Math Placement Testing

Math Placement Test Overview

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.

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

Practice Math 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.

For additional math placement preparation, click here.

Math Placement Test Scoring Guide

The Math Placement Test score indicates the math courses at UC that are appropriate for a person with your skill level, and it will be made available to your advisor to guide you during registration. 

You may re-take the Math Placement Test once. Please visit the Appeals and Retakes page for more information.


Score Range





MATH0034  Intermediate Algebra


MATH0031  Introductory Algebra


MATH0029  Mathematical Literacy


MATH0030  Fundamentals of Algebra




MATH1061 Calculus I


MATH1044  Applied Calculus I


MATH1071  Intro to Discrete Math


MATH1026  Pre-Calculus


MATH1022  Trigonometry


MATH1021  College Algebra


STAT1034  Elementary Statistics I 


STAT1031  Intro to Statistics 


MATH1014  Mathematics of Social Choice 


MATH1012  Mathematics in Management Science


MATH1008  Foundations of Quantitative Reasoning