Placement Exam

Placement Exams

Students must register and complete Math and Chemistry placement exams, if required, before attending Incept. For specific questions about math, chemistry or foreign language placement exams, please call the contact number or visit the website listed in the corresponding testing information section below.

Note:

  • You must complete required placement exams before attending Incept. Register for math and chemistry placement exams first, then register for Incept.
  • To register for required placement exams, log on to your PAWS account. Click on the Enrollment tab, then click on the Math & Chemistry Placement links.
  • Students attending the Overnight Incept will take the math and chemistry placement exams during their conference, but still need to register for their placement exams through PAWS. Select the Overnight Incept date when registering.
  • Information on this page is for incoming freshman and transfer students only. Current Georgia State students seeking information about placement testing, please visit the Testing office of the Counseling and Testing Center for more information.
Math Placement
Students in programs that require MATH 1111 (College Algebra) or higher must take the math placement exam, which will assess your skills and place you in an appropriate math course. Certain test scores serve as a prerequisite for entry into college algebra, pre-calculus and higher. The math placement exam is not required for students registering for Math 0098, 0099 or 1101.

No fee is required for taking the exam the first time. Please have your Panther ID number and one form of photo-bearing identification available at the time of taking your exam. There is a $50 fee to retake the exam.

To review for the math placement exam, use this practice test and solutions page

The math placement exam is required for these majors:
College of Arts & Sciences
Biology, chemistry, computer science, environmental science (B.I.S.), geology, math, neuroscience, physics, psychology (pre-med only) and studio art (interior design concentration only)

J. Mack Robinson College of Business
Actuarial science, accounting, computer information systems, business economics, finance, hospitality administration, marketing, managerial sciences, real estate and risk management. Note: The College of Business requires students to take Math 1111 or higher in Area A.

College of Education
Exercise science, health and physical education, and middle childhood education.

Andrew Young School of Policy Studies
Economics (B.S. only)

While the math placement exam is optional for the following majors, students are encouraged to take the test to assess their math skills and register for an appropriate math course.
College of Arts & Sciences
African American studies, anthropology, applied linguistics, studio art, art education, art history, interdisciplinary studies, English, film and video, French, German, geography, history, journalism, music, music management, philosophy, political science, psychology (B.A. only), religious studies, Spanish, speech, sociology and women’s studies.

College of Education
Birth to five and early childhood education.

Nursing & Health Professions
Respiratory therapy, nursing and nutrition.

Andrew Young School of Policy Studies
Economics (B.A. only), international economics, modern languages, public policy and social work.

Math Placement Exam Dates

  • October 14, 23, 29
  • November 5, 9
  • December 1, 9, 15

Testing sessions are a 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.

For more information regarding this requirement, visit the Testing office  of the Counseling and Testing Center or contact the coordinator for math placement at 404-413-1736. Math placement exams will be administered in the Testing office of the Counseling and Testing Center at 75 Piedmont Avenue (Citizen's Trust Building), 2nd floor.

Chemistry Placement
Chem 1211K (Principles of Chemistry) is required for biology and chemistry majors, and, to qualify for this course, you must pass the chemistry placement exam, unless you have an AP chemistry score of 2 or better, an SAT subject score of 600 or have completed a college-level chemistry course.

The chemistry placement exam is required for these majors:
College of Arts & Sciences
Biology, chemistry, physics and pre-med.

Students wishing to enter the following fields or majors are required to take the exam: medical, dental, pharmacy, veterinary and advanced physical therapy school and a physician assistant program. Students planning to attend nursing school do not need to take the chemistry placement exam but should register for Chem 1151K.

Chemistry Placement Exam Dates
To register for chemistry placement exams and view available dates and times, visit the Department of Chemistry or call 404-413-5490 if you think you may be exempt from this test.

No fee is required for taking the exam the first time. Please bring a non-programmable calculator, two No. 2 pencils and your Panther ID number.

To review for the chemistry placement exam, use this practice test.

Students taking chemistry placement exams are encouraged to sign up for the test as soon as their schedules allows. Chemistry placement exams will be administered in the Department of Chemistry in the Petit Science Center at 100 Piedmont Avenue.

Foreign Language Placement
All students are highly encouraged to take the WebCAPE placement exam. The exam is designed to test the student’s prior knowledge of the selected language and to accurately place the student in the appropriate level. The exam is currently available for Chinese, French, German, Russian and Spanish. The WebCAPE is offered online and may be taken via any computer with an internet connection. The exam should take about 20 minutes to complete. For other languages and more information about the Department of World Languages and Culture, please contact them at 404-413-5980 or visit at Langdale Hall, Suite 841.
Math & Chemistry Placement Testing Location & Parking Information
Math placement exams will be administered in the Testing office of the Counseling and Testing Center at 75 Piedmont Avenue (Citizen's Trust Building), 2nd floor. Chemistry placement exams will be administered in the Department of Chemistry in the Petit Science Center at 100 Piedmont Avenue.

Parking at Georgia State is limited, and you are encouraged to use public transportation such as MARTAParking also is available in the Georgia State University parking facilities.

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