First Year and Pre-Major Program (FYPP)

Math Placement Test

How To Get Placed Into A Math Course

The University of Washington Bothell offers placement testing in mathematics. The test is designed to assess your mastery in the subject so you do not have to take courses you don't need.

You need to take a math placement test if both the following are true:

  • You're interested in a program that requires college math - this includes engineering, sciences (biology, chemistry, math, etc.), pre-medicine, computer science, and business; 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.

The University of Washington Bothell accepts two placement tests for math.

  • Accuplacer is not accepted at UWB. Do not take Accuplacer.

UW Bothell will offer and administer the test ONLY to admitted UW Bothell students. UW Bothell students can take the math placement test at UW Bothell or UW Seattle. UW Seattle offers testing more frequently than Bothell. Follow the above link for more information on test dates, fees, and process for testing at UW Seattle.

Academic Placement Testing Program

The Academic Placement Testing Program (APTP) is a cooperative program of Washington State public colleges and universities. Faculty from participating institutions have created the Mathematics Placement Test (MPT) to help students, with the assistance of their academic advisers, select first-year mathematics courses for which they are best prepared. The program is managed by the Office of Educational Assessment on behalf of participating institutions.

Test Format

UW Bothell students have the option to test at the Seattle campus. The On-Campus Math Placement Test offered throughout the year is a one-hour test. For the test session, allow approximately one and a half hours total to accommodate time for sign-in and instructions prior to the test. Pre-registration for the test is required.

On the day of the test, arrive at the testing location 15 minutes prior to the appointed start time with your Admissions Ticket (proof of registration/payment), picture identification, and at least two sharpened #2 pencils. Calculators, calculator watches, slide rules or other similar aids are prohibited. Scratch paper will be provided for you.

UW Bothell will offer two test types to enable accurate placement of students with varying levels of academic preparation. Specific placement cutoffs reflect the content and difficulty level of each course. Students will choose their test based on the course in which they wish to enroll and their level of academic preparation.

  • The General Math Placement Test (MPT-G) is directed toward students who have less than three or four years of high school math and who will be entering pre-calculus or general college-level math classes.
  • The Advanced Math Placement Test (MPT-A) is directed toward students who have taken at least three or four years of high school math and who wish to enroll in Calculus. It covers Intermediate Algebra and Pre-Calculus I and II.

Test Scores and Class Placement for UW Bothell: Effective Autumn 2014

Test scores are available on your unofficial UW transcript the morning after you receive the email from the Testing Office stating your scores are available. Unofficial transcripts can be accessed via MyUW.

MPT - General

  • 151 or above places the student in B MATH 123 (Pre-Calculus II). B MATH 123 has a co-requisite support course B MATH 127(Math Strategies)
  • 150-147 places the student in B MATH 122  (Pre-Calculus I)
  • 146 and under places the student in B MATH 121 (Algebra)

MPT - Advanced

  • 163-154 places the student in STMATH 124 (Calculus I) OR BMATH 144 (Calculus for the Life & Social Sciences)
  • 153-145 places the student in B MATH 123 (Pre-Calculus II). B MATH 123 has a co-requisite B MATH 127 (Math Strategies) support course
  • 144 and under students will need to take the MPT-General test for appropriate placement

Scaled scores are created by "standardizing" the distribution of raw scores for each test so that it has a particular mean and standard deviation. Scaled scores correct for minor differences in test difficulty and variability as new test versions are developed, allowing colleges and universities to use the same placement and college readiness cut scores for different versions of the same test. Without scaled scores, variations in test difficulty would require institutions to set different cut scores each time a test version is introduced.

*Please note that UW Bothell offers ONLY the General and Advanced tests. For most accurate placement in a math class at UW Bothell, if you take the test off site, please be sure to take one of these two tests, NOT the Intermediate test.

Schedule, Registration and Cost

It is highly recommended you complete your Math Placement Test at least two weeks before you attend orientation or register. It takes approximately one week for the test to be scored and results distributed.

NOTE: New students entering UW Bothell autumn quarter have the option to register for a math placement test when signing up for a summer orientation date. Please do not use this registration page if you already signed up to take a math placement test through the Orienation and Transition Programs (OTP) site.

Beginning January 1, 2019, the test fee at UW Bothell is $25. There are no refunds if you are unable to take the test on the date you select. Payment is made using PayPal so have a credit card ready when signing up through this page.

It takes approximately 5-7 minutes to complete the registration process. You will need to login using your UW NetID. The registration process is multi-step and must be completed in one sitting.

You will need to show your Admissions Ticket (proof of payment) when you arrive at your testing session. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time to allow for check-in. Students arriving after the posted start time will need to reschedule for another test date.

UW Bothell Test Dates and Location

  Date Start Time


  Friday, November 1, 2019 1:30 PM UW1-071  
  Friday, November 15, 2019 1:30 PM UW1-071  
  Friday, November 22, 2019 1:30 PM UW1-071  
  Friday, December 6, 2019 1:30 PM UW1-071  
  Monday, December 16, 2019 1:30 PM UW1-071  
  Friday, January 3, 2020 1:30 PM UW1-071  


Full testing session?

Check back two business days prior to any test date to learn if seats have become available. We get cancellations and update the rosters. 


Beginning September 1, 2019, parking between 0 to 3.5 hours costs $5.00 while parking over 3.5 hours costs $9.00. Parking must be purchased in advance at pay stations located at each of the parking facilities before proceeding to the testing location. Additional information, directions to campus, and current parking rates can be found here.


To register for a testing session, please click the button below.

(UW Bothell will administer the test ONLY to admitted UW Bothell students!)

Disability Accommodations

If you require disability accommodations, please contact Disability Support Services at 425.352.5307 or e-mail, preferably at least 10 days in advance of the test date. The staff will be more than happy to assist you. Please be aware that you should be prepared to provide documentation of your disability in order to receive academic or testing accommodations.

Preparing for the Test

Sample problems have been developed to assist students in preparing for the test.


Students who wish to take the Math Placement Test a second time may do so after a minimum wait of two weeks. Students who wish to test a third time must wait a minimum of one year.

If you still have questions about math placement testing, please call 425-352-3427 or email for assistance



Scroll down the page for testing dates and the registration link.