Mathematics Placement Test Information
All incoming first-year students will take two math placement tests. First, everyone will take the Elementary Algebra test. The second test you take depends on your performance on the first. If you earn a score of 0 - 81 on Elementary Algebra, you will then take the Arithmetic test; if you earn a score of 82-120 on Elementary Algebra, you will instead take the College-Level Math test. Incoming transfer students may need to one or two of these tests, depending on your academic history at your previous institution(s).
Each test is multiple choice and computer-based; questions are untimed so that you can give each question as much thought as you wish.
- 6-Cess Math Review Program on Blackboard
- ACCUPLACER Test Prep Apps for iPhone and PC
- ACCUPLACER Sample Questions for Students (All Exams)
- Mathematics Course Placement Tool
- Math Services in the Academic Achievement Center
Math Readiness Boot Camp
If you are a student who prefers guided preparation, then a Math Readiness Boot Camp may be for you. This year, for the first time, BSU is offering a Boot Camp designed to prepare incoming students with the skills needed to successfully take the math ACCUPLACER exam and place into college math. The Boot Camp is free of charge to all students currently enrolled or who have paid a deposit. Materials, meals and refreshments are also included free of charge.
Not only will you improve your math skills, but you will gain a better understanding of what to expect when taking the math ACCUPLACER exam. You will learn test-taking strategies that will carry forward with you in your academic career.
By placing into college math, you will save money and the time that is associated with taking non-credit developmental math classes. Invest two weeks for a total of 40 hours and avoid taking a non-credit course for 15 weeks next semester- a monetary savings of $1,000.00 to $2,000.00, plus a time savings of greater than 110 hours combined class and study time per student, per semester.
The Math Readiness Boot Camps are being offered on the following dates/times:
July 16th - July 26th, Monday through Thursday 9am - 2pm. Find additional Boot Camp details on the enrollment for at:
Enroll today! First come, first served! Limited spaces available.
The Elementary Algebra test, comprised of 12 questions, measures your ability to perform basic algebraic operations and to solve problems involving elementary algebraic concepts. There are three types of Elementary Algebra questions:
- Operations with integers and rational numbers: topics include computation with integers and negative rationals, the use of absolute values, and ordering.
- Operations with algebraic expressions: topics include the evaluation of simple formulas and expressions, adding and subtracting monomials and polynomials, multiplying and dividing monomials and polynomials, the evaluation of positive rational roots and exponents, simplifying algebraic fractions, and factoring.
- Solution of equations, inequalities, word problems: topics include solving linear equations and inequalities, solving quadratic equations by factoring, solving verbal problems presented in an algebraic context, including geometric reasoning and graphing, and the translation of written phrases into algebraic expressions.
The Arithmetic test, comprised of 17 questions, measures your ability to perform basic arithmetic operations and to solve problems that involve fundamental arithmetic concepts. There are three types of Arithmetic questions:
- Operations with whole numbers and fractions: topics included in this category are addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, recognizing equivalent fractions and mixed numbers, and estimating.
- Operations with decimals and percents: topics include addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division with decimals. Percent problems, recognition of decimals, fraction and percent equivalencies, and problems involving estimation are also given.
- Applications and problem solving: topics include rate, percent, and measurement problems, simple geometry problems, and distribution of a quantity into its fractional parts.
The College-Level Math test, comprised of 20 questions, measures your ability to solve problems that involve college-level mathematics concepts. There are five types of College-Level Math questions:
- Algebraic operations: topics include simplifying rational algebraic expressions, factoring, expanding polynomials, and manipulating roots and exponents.
- Solutions of equations and inequalities: topics include the solution of linear and quadratic equations and inequalities, equation systems and other algebraic equations.
- Coordinate geometry: topics include plane geometry, the coordinate plane, straight lines, conics, sets of points in the plane, and graphs of algebraic functions.
- Applications and other algebra topics: topics include complex numbers, series and sequences, determinants, permutations and combinations, fractions and word problems.
Functions and trigonometry: topics include polynomials, algebraic, exponential, and logarithmic and trigonometric functions.
During your time as a BSU student, you may take the math placement test a total of three times. Your first attempt is free; subsequent attempts cost $10, payable on test day by Visa, Mastercard, or personal check. We recommend that you refer to our "Resources and Test Preparation" section and spend some time reviewing before attempting a retest.
Retests are held in our office during our office hours. To schedule a retest, give us a call at 508-531-1780.
In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), students who wish to transfer their placement test results to another institution, or obtain a copy of their placement test score report(s), must fill out and submit an official placement test score transcript request form.