math Placement Tool.

The Math Placement Tool may be completed twice. Placement results are available immediately. Incoming students can complete the Tool remotely (with no proctoring required) prior to their term of admission.

Students who have already completed the Math Placement Tool and do not place into the math course required by their degree program may study and retry the Math Placement Tool or can complete the Entry-Level Mathematics (ELM) Tutorial and take the ELM Exam instead. Please note that the ELM Exam can be used to place into MATH 117 only.

Do I need to complete the Math Placement Tool?

In general, most entering first-year students will need to complete the Math Placement Tool to register for MATH 117 or above. This requirement is waived for students who have scored 3,4, or 5 on an Advanced Placement Calculus Exam (either AB or BC), passed an appropriate IB Exam, or have transfer credit in a math course at the level of College Algebra or above. Transfer students who have not transferred any mathematics courses to Colorado State may need to begin with Math Placement. Use the link below for help determining if you need Math Placement.

Do I need to complete the Math Placement process?

Is there a fee?

A CSU processing fee of $15 is automatically charged to your student account the first time you complete the Math Placement Tool. This is a one time fee and covers subsequent Math Placement attempts, the ELM Tutorial, and the Precalculus Tutoroial. If you need to complete the ELM Tutorial and take the ELM Exam, you will not be charged again.

What do I need to bring?

To complete the Math Placment Tool or take the ELM Exam in the Precalculus Center, you need to bring a pencil or pen and identification that includes your photo and student ID number. Currently enrolled students are required to bring their Colorado State RamCard as identification. Incoming students who do not yet have a CSU ID should bring a photo ID (eg. driver's license) and stop in the Precalculus Center Office (Weber 136) before enering the testing area. The testing computers in the Precalculus Center will provide an on-screen TI-84 calculator.

For "walk-in" exams, plan to arrive at the Precalculus Center well before the closing time listed below to be certain you will have all the time allowed for the Math Placement Tool or ELM Exam.

The Precalculus Center testing area doors close 15 minutes prior to the Center's closing time, and no new placaement sessions or exams may be started after doors are closed. All work must be submitted by the Center's closing time.

FALL, 2020
Monday, August 24 - Friday, November 20
(** CLOSED September 7 )
9:00 am - 4:00 pm Mon-Fri
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm Mon-Thurs
Math Placement Tool & ELM Exam "walk-in"
Precalculus Center, Weber 138
FALL, 2020, Fall Break to Finals Week
Monday, November 23 - Friday, December 11Precalculus Center operations moving online."Walk-in" testing not available
FALL, 2020, Finals Week
Saturday, December 12 - Sunday, December 20Precalculus Center is CLOSED"Walk-in" testing not available
SPRING, 2021
Tuesday, January 19 - Friday, May 8
(** CLOSED March 15-19 )
9:00 am - 4:00 pm Mon-Fri
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm Mon-Thurs
Math Placement Tool & ELM Exam "walk-in"
Precalculus Center, Weber 138
SPRING, 2021, Finals Week
Saturday, May 9 - Sunday, May 17Precalculus Center is CLOSED"Walk-in" testing not available

NOTE: you must have your RamCard (CSU ID card) with you to take an exam in the Precalculus Center. Contact the RamCard Office in the Lory Student Center (491-2344) if you have questions.