Placement tests for math courses


These placement tests are used to help you find the math course that is right for you. We want you to succeed, and starting off in the right place is an important part of that! We encourage you to take the placement test seriously, and to spend an hour to review and practice before you sit down to take the test.

Math Placement Practice Test

This test is used to place you into the appropriate math course at USF. Previous college-level coursework will also be used when determining the appropriate course. This is a 40-minute algebra and trigonometry test, with 32 multiple-choice questions. No calculators are permitted. You may only take this test once, all subsequent scores will be not be accepted. Required of the following majors: Architecture and Community Design, Biology, Business (all majors), Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Environmental Science, Kinesiology, Math, and Physics. All other majors do not need to take the Math Placement Test. You do not have to take this test if you have submitted a SAT or ACT score to USF, or if you already took this test from home (link to test sent via email). Undeclared students: If there is even a remote chance that you may choose a Math, Science, Business, Kinesiology, Architecture and Community Design, or Economics major, and you have not taken the SAT or ACT, then you should take the math test.

This test is used to place you into the appropriate calculus course at USF. This is a 30-minute test, with 24 multiple-choice questions. No calculators are permitted. You may only take this test once, all subsequent scores will be not be accepted. Required of the following majors: Chemistry, Computer Science, Data Science, Math, and Physics. Recommended for Economics and Environmental Science majors. You do not have to take this test if you have completed and passed Calculus I at another college, or if you have submitted an AP Calculus score of 4 or 5. Note: If you are interested in going to medical, dental, pharmacy or veterinary school after attending USF, one semester of Calculus is strongly recommended by many schools.

Another excellent resource for preparing for both tests can be found here.

When you're ready, you can take the real placement tests here. Good luck!
























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