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Math Placement

In order to correctly place students in mathematics courses at Indiana State Universty, students are required to take the Math Placement. All students (incoming and transfer)  are required to take the online Math Placement.  If you are an incoming ISU student, the test must be completed before attending the State Start-Up orientation. This is a requirement for all students that are new to ISU. 

The only exception may be for recent high school graduates who scored a B or better in both semesters of high school Algebra II. Keep in mind that some of the science and major courses also require the score from the math placement. It is best to complete the Math Placement.   The Math Placement should be completed in advance to prevent running into any barriers during registration.  This will ensure that you are able to register for the best courses for your degree path. If your score is below the prerequisite score for Foundational Studies Quantitave Literacy but you met the prerequisite with your high school math classes, you may still be able to register for the Foundational Studies Quantitative Literacy class.  Your advisor will be able to assist you to make this determination at the time of registration.

The Math Placement will help an advisor put you in the math course where you will be most successful.  There is no charge to take the Math Placement.  

Students who have not taken the Math Placement will be placed in the lowest math class.

Math Placement Guidelines  

Prepare to take the test: 

2.Refresh your math skills
3.Find a quiet place to take the Math Placement, and make sure to allow enough time to complete it  (60 minutes).  Please note: You can only take the Math Placement one time! 
4.Do not transition to the Math Placement from the practice test.  Follow the directions below to take the Math Placement.

Instructions for taking the Math Placement test:

1. Click Math Placement. ( The Canvas enrollment screen will launch.

2. Click Enroll in Course when you see Math Placement Test 2024

3. Click on Go to Course

4. Read the instructions:

  • There are two tests. If you earn a 12 or higher on Test A, then you will be required to take Test B immediately following Test A. Access Test B by clicking the Return box in the upper right-hand corner of your Test A results.
  • Items needed for testing purposes: a photo ID, calculator (no phone apps), webcam, scratch paper and writing utensil.
  • The test needs to be completed in one sitting and in a quiet space away from distractions. There is no time limit, but if your computer falls asleep it will end your test session. Estimated time to complete: 45 mins.
  • Below are the minimum standard specifications for hardware and software in order to complete the test:
  • Windows 10/Windows 11 or MacOS 10.13 or later*
  • Wireless Connectivity (802.11 b/g or 802.11 b/g/n)
  • 2.0GHz Dual Core Processor or higher - AMD or Intel Processors ONLY
  • Current virus and threat protection (Windows Defender will suffice)
  • 8GB Memory
  • 120 GB Hard Drive or higher
  • In good working condition
  • NO CHROMEBOOKS: These devices are not sufficient to complete all academic work at ISU.  They will not install the necessary software.  Additionally, newer Chromebooks have changed their wireless connectivity band to exclusively 802.11 ac, which has limited availability and does not work with the Lockdown Browser.

5. Download the Respondus Lockdown browser and prepare your webcam for recording

Questions? Refer to the FAQ on this webpage.  Still have questions? Contact University Testing at 1-812-237-9634 or



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