Mathematics Placement Test

Welcome to the homepage for the Mathematics Placement test. Please carefully read the answers to some important questions below.

Important: if you have not received an email on your AU email account from the math department prompting you to take the Placement Test, you won't be able to access the test. You will be eligible after receiving the email invitation.

If you are receiving a non-eligible message but already have an invitation, please wait one hour and try logging in again.

When you are ready to take the test, please follow the link at the bottom of this page.

  1. What is the University Mathematics Requirement? Do I have to take a mathematics or statistics class?

All American University students are expected to demonstrate mathematical or statistical proficiency before completing 30 credits at AU. Most students do this by taking a course. For details please see Section 8.3 of Undergraduate Academic Rules and Regulations.

 The AU Core includes a two-part Quantitative Literacy requirement that  aims to prepare students for an increasingly quantitative and data-dense  world. Students in Quantitative Literacy I (Q1) will have the opportunity  to strengthen their mathematical or statistical skills. In Quantitative  Literacy II (Q2), students will continue to practice and refine their  quantitative skills, but they will do so usually in the context of a particular  discipline. For details please see the Quantitative Literacy page.

  1. Who has to take the mathematics placement test?   

All incoming students to American University, either transfers or freshmen, must take the mathematics placement test, including special programs students (Washington Mentorship Program, UM in DC, International Gateway Program etc.) and non-degree students who want to take a math or stat class. 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.

  1. 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.
  2. I am a non-degree student, who wants to take a single math or stat class, what should I do?
    If you intend to take a single math or stat class as a non-degree seeking student, please see AU Central's Non-Degree Registration page.
  3. How does the online placement test work?   
    The test is 32 multiple choice questions and you are allowed up to 45 minutes. 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. Make sure you click on "submit assignment" when you finish answering all the questions and you are ready to submit your test. If you need additional time due to learning or medical disability, please see question 9 on accommodations.
  4. 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. Download the Math Placement Test Sample
  5. 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 unrestricted high-speed internet connection and up-to-date browser. Try to avoid computers at your school or in public places, since usually they have restrictions to access external websites and you may not be able to access the test from there. We will not grant extra time or attempts to retake the test due to difficulties with your computer or internet connection. Please see question 10 if your computer or internet connection completely fails. Follow this Maplesoft link for a list of minimal system requirements for your computer and internet browser
  6. Where can I take the Math Placement Exam?  

    Please make sure to take the Math Placement Exam on a laptop or desktop computer. Make sure you have a reliable and stable internet connection, please avoid public connections (Starbucks, libraries, schools etc.) opening another tab or browser may shut down the Math Placement Exam. You may want to allow Pop Ups for the specific website. Also, try to lower your computer firewall just for the time of the Test, and when you are done with the test activate it again.

  7. How and when will I receive my score?   
    You will receive your score via email on your AU email account in the next 24 hours after you take the test. Students who take the test during weekends receive their score on the following Monday.
  8. I may need accommodations for a disability. What should I do?   

    If you would like to request disability-related accommodations on the placement test, please complete the Request Form:

    The online test can only be taken once, so you will want to arrange for your accommodations before taking it. In order to approve accommodations, we will need to review your disability documentation in advance. Please visit the Academic Support and Access Center for more information on how to request accommodations, or contact them by phone, 202-885-3360, or email, asac@american.edu

  9. I am trying to take the test but am having technical issues (e.g., cannot log in). What should I do?   

    If you have received the email from the Math Department prompting you to take the test, and still see a message saying you are not eligible to take the test, please wait up to one hour and try to log in again then. If after one hour you are still not able to access the test please contact the AU Office of Information Technology in any of the following ways:

  10. Can I retake the placement test due to technical issues?   
    In case of technical issues we are able to verify, we may let you take the Math Placement Exam again. Please contact us at math_placement@american.edu if you have a technical issue.
  11. Can I use a calculator on the Math Placement Exam?

The use of a calculator is not recommended

Please visit the myau Math Placement Instructions page when ready to receive final instructions to take the test.