Taking the test
Oglethorpe requires that all new students interested in studying Math, Engineering, Biopsychology, Chemistry, Physics, and Biology take the Math Placement Exam. The test is free and can be taken online.
1. Set up your OASIS and OU Email:
- About two weeks after you send in your enrollment deposit, you will be sent OASIS and OU Email set up information. You MUST set up your account before you can access the Math Placement Exam. Your computer must operate using Windows 7, 8, 10 or MacOS 10.11+ (El Capitan).
2. Log in to Canvas:
- Visit oglethorpe.instructure.com and log in using your OASIS/OU Email credentials. This is just to ensure your login information is set up and ready. You will be prompted to log in to Canvas to access and take the exam.
3. Check Your Email
- You will receive 2 emails with instructions and a link to access your exam. The account verification email looks like this:
- This login information is valid for 24 hours, but if you don’t access within that time frame, that’s ok! Just use the “forgot password” function with your OU email on the exam login page: https://exam-us-1.proctorfree.com/login.
- (If you do not have an email or are not able to reset your password on ProctorFree, please reach out to Caitlin in Admissions at [email protected])
4. Read the Student Guide!
- Please read the entirety of the Student Guide for complete details on taking and recording the exam. You will see that you will need a valid form of government or school-issued ID to participate.
5. Receive Your Results Within 24 Hours
- You MUST receive your placement before scheduling a test retake. Your counselor can talk to you about your placement if you have questions.
- Computer: The exam will use a live proctor to monitor your progress, so a computer with a functioning camera is required. Your computer must operate using Windows 8 or higher or MacOS 10.11 or higher. If you do not have access to a computer with these specifications, please contact your admission counselor or the Office of Admission at [email protected].
- Calculator: Any calculator/graphing calculator that is not web-enabled is acceptable.
- Scratch Paper: You are allowed and encouraged to use scratch paper for the exam. Please hold up your paper at the start of the exam to show that it is blank.
- OU Email/Moodle Login Credentials: You MUST have your OU Email/Moodle login credentials in order to take the exam. If you sent in your enrollment deposit less than two weeks ago, your credentials will be sent to you soon. If you sent in your enrollment deposit more than two weeks ago and have not received your OU Email credentials, or if you are having trouble logging into your OU Email, please contact IT at [email protected].
- Where: Any quiet place – your bedroom, a library, at school, etc., should be fine.
- When: Follow the steps above and take it anytime! Please plan to take the exam before May 15.
- The goal of the exam is to evaluate how comfortable you are with mathematical material you will encounter in college. Reviewing and studying too much for this exam may result in placing beyond the mathematics course that is the right fit for you. With that in mind, the test touches on subjects you may have covered in your high school curriculum in Coordinate Algebra, Algebra II/Advanced Algebra, Pre-Calculus, and Trigonometry.
- Any calculator/graphing calculator that is not web-enabled is acceptable.
- There are two parts to the exam. The first section is one hour, and the second section is 45 minutes.
- To be eligible for testing accommodations, you must provide appropriate documentation from a licensed or certified professional with expertise in the specific disability. We will accept, IEP, 504, or letter from a treating provider. Please submit this documentation to [email protected]. The documentation needs to state a diagnosis and recommended accommodations. You should wait until you hear back from a member of our accessibility staff to schedule your exam! If you have any questions or concerns, please contact [email protected].
- Short Answer: Yes!
- Longer Answer: It’s possible you’ve taken an AP/IB/Dual-Enrollment class that will serve as a course equivalency. However, we receive some of these scores very late in the summer. Furthermore, you also may be able to score higher on the Math Placement Exam than your AP/IB/Dual Enrollment credit indicates. We will always place you into the highest math level possible based on your credits and exam scores. Please submit ALL OFFICIAL transcripts and scores to the Office of Admission as soon as they are available.
- When you complete the exam, you are shown a page with a recommendation. We recommend you save or print this page for future reference. You will receive more information on how your score impacts your schedule during your one-on-one discussion with a Compass academic advisor this summer. More information about dates and times for academic advising appointments will be available after May 15.
- You can take the test twice over the course of your Oglethorpe career. Once you complete the exam for the first time, you MUST wait to see your placement before scheduling another test.
- After receiving your placement, you can choose to re-test. Remember, you can only take the Math Placement Exam twice over the course of your Oglethorpe career.
- You have the option of taking introductory Oglethorpe math courses this summer online. These courses will count for credit and can prepare you for higher-level courses in the fall semester. More information about summer school courses is available here: https://summer.oglethorpe.edu/how-to-enroll/