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Math placement testing is now closed but will reopen for new students on Nov. 13.

If you are an undergraduate at Saint Martin's taking the test for the first time, go to and follow these instructions.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Regular undergraduates at Saint Martin’s take the math placement exams at a different web location than applicants to the Microsoft Software and Systems Academy (MSSA). If you fail to use the correct website, your math placement exam scores will be invalidated and you will be required to take any future math placement exams in a proctored environment on campus at predetermined times. If you are an applicant to the MSSA program, please see special instructions for math placement testing under application requirements on the MSSA page.

  1. Click create an account.
  2. Here, enter your first and last name in the first two fields. The display name will fill in automatically for you when you have entered the appropriate information in the first two fields. In the student ID field, enter your 10-digit Saint Martin’s University student ID (P000******). In the user login field, type in your first name, a period and your last name, all in lower case. For example, if your name is Jan Marie Jones, you would enter jan.jones as your user login. In the email field, please enter your Saint Martin’s email address. If you have not been assigned one yet, enter your personal email address.
  3. Choose a password, and enter it in the password and confirm password fields. Choose something you will easily remember. 
  4. Click submit. Once your registration has been accepted, you will be taken back to the original login screen, where you must now log in with your new username and password. Click log in.
  5. Click find classes open for registration. Check the box for new students 2018-19, then click register.
  6. A new window will appear, asking you to confirm you wish to register. Click confirm. You are now ready to begin the process, or you may log out and return later. Begin with the Intermediate Algebra Placement Exam, and continue from there. You do not have to take all three exams in one sitting. In fact, we encourage you to take breaks between exams, but all three placement exams (if you are eligible to take all three) should be completed at least one week before orientation.


  • Do I have to take a math placement exam?

    Yes.  All incoming students must take the math placement exams EXCEPT in the following circumstance:

    • You have already earned transferable college credit in a math course equivalent to one at Saint Martin's which also satisfies the math requirements of your intended major (or serves as a prerequisite to those needed for your major).
    • You have passed the AP Calculus AB exam with a score of 4 or better.
    • You have passed the AP Calculus BC exam with a score of 3 or better.

    Please note that any student can take MTH 110: Math and Modern Culture or MTH 100: Math Lab without taking the math placement exams. Please talk to your academic advisor to find out if either of these courses suit your needs.

  • When must I take the exam?
    • At least one week before summer or winter orientation. For students starting at SMU during Spring 2018, testing will open on Nov. 13 and close on Jan. 13.
    • If you miss summer or winter orientation, you must still take the exam one week before you plan on registering for classes and/or two weeks before the beginning of the semester.
    • If you are re-taking the math placement exam, please see the instructions below.
  • How do I re-take the exam?

    Students must obtain permission from the math placement director to re-take a math placement test. You may contact the math placement director at

    A student may qualify for a re-take if there was a technical problem with his/her exam (such as internet connectivity issues) or with his/her ability to take the exam.

    A student may only re-take a math placement exam once per semester.  In the fall semester, two re-takes are offered: one on study day and one on the day before the start of the spring semester.  In the spring semester, one re-take is offered on study day.  In the summer semester, several re-takes are offered: one during each orientation session and one on the day before the start of the fall semester.

    Upcoming re-takes will be held on the following dates:

    • Friday, Dec. 7, 1-3 p.m., Harned Hall 109
    • Sunday, Jan. 13, 1-3 p.m., Harned Hall 109

    Once a student has taken any Saint Martin's math placement exam or any college course equivalent to a Saint Martin's course, any math placement exam is considered a re-take.

  • How long are math placement scores valid?

    Math placement scores are rendered invalid under the following circumstances:

    • After four years.
    • If the student takes any math course or pre-requisite math course that she/he is placed into, but subsequently fails with a grade below a C-.

    In either of the above circumstances, the student may be required to re-take any or all of the math placement exams.