About the Math Placement Test

The University of Missouri requires that all students take a mathematics placement assessment to determine readiness for various courses. The required test is MyMathTest from Pearson Publishing.

MyMathTest covers material in three separate tests: Intermediate Algebra, College Algebra and Pre-Calculus. In order to progress to the College Algebra test, you must achieve a score of 70% or better on the Intermediate Algebra test. In order to progress to the Pre-Calculus test, you must achieve a score of 70% or better on the College Algebra test.

To see the minimum MyMathTest scores required for each math course, please see the prerequisite information.

Each test requires 30 – 60 minutes to complete. The number of questions will vary. The tests are untimed. You may complete the tests on separate days.

When taking MyMathTest, you are not allowed to receive assistance from others or use calculators. You are not allowed to visit other websites or online textbooks.

You can take the Math Placement Test as many times as you like. If you are dissatisfied with your scores, you will be given access to a targeted learning module to help you improve.

FAQs

What is the Math Placement Test?

The Math Placement Test is MyMathTest from Pearson Publishing.  The test includes tests of Intermediate Algebra skills, College Algebra skills and Pre-Calculus skills.  You must achieve a score of 70% or better on the Intermediate Algebra test to take the College Algebra test.  You must achieve a score of 70% or better on the College Algebra test to take the Pre-Calculus test.

How long will the assessment take, and what materials will I need?

Each test will take 30 – 60 minutes to complete.

The tests only require pencil and paper to complete the problems.

How many questions are on the tests?

Each test has 25 – 30 questions.

Once I answer a question, can I go back and change my answer?

Unfortunately, once you submit an answer, you cannot change it. You should keep this in mind while testing.

Is there a fee for taking this assessment?

The Math Placement Test is free of charge.

How many times can I take the Math Placement Test?

You may take the test as many times as you like. There is also a training module to help you improve your score based on your skill gaps.

How long are my Math Placement Test scores valid?

Scores on the Math Placement Test are valid for 11 months. In particular, you need to be sure that your Math Placement Test scores are valid for the semester you plan to enroll in a math course:

Valid dates for your Math Placement Test scores:

  • for Fall 2018 courses: Math Placement Test scores dated 9/15/17 or later
  • for Spring 2018 courses: Math Placement Test scores dated 2/15/17 or later

Questions about scores or prerequisites?

Call: (573) 882-6221 or e-mail: algebra@missouri.edu 

For technical problems

For technical problems with MyMathTest: Contact Math Placement Tech Support