Academic Programs Catalog

Undergraduate Education

Academic Orientation and Transitions

Academic Placement Tests

All students entering MSU are required to complete the un-proctored Math Placement Services (MPS) examination online, before attending their scheduled Academic Orientation Program (AOP) with the following exceptions: (1) students who have either an ACT Math sub-score of at least 28 or an SAT Math sub-score of at least 660, (2) students with credit for MTH 103 and also credit for either MTH 101, MTH 102, MTH 112, MTH 114, MTH 124, MTH 132, MTH 152H, or  MTH 201, or STT  200, or STT 201, (3) students with credit for both MTH 101 and MTH 102, and  (4) students with credit in MTH 110 or  MTH 116. Transfer students who must complete introductory MTH or STT courses required for their degree and will not have transferred them must take the placement test. Students transferring specific college course credits should enroll in the next level course as appropriate to their degree program.

Students are urged to take the test online before their AOP, preferably by mid-May. The test, in addition to practice tests, can be accessed at However, a student choosing the option of fulfilling the university math requirement via waiver must complete the test in a proctored setting at AOP or at one of Michigan State University’s Testing Centers to be eligible for the waiver.

Each student whose score on the MPS exam indicates the need for additional pre-college preparation in mathematics must successfully complete MTH 1825 prior to fulfilling the University math requirement or demonstrate readiness for college mathematics by repeating the MPS exam, prior to matriculation to MSU, and receiving the appropriate score.

Questions regarding the math placement exam can be emailed to