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Placement Testing

Placement Testing

UW Bothell offers placement testing in mathematics only.

How and when to take placement tests

Review testing schedule for upcoming math placement tests.

Testing Information

Placement testing for Math takes about 90 minutes from check-in to dismissal. Check-in starts promptly at the scheduled times, so arrive early. Pre-registration for the exam is required. It is highly recommended you complete your Math Placement Test one week before you attend orientation. It takes approximately one week for the tests to be scored and results distributed.

The cost of the test is $15 and must be paid at the time of registration with a debit or credit card. You will need to show your Admissions Ticket (proof of payment) when you arrive at your testing session. There are no refunds if you are unable to take the test on the date you select.


Come well rested and nourished — and as calm as possible! Keep in mind that placement tests are intended to help you enroll in courses that are right for you. You shouldn't have to do much studying beforehand, although you might want to look at some sample test questions to get an idea of the format and content of the questions. Remember, you can't use a calculator during the math placement tests so don't use one while you do the sample math questions.

On the day of the test, bring your UW Bothell student number, picture ID, and Admissions Ticket (proof of payment).
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Repeating tests

The math placement test may be repeated once, after two weeks have passed. After the second test, a calendar year must pass before the test can be repeated again. There are two math placement tests, General and Advanced. The rules for repeating apply to each test. For example, you could take the General Test and then immediately take the Advanced Test, and then repeat either (or both) tests two weeks later.

Retesting must be done in the Testing Center.
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You need to take a math placement test if both of the following are true:

  • You're interested in a program that requires college math — this includes engineering, sciences (biology, chemistry, etc.), premed, business, and psychology; and
  • You don't already have college credit for algebra or calculus, or a Calculus Advanced Placement (AP) score of 2 or higher, or an International Baccalaureate (IB) Mathematics (Higher Level) score of 5 or higher.

Only placement tests given by the Academic Placement Testing Program (APTP), on the UW Seattle campus by the OEA Testing Center, are accepted for placement into UW Bothell math courses.

  Math 098 Math 111 Math 120/Q Sci 190 Math 124
(Intermediate Test)
0-46% (129-146) 49-57% (147-150) 60-100% (151-165)  
(Advanced Test)
0-33% (133-143) 37-67% (144) 40-67% (145-153) 68-100% (154-163)

*No longer offered

  • A placement score is not required for MATH 098 or MATH 107.
  • A student may register for a course lower than the placement. For example, a student placing into MATH 124 is allowed to take MATH 120 instead.
  • To register for MATH 125 and 126: AP score (3, 4, 5) or college credit for MATH 124 (for 125) or 125 (for 126) (2.0 minimum grade) required. UW Seattle does not offer a placement test for any math above 124.
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General and advanced tests

You should take the General Math Placement Test (MPT-G) if you had less than 3 or 4 years of high school math, through algebra-trig or the 2nd year of high school algebra. The highest you can place with this test is precalculus (MATH 111 or 120).

You should take the Advanced Math Placement Test (MPT-A) if you had 3 or 4 years of high school math, through advanced algebra, math analysis, or calculus. The highest you can place with this test is 1st quarter calculus, MATH 124 (or Q SCI 291).

UW Seattle has no test to place you above the first quarter of calculus. A Calculus AP score of 3 or above, however, places you into the second or third quarter of calculus. Review the policies for Advanced Placement for more details. An IB Mathematics score of 7 places you into the second quarter of calculus. Review the policies for International Baccalaureate for more details.
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