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OSU Math Placement Exam

Oklahoma State University requires all incoming freshman and transfer students to complete the Math Placement Exam to access preparation for math courses. The OSU Math Placement Exam is designed to find the strengths and weaknesses of students'mathematical knowledge, report results to students, and, if necessary, provide online learning modules for improving their knowledge to prepare for the appropriate course.


Oklahoma State University has found through years of analysis that ACT and SAT scores are not a strong predictor of student success in college math courses. The OSU Math Placement Exam is a much better predictor of what content students know and what material they are ready to learn next.  


Additional information regarding the OSU Math Placement exam can be found here.      


There is a $10 fee payable to OSU-Tulsa. Fees can be paid by using credit card (cardholder must be present with ID), cash in the bursar office, or current students may charge to their OSU Bursar account.



Walk-in testing is not available at this time. Students/examinees may contact the Testing Center to arrange an appointment for the Math Placement Exam during the Testing Center's normal hours of operation.


Required Identification

Examinees must present an acceptable photo ID before being permitted to test. Acceptable forms of identification include a driver's license, school I.D., military I.D., health department I.D. or current passport.


What to bring

Examinees must bring their email address and password and CWID number. Examinees will not be permitted to test without these three pieces of information. To find CWID number, students may log in to O-Key. Calculators are not permitted.


Scoring Information

A percentage and a pie chart will be generated at the end of the exam. The pie chart shows strengths and weaknesses and the percentage will show which course the examinee places in.


To be placed in: Course Description OSU Math Placement Exam OR Minimum Grade of "C" in:
MATH 1493 Applications of Modern Mathematics 30 MATH 1483 or 1513
MATH 1483 Mathematical Functions and their Uses 35 MATH 1513
MATH 1513 College Algebra 45 MATH 1483
MATH 1583 Applied Geometry & Trigonometry 50 MATH 1483 or 1513
MATH 1715 Pre-Calculus 55  
MATH 1613 Trigonometry 60 MATH 1513
MATH 2103 Elementary Calculus 60 MATH 1483 or 1513, or 1715
MATH 2123 Calculus for Technology Programs I 65 MATH 1715 OR 1613
MATH 2144 Calculus I 75 MATH 1715 OR 1613
PHYS 1114   75  


Retest Policy

Students must wait 24 hours between exam attempts and are permitted no more than five attempts in an 11-month period (including practice exams).


The test is highly reliable, and a student's score is unlikely to change between subsequent testing sessions unless action is taken through using the learning modules in the OSU Math Placement Exam, participation in tutoring sessions or participation in some other type of math refresher activity. Students can access learning modules by logging back into the OSU math placement exam system. An option to access the learning modules will be available.

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