Missouri S&T requires new undergraduate students to take Math Placement Exams in Algebra and Trigonometry. These online exams were written by the Department of Mathematics & Statistics and can be taken at the student's convenience; however the first attempt must be completed at least 14 days prior to a student's Advising & Registration (A&R) day. Each exam may be taken at most three times, and the highest score is used to determine placement.

Mathematics is taught with different standards and expectations in nearly every high school or college. Our Math Placement Exams provide a student with a better sense of their strengths in math relative to other S&T students. By guiding students to the correct math course based upon S&T’s standards, we ensure that students are best positioned for success in their first semester. To provide an accurate reflection of a student’s preparedness, the exam should be taken seriously and completed without outside sources for help (friends/family, internet searches, apps, textbooks, notes, etc.).

A student who reaches a higher first math courses through dishonest means will often struggle through their time at S&T, and often does not graduate quickly. Our goal is to find the best course for a student's current level of knowledge, not to artificially achieve the highest possible placement.

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