Math Placement Exams
What is the purpose of the placement exam?
The placement exam may be taken by students who do not have ACT or SAT scores or by students who would like to challenge their ACT or SAT scores. You can NOT lower your current ACT/SAT scores by taking this test. High school students planning to enroll in college level math must have ACT or SAT scores.
When can a student take a placement exam?
Students are only permitted to take placement exams before beginning MTH 098/099 or the appropriate course.
Where can a student take the placement exam?
Placement exams are given on the first floor of Laidley Hall; please call (304) 696-3169 to make an appointment.
What does a student need to bring with them to take the exam?
- A photo ID (A valid driver’s license or MU ID)
- MU Student ID Number
- $10 cash, check or money order only.
There will be a calculator available on the computer for student use, pencils and scrap paper will also be provided.
What happens if I score lower than my ACT/SAT score?
Don’t worry. If the ACT/SAT score has you placed in a higher level class, you will be allowed to stay in that class.
How many times can a student take the math placement exam?
The math placement exam can be taken 2 times during your Marshall University career. There must be at least one calendar month between tests.
What happens if I don’t cancel my math placement test appointment?
University College must be notified 24 hours in advance when cancelling a placement test. The first time the appointment isn’t cancelled will result in having to wait 2 weeks to reschedule. The second time an appointment isn’t cancelled the student will need to wait one month to reschedule appointment. By cancelling the appointment with adequate notice we are able to offer the appointment to a fellow student.
Should I study before taking the placement exam?
Yes, we encourage all students to refresh their advanced math skills before taking the Compass placement exam. Sample questions can be found at http://www.act.org/compass/sample/
Questions or Comments?
Contact University College