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Math Placement

Placements are not exemptions. Each of OHIO's placement exams are designed to identify the course in which a student should begin. A placement does not exempt a student from a required course.



If you are part of the QPASS pilot, please click HERE for information about your math placement


New and incoming Athens campus students can take the Math Placement Exam online via your BlackBoard account, if you want to improve your current Math Placement. All Athens campus students have a Math Placement based on their math ACT/SAT score submitted to Admissions, or by classes transferred in from another institution. New students are NOT required to take the Math Placement.

→ To determine if you need to take the math placement test,
please answer this three-question survey.

If you would like to improve your Math Placement (by one level only), please log-on to BlackBoard,https://blackboard.ohio.edu/, and sign-in with your OHIO ID and password. The Math Placement Exam will be under the "My Organizations" tab. It is extremely important that the browser check is completed prior to attempting the placement and you must use Firefox as your internet browser. Only one math placement will be available to you in Blackboard and that placement may be attempted twice. Please email the Math Department if you do not have access to the placement in BlackBoard.

Note that the Math Department handles placement for Athens Campus students only.


3 Sections about Math Placement Tests

1—Information about Math Placement at Orientation

If you would like to improve your math placement by taking the math placement exam, please do so before you arrive at Orientation so you are prepared for your course registration. Instructions regarding how to take the Math Placement are included in the information below.

The University uses a student's ACT or SAT math score to determine the student's skill level for placement unless the Tier I quantitative skills requirement has been satisfied by transfer or Advanced Placement credit. Students without ACT, SAT scores, Advanced Placement, or a transferable math course must take an online Math Placement Exam. Students in some majors are required to take a Math Placement Exam regardless of transfer or Advanced Placement credit in order to meet requisite requirements. The choice of the course in which you should enroll (if any) depends on your major, University Catalog of Entry, and Math Placement. Discuss all course selections with your academic advisor (see chart below).

Please be careful and check that both the lecture section of the science or math class is on the same campus as the lab section.


2—How to take the Math Placement at Home

Remember: use Firefox and complete the browser check in Blackboard before you start

If you are a new student or a current student who does not have a Math Placement or would like to improve your placement you may register to take the online math placement. Log-on to Blackboard, https://blackboard.ohio.edu/, with your OHIO ID and password. The test will be located under your Organizations tab. If you do not see the test, please email orientation@ohio.edu your OHIO ID, name and current Math Placement level.

Note for OPIE Students about the Math Placement: students are permitted to take the Math Placement once they have been approved to take part-time academic coursework, meaning they have earned a score of 500 or better on the TOEFL test. The Math Placement consists primarily of word problems, so if students' English is not strong enough to understand the word problems, they will not do well on the test.


3—Information about BlackBoard Math Placement (Only for students without a Math Placement or Moving from a PL 1 or PL2)

Math Placement on Blackboard

This test will be offered online via your blackboard account at https://blackboard.ohio.edu/. Please log in with your OHIO ID and password and your test will be listed under the "Organizations" section.

Technology Information

To take the test, please click on the test name. Once you have completed the test, our office will take care of updating your score if necessary. If you experience any technical issues, please call Blackboard Support at 740.593.1222.

Math Placement Test Instructions for Students Testing From PL1 to PL2 OR PL2 to PL3, or Students Without a Placement

You must complete the test in one sitting, and you will have 45 minutes to finish. It is to your benefit to select a response for each question; there is no penalty for guessing. This test was written so that a calculator, while permitted, will not provide any advantage; so you do not need a calculator to take this test. Click on Placement Test to your left for instructions to begin the test. If your browser asks you to run the Blackboard equation application, make sure to "allow" it. Otherwise you won't be able to see the questions.

To move up in placement you will use the following guidelines:

  • To Test into PL2 Level: There are 16 questions.You will need 12 correct answers to move from PL1 to PL2.
  • To Test into PL3 Level: There are 16 questions.You will need 12 correct answers to move from PL2 to PL3.
  • If your Math Placement Level is Not Determined:
    • 0-5 correct answers is a DV Placement
    • 6-12 correct answers is a PL1
    • 13-18 correct answers is a PL2
    • 19-24 correct answers is a PL3
Math Course
Progression Chart

This chart explains the appropriate sequence of math courses to follow after taking the math placement.

See a larger version of this Math Course Progression Chart

math course progression chart - placement test

Math Placement Text questions? Please contact OHIO's Department of Mathematics.


External Credit

Transferring External Exam and Course Credit to Ohio University 

Ohio University recognizes several kinds of transferable credits, including college level courses taken at other universities and certain credits by examination (AP, IB, etc.). Ensuring your records are complete prior to attending Bobcat Student Orientation will greatly increase your ability to create a complete and appropriate schedule. To ensure that either your test scores or official transcripts have been received prior to orientation, check your OHIO Student Center to-do list or call Undergraduate Admissions at 740-593-4100. 

For advising purposes, it is also helpful to bring copies of any external credit with you to Orientation. 

College-Level Credit from Another Institution 

In general, college level courses taken at regionally accredited institutions will transfer to Ohio University. This includes courses taken while in high school via PSEO and dual enrollment. Courses taken at any of the public colleges or universities in Ohio with grades of "D-" or better will transfer. Courses taken from private and out-of-state institutions will transfer if the grade earned in the class is "C-" or better.

External Examination Credit 

If you have taken AP or IB courses and their corresponding assessments or any of the other examinations listed below you may receive college level credit. 

  • Advanced Placement (AP) 
  • College Level Examination Program (CLEP) 
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) 
  • Excelsior College Examinations (ECE) 
  • Project Lead the Way 

Official Advanced Placement (AP) exam scores are not made available until the first week of July for exams taken in May so they will not show on your record until after orientation. For a full list of equivalencies, please visit www.ohio.edu/admissions/transfer. 

Please request that your test score reports or an official (sealed) copy of your transcript from each college and university that you have attended be sent directly to Undergraduate Admissions, Ohio University, 120 Chubb Hall, 1 Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701. It is important to note that you will need to initiate the sending of your transcripts and that it sometimes takes up to 4 to 6 weeks for them to be processed and evaluated.

Transfer Credit questions? Please contact OHIO's Office of Undergraduate Admissions.