- Registering for the Placement Test
- Preparing for the Placement Test
- Math Placement Guide (PDF) *NEW*
Q. Who is eligible to take a math placement exam?
A. Math placement exams are intended for students with no prior college level math credit. If you are an incoming freshman student, then you are eligible to take a math placement exam.
Q. I'm an incoming freshman student. Do I need to take a math placement exam?
A. If you intend to enroll in calculus-based math or science courses, and you do not have college-level math credit (transfer, AP, or otherwise) for Precalculus or Calculus 1, then you are required to take a math placement test.
Please check this table to determine if a math placement test is required or recommended for your major. *Note: if your major is not listed, then you are not required to take a math placement test.
Q. Do I need to complete my placement test before orientation?
A. Yes. In order to help academic advisors assess your readiness for math and science courses, we ask that you complete your math placement test, if applicable, at least 72 hours before orientation.
However, if you are unable to complete your placement test before orientation, you may still complete the test after your orientation as long as you do so before the start of fall classes.
Q. I took an AP Calculus Exam in high school. Do I need to take a placement test?
A. Students may enroll in MATH 2413 (Calculus 1) without taking a placement exam if they score 3 or above on the Calculus BC exam, or 4 or above on the Calculus AB exam. Students with a score of 3 on the Calculus AB exam will need to take a placement test to enroll in MATH 2413 (Calculus 1).
*Note: AP scores may not be processed by the university and posted in your student account until mid-July. If your orientation date is in June or early July and you choose not to take a math placement test, please keep in mind that you will be unable to register for MATH 2413 (and/or other science courses such as CHEM 1331) until your AP scores are posted by the university.
Q. Can I enroll in MATH 1314, 1324, 1332, 1342 or 1351 without taking a placement test?
A. Yes, any student who has satisfied the TSI math requirement may enroll in these courses without taking a placement test.
Q. Is the TSI math requirement the same as the Math Placement requirement?
A. No, the TSI math requirement is a basic math readiness requirement which applies to all University of Houston students. Most incoming freshman students already meet this requirement based on standardized test scores or completion of math courses prior to enrolling at UH. This requirement must be met in order to enroll in college level math courses. You can check the “Holds” section (under Student Service Center) in your myUH account to see if this requirement has been met.
Q. Which placement test should I take?
A. There are two math placement tests. “Calculus 1 Placement Exam,” for students who wish to enroll in Calculus 1, and “Pre-Calculus Placement Exam" for students who wish to enroll in Precalculus or Business Calculus. Most STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) majors should take the “Calculus 1 Placement Exam".
Q. How long are the placement exams, and what topics are covered?
A. Both online placement exams have 36 questions, and students have up to 70 minutes to complete each exam.
The “Calculus 1 Placement Exam" is designed to assess a student’s knowledge of precalculus. Students are evaluated and scored in the following six content areas: Algebra, Equations and Inequalities, Functions and Graphs, Polynomial and Rational Functions, Logarithms and Exponential Functions, and Trigonometry.
The “Pre-Calculus Placement" exam is designed to assess a student’s knowledge of college algebra. This exam covers the same topics as above (except for Trigonometry) at a more basic level.
Q. Can I attempt the Calculus 1 Placement Exam more than once?
A. Yes, students are allowed up to two attempts at the Calculus 1 Placement Exam. A passing score on this test is 80% or above. In order to take this placement exam for a second time, a student must first earn a satisfactory score (80% or above) on the practice placement test. After obtaining a satisfactory score on the practice placement test, please allow up to 24 hours for a second placement exam attempt to be added to your account. Note that we recommend that students complete the practice placement test with a score of 80% or above prior to their first attempt, and in that case, a second placement exam attempt will be available (up to 24 hours) after completion of the first attempt, if necessary.
Q. Can I attempt the Pre-Calculus Placement Exam more than once?
A. Yes, students are allowed up to two attempts at the Pre-Calculus Placement Exam. A passing score on this test is 65% or above. Students should earn a satisfactory score (65% or above) on the practice placement test before attempting this exam for a second time.
Q. Who should I contact regarding requests for testing accommodations?
A. Students who request testing accommodations will first need to register with the CSD office. Please visit the website at www.uh.edu/csd, scroll down to “How to Register”, and follow the given instructions. Students will click the “New to CSD” button to fill in their information and upload supporting documents. Please note that students will need to sign in with their cougarnet email address [firstname.lastname@example.org].
Students must be registered for at least one class at UH before they can begin the registration process with CSD. For this reason, students who seek testing accommodations will typically take a math placement exam after they attend freshman orientation and begin registering for classes. After a student has completed the registration process with CSD, they should email email@example.com for assistance setting up accommodations for their placement exam.
Q. I have other questions about the placement tests, who can I contact for additional help?
A. If you have a question about which placement test to take, please consult your academic advisor. If you are having trouble registering for your test or you are experiencing other technical issues, please refer to the following link. For other questions, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org .