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.


  • 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.
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), 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, Risk Management. Note: The College of Business requires students to take Math 1111 or higher in Area A.

College of Education
Exercise Science, Health & Physical Education, Middle Childhood Education

Andrew Young School of Policy Studies
Economics (BS only)

The math placement exam is optional for these majors. However, 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 & Video, French, German, Geography, History, Journalism, Music, Music Management, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology (B.A. only) Religious Studies, Spanish, Speech, Sociology, Women’s Studies

College of Education
Birth to Five, Early Childhood Education

Nursing & Health Professions
Respiratory Therapy, Nursing, Nutrition

Andrew Young School of Policy Studies
Economics (BA only), International Economics and Modern Languages, Public Policy, Social Work

Math Placement Exam Dates

  • April: 18, 25
  • May: 2, 5, 6, 7, 11, 13, 15, 19, 21
  • June: 1, 3, 5, 9, 11, 22, 24, 26, 27, 30
  • July: 7, 9, 13, 15, 17, 21, 23, 25, 28, 29, 30

For more information regarding this requirement, visit the math placement website or contact the coordinator for math placement at 404-413-1736.

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, a Physician's Assistant program, Pharmacy, Veterinary, advanced Physical Therapy school.  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

  • April: 18, 25
  • May: 2, 5, 6, 7, 11, 13, 15, 19, 21
  • June: 1, 3, 5, 9, 11, 22, 24, 26, 27, 30
  • July: 7, 9, 13, 15, 17, 21, 23, 25, 28, 29, 30

Please contact the chemistry department at 404-413-5490 if you think you may be exempt from this test.  For assistance with registration contact the Counseling and Testing Center at 404-413-1740.

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.

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 Modern and Classical Languages, please contact us at 404-413-5980 or at
Math & Chemistry Placement Testing Location & Parking Information

Math and chemistry placement exams will be administered in the Mathematics Interactive Learning Environment (MILE) in the Urban Life Building at 140 Decatur Street.  Please check your PAWS registration confirmation page for location of your exam.  Parking is available in M-Deck for $7 cash.

Parking at Georgia State is limited and you are encouraged to use public transportation.  For parking options in official Georgia State University parking facilities, visit the Parking website.