Math Placement Testing

The math placement test is a computer-based test used to determine a student's math preparedness. It is designed to be taken without the use of calculators or other aids.

The math placement test consists of multiple choice questions that are presented one at a time. With each correct answer, a more difficult question is presented. As soon as the program determines the level of mathematical preparation, it will display your placement score on your monitor. Record/print your score.

You may take the math placement test two times (required wait to retake is at least three weeks between testing dates). Math placement scores are valid for two years.

Math Placement Test Topics and Resources

Here are the topics covered on the test:

  • Operations with algebraic expressions
  • Factoring algebraic expressions
  • Linear equations
  • Linear inequalities
  • Two equations in two unknowns
  • Quadratic equations
  • Quadratic inequalities
  • Exponents and radicals
  • Word Problems
  • Polynomials and Polynomial Equations
  • Rational expressions
  • Graphs of functions
  • Composition of functions
  • Absolute value
  • Trigonometric values and radians
  • Trigonometric identities
  • Logarithmic and exponential functions

Free Tutorials For College Preparation

UC Blue Ash College has provided a free series of tutorials to help students prepare for college level work as they get ready for starting their first year of college. The tutorials will also review materials for the Math and English placement tests.

Click here to learn more about these tutorials

Retake Policy

All students are given the option to retake the test one time. Retakes must be taken on campus and will be proctored by UC staff. You are required to wait three weeks between testing dates. Go to to register.

On-Campus or Online Test

The math placement test is offered both on campus and online. However, only confirmed UC students may take the math placement test online.

Take the test online 

Take the test on campus

Math Practice Questions

Entry-level mathematics courses at UC are divided into three groups (see the table at the bottom of this page). The sample questions have been divided into three corresponding groups. The "Print Questions" and "Print Answers" links (below) allow to download the printable PDFs.

Level 1 Course Level 2 Course Level 3 Course
Print Questions Print Questions Print Questions
Print Answers Print Answers Print Answers

Do not use a calculator! These questions represent mathematical tasks that you are expected to do in the various courses without the aid of electronic devices.

Entry Level Math Courses at UC

Level 1 Level 2 Level 3
Preparatory Mathematics
College Algebra
Foundations of Scientific Calculus
Math Literacy
Calculus I & Pre-Calculus
Introductory Algebra I
Calculus I
Introductory Algebra II
Applied Calculus I
Introduction to Discrete Mathematics
Intermediate Algebra
Algebra for College Mathematics
Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning
Foundations of Quantitative Reasoning
Math in Management Sciences
Math of Social Choice
Introduction to Statistics
Elementary Statistics I