Mathematics Placement

When and Where can I take the mathematics placement test?

Tests are administered on a walk-in basis, Mon-Fri between 8:30 am - 3:00 pm, in the Undergraduate Advising and Testing Center (GAB 443), and also at prescheduled orientation sessions. There is no charge for the placement test.

What is the Placement Test?

The UNT Department of Mathematics wants students to succeed and understands that students do best when they have a suitable background for each course. The purpose of the math placement test is to determine the appropriate first math course for each undergraduate student. The Mathematics Department enforces prerequisites for mathematics courses; before enrolling in one of these courses, you may need to pass a placement test.

After a student has taken the placement test and placed into a particular course, the student must successfully complete that course within one year of the test date. If the student doesn't complete the course within one year of the test date, the student must take a new placement test.

If you need an accommodation due to a disability to fully participate in this program/event, please contact Rita Sears, Department of Mathematics, at 940-565-4045 or email at rhsears@unt.edu. Please allow sufficient time to arrange the accommodation.

Accuplacer "College-Level Mathematics" Placement Exam Information

The 20-question Accuplacer mathematics placement examination, "College Level Mathematics," is a computerized assessment of mathematical skills. This test measures skill proficiency from intermediate algebra through pre-calculus. Students cannot "pass" or "fail" the Accuplacer placement test, but it is very important that students do their very best so that an accurate measure of mathematics academic skills is obtained.

Five categories are covered.

1. Algebraic operations. Includes simplifying rational algebraic expressions factoring, expanding polynomials, and manipulating roots and exponents.
2. Solutions of equations and inequalities. Includes the solution of linear and quadratic equations and inequalities, equation systems, and other algebraic equations.
3. Coordinate geometry. Includes plane geometry, the coordinate plane, straight lines, conics, sets of points in the plane, and graphs of algebraic functions.
4. Applications and other algebra topics. Includes complex numbers, series and sequences, determinants, permutations and combinations, fractions, and word problems.
5. Functions and trigonometry. Includes polynomial, algebraic, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions.

The following table indicates placement level based on your score on the Accuplacer "College Level Math" test.

Accuplacer College Level Math
Score Placement Level
62 or below Entry Level
63-85 Level 1 (MTH1)
86-100 Level 2 (MTH2)
101 and above Level 3 (MTH3)

Accuplacer "Elementary Algebra" placement exam

Students trying to place into Math 1680 (Elementary Statistics) may choose to take the Accuplacer "Elementary Algebra" placement exam instead. The following table indicates placement level based on your score on the Accuplacer "Elementary Algebra" test.

Accuplacer Elementary Algebra
Score Placement Level
99 or below Entry Level
100 or above Level 1 (MTH1)

How the Accuplacer Works.

1. Although the exam is taken while sitting at a computer, no computer skills are needed to take this test. The mouse is used to enter answer to the questions. Students must enter name, UNT 8-digit ID, and answer some background questions before proceeding with the test. A message will display when the actual test is about to start.
2. The computerized exam is "adaptive": it tests students up to each student's highest skill level, so any one student may see only some of these topics on his/her exam, depending on his/her skills. This means that the computer automatically determines which questions are presented based on whether or not the correct answer to the previous question was selected. This technique "zeroes-in" on just the right questions to ask without being too easy or too difficult. The Accuplacer exam is able to assess academic skills using fewer questions than traditionally presented on a paper and pencil test. The Accuplacer test score will be used to determine which mathematics course is most appropriate for the student.
3. The questions appear one at a time on the computer screen. The mouse is used to select the desired answer. It is possible to change an answer to a particular question before moving on to the next question, but it is *not* possible to leave a question out or come back to it later. When the question is completed and the answer verified, a new screen will appear with the next question. Once the answer has been verified (selected and re-confirmed), it is not possible to return to that question.
4. Most students take about one hour to complete the test.
5. No calculators are allowed.
6. Exam scores are not recorded on students' academic records.
7. Students may take the Accuplacer test no more than twice for the targeted semester of enrollment.

What to Take with You to the Tests. (Note that calculators are not allowed.)

1. Photo ID and
2. 8-digit UNT student ID #

Score Results.

1. Students will receive the results of their placement test upon completion called "Student Report." This form is to be retained for presentation on the first day of class to the instructor of the course into which the student placed.
2. Exam scores are not recorded on students' academic records.

Tips for Taking ACCUPLACER:

1. Relax! ACCUPLACER was designed to assist in students' success in college. The Accuplacer score helps students determine which courses are most appropriate for the current level of knowledge and skills. Once academic strengths and needs are identified, assistance with improvement of underdeveloped skills can be accessed before they can interfere with learning.
2. Students will be able to concentrate better on the test if plenty of rest and proper nutrition are obtained prior to the test.
3. Careful attention should be paid to directions with emphasis on understanding the directions before the test is begun.
4. Re-read point #3 under "How the Accuplacer Works"--!

ALEKS Online Placement Option (beginning May 1, 2014)

Beginning May 1, 2014, UNT students will also have the option to take the placement exam online. See our ALEKS online placement page for details.

Additional links

(Note: These links are offered for reference only. The listings neither represent nor are sponsored by the UNT Department of Mathematics.)

The following additional links may be also helpful for students just wanting some quick review material prior to taking the test.

Which 1000 Level Math Class Is Right For Me?

Click here for a chart to help you decide which 1000 level math class is best for you. This chart is intended for students who are TSI complete. Students who are not TSI complete in math or who are unsure of their TSI status should consult with the Learning Center concerning TSI status and developmental mathematics courses.