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Placement Testing

At Millersville, all students must take at least one math course. To help determine which math course will be best for you to take, all students are required to take a math placement test. This test will help faculty members and advisors schedule you in the appropriate math course. For similar reasons, some students may be required to take a foreign language placement test as well. 

If you are a new student for the upcoming Fall 2014 semester (or a continuing student that has yet to take a math placement test), please sign up for one of these testing dates.  See below under Placement Testing Schedule for more details.  Please note that you may also schedule the math placement exam on an individual basis by contacting the math department at 717-872-3531.

Many majors will take their math placement exam after classes have begun and do not need to register for or take their placement exams prior to the times listed below.

If you are in one of the majors listed below (or are considering majoring in one of them) you are required to take your placement exam during one of the placement testing dates below.  If your major is NOT listed below, you will take your placement exam after classes have begun:

  • Biology
  • Economics
  • Earth Science
  • Computer Science
  • Applied Engineering, Safety & Technology
  • Meterology
  • Mathematics
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Business Administration
  • All Middle Level Education Majors
  • Early Childhood
  • Early Childhood/SPecial Eduction

To register for the math placement exam, click here and fully complete the form to register.

Placement Testing and Majors

Chemistry, Physics, Meteorology, Biology and Earth Science majors (or students considering one of these majors) are REQUIRED to take a Math placement exam.

Math is also required for all non-science majors, including ERCH, ECSP and MDLV majors.

Incoming students who have declared Early Childhood, Middle Level or Early Childhood/Special Education as their major and incoming students who are currently undeclared but intend to declare one of these as a major please note the following:

The placement test that you will be taking is called the Basic Skills Test (BST). On the math department website there is a list of topics covered on the BST, a set of sample questions and their solutions. Learn more about the Basic Skills Test. 

MDLV Math and MDLV Science majors are required to take both the MPT and BST.  Both tests can be taken on any of the placement exam dates listed here.

Placement Testing Schedule

Placement exams are currently scheduled to be held during the following dates and times:

Date Math

5/31

10:00 AM

7/12

10:00 AM

To register for any of the tests, click here and fully complete the form to register.  Please note that you may also schedule the math placement exam on an individual basis by contacting the math department at 717-872-3531.

If you encounter any problems with the registration form, contact the Registrar's Office at (717)872-3035 or via email at registrar-freshman@millersville.edu.

Placement exam check-in will take place on the grounds between Caputo Hall and Breidenstine Hall (there will be a tent setup between the buildings where check-in will take place) beginning at 9 AM on the dates listed above.  For a map of the campus, please click here: http://www.millersville.edu/directions/#

Students who are transferring in credits and wish to see if they may be exempt from taking a placement test, should read the information listed below. If there are further questions, contact the placement coordinator for the department you are inquiring about, listed at the bottom of this page. It is possible that transfer students will receive an exemption from taking the math placement test, but that determination will be made only through the math placement coordinator.

Math Placement Test

This test is required for all new students. (Transfer students who have received credit for a college-level math course should contact the math placement coordinator to see if they must take this test.  Email dschultz@millersville.edu, or call 717-872-3531).  Click here to register now. 

You may also schedule the math placement exam on an individual basis by contacting the math department at 717-872-3531.

Chemistry Placement Test

The Chemistry department will no longer administer the chemistry placement test. Students will be placed in CHEM 111 based on their math placement. Students should have a MPT of 160 or higher or a pre-co-requisite of MATH 101. Students who have a pre or co-requisite of MATH 101 are strongly encouraged to visit the Chemistry Department web site and take the self-directed assessment test to see that they have the appropriate background to succeed in CHEM 111. Students in MATH 090 must take CHEM 110.

Please contact the Chemistry department for any questions - 717-872-3411

Foreign Language Placement Test

All entering foreign language majors are required to take the foreign language placement test to assess the extent of their competency in the target language they wish to study (French, German and Spanish). The placement test is also used to determine the appropriate level for all students wishing to take a course numbered 201 or above. Details regarding the foreign language placement test can be obtained by viewing the foreign language department website.

Special Accommodations

If you need special accommodations for testing due to a physical and/or learning disability, please contact the Office of Learning Services at 717-872-3178.

Placement Test Contacts

Math Placement Information:
Dr. Delray Schultz, 717-872-3535, delray.schultz@millersville.edu

Foreign Language Placement Information:
Dr. Christine Gaudry-Hudson , 717-872-3526, foreign.languages@millersville.edu