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Take the Math Placement Exam

All incoming students to American University, either transfers or freshmen, must take the mathematics placement test. Even if you have AP, IB, or transfer credit for a mathematics class from another university, you still must take the placement test. Any student who has not taken the mathematics placement test will not be eligible to register for classes. » more
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Frequently Asked Questions
Will taking the placement test get me out of taking a mathematics or statistics class?

No. This test simply places you in an appropriate class. Cheating on this test is an academic code violation and could lead to being placed into a class beyond your capabilities. Intentionally doing poorly on this test could lead to having to take additional mathematics classes.

How does the online placement test work?

The test is 32 multiple choice questions and you are allowed up to 45 minutes. You are allowed to use any calculator during the test. You must be the person who is taking the test. Once the test has started, you must finish it. You cannot stop and come back to it later. Do not sign in unless you are ready to take and complete the test. If you need additional time due to a learning or medical disability, please see the section below on accommodations.

Can I use a calculator or computer program to help me?

Any calculator which works with numbers or graphs is acceptable to use during the test. This includes four function calculators, scientific calculators, and graphing calculators, such as the TI-83. Calculators and computer programs which do symbolic manipulation (algebra) are not allowed.

Is there a practice exam?

Yes. We have a list of topics that are covered and some questions that can be asked. We don’t provide answers for the sample questions.  They can be downloaded here:
nw08.american.edu/~keynes/SampleMathPlacement.pdf

What kind of computer can I use?

This test is intended to be taken on a computer and not an ipad, an android tablet, or a smartphone. You should take the test on a computer which is operating normally and has a reliable high-speed internet connection. We will not grant extra time or attempts to retake the test due to difficulties with your computer or internet connection. Please see below if you computer or internet connection completely fails. Follow this link for a list of minimal system requirements for your computer and internet browser:
http://www.maplesoft.com/products/system_requirements.aspx#mapleta

What if I need special accommodations in order to take the exam?

If you need disability accommodations, such as extended time, please submit the Math Placement Test Accommodations Request Form and follow the instructions provided. 

www.american.edu/ocl/forms/Online-Math-Placement-Test-Accommodations-Form.cfm

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