Math Placement Exam Information

Fall 2014 Math Placement Exam Information

In fall semester 2014, the placement exam will be offered on Thursdays at noon and Fridays at 3 PM in OSS 225 (Please note: the last day for the placement test for Fall 2014 will be Dec. 19th at 3 PM).  There is no need to make an appointment, but make sure that you arrive on time.  The exam usually takes about 30 minutes, but can take up to 2 hours or occasionally more.  Bring a pencil and scratch paper for scratch work.  There is no need to bring a calculator, as the calculator that you can use will be provided.

J-term testing will begin on Monday, January 5th.  During J-term, the test will be offered according to the following schedule: Mondays 6 PM to 9 PM, Tuesdays-Thursdays 11 AM to 2 PM and 6 PM to 9 PM, and Fridays 11 AM to 2 PM.

Students are allowed to take the test once each semester, with summer counting as part of the fall semester and J-term counting as part of spring semester.

Not all students need to take a placement exam. You only need to take the exam if any of the following apply to you (Note: these cutoffs were updated in March of 2014.  Students enrolled at that time who had already sent their test scores to UST will be placed under the old criteria; for more information about this, email

  • your ACT Math score was less than 28 and you want to take MATH 113, Calculus I.
  • your ACT Math score was less than 25 and you want to take MATH 111, Business Calculus.
  • your ACT Math score was less than 23 and you want to take MATH 108, Calculus with Review I.
  • your ACT Math score was less than 20 and you want to take MATH 101, Finite Mathematics, or MATH 100, Mathematical Sampler.
  • You did not send your ACT scores to St. Thomas within 2 years of taking the test.

Results from the exam are available within 2 business days of taking the exam.

For information on preparing for a Placement Exam, click the tab for review materials on the left.

Contact MaRC Director John Nelson with any questions:

Office: OSS 233

Phone: 651-962-5529