Mathematics Placement Testing

Mathematics Placement Testing

Who must take a placement test?

The Math Placement Exam is required of all entering students. You should take it prior to registering for your first MATH course. Students entering Millersville normally take the placement exam during summer orientation sessions. For information about the exam, contact Dr. Delray Schultz.

How to take the Placement Test

To arrange a placement test, contact the Mathematics Department at 717-871-7668.  If you are in need of any special accommodations, please contact the Office of Learning Services at 717-871-5554.

Early childhood and middle level education majors must take and pass the Basic Skills Test before enrolling in Math 104 (see below). A passing score on the BST is also required of transfer students in early childhood and middle level education who wish to enroll in Math 104 or Math 105.

The Basic Skills Test

All students (including transfers) wishing to enroll in MATH 104 for the upcoming semester will need to take and pass the BST prior to registration (with a minimum score of 80%). Students transferring 104 credit and wishing to enroll in MATH 105 for the upcoming semester will also need to take and pass the BST prior to registration (with a minimum score of 80%).

The exam consists of 25 questions that test knowledge in specific content domains. Students have 50 minutes to complete the exam. No calculators or electronic devices may be used. Students will need to present a photo ID (preferably their student ID) and their M number at the testing site.

Review materials:  (Note: These materials are for the Basic Skills Test only.)

 Hard copies of these review materials are available in the Math Department Office (Wickersham 208).

You do not need to register in advance to take the test: Just show up!

There are 3 testing dates for Fall, 2018 (for continuing students):

  • Wednesday, October 17, 2018:
    11 AM, 3 PM and 6 PM – Wickersham 201
  • Wednesday, October 31, 2018:
    11 AM, 3 PM and 6 PM – Wickersham 201
  • Wednesday, November 14, 2018: (* the exam may only be taken three times in one semester under certain conditions; see below)
    11 AM, 3 PM and 6 PM – Wickersham 201

Note: Incoming freshmen and transfer students see dates and times above.  The Basic Skills Test will be given at the same times as the Math Placement Test.

IMPORTANT: The test may be taken 2 times each semester without any restrictions, but only once per day.

Students may only take the test a 3rd time during the semester if they have reviewed both of their prior exams during a scheduled review session or by meeting with a member of the Mathematics Department Committee overseeing the test.

The review sessions will be held on:

  • Wednesday, October 24 - 4 PM, Wickersham 201
  • Wednesday, November 7 - 4 PM, Wickersham 201

The times and locations of the review sessions will be posted here when available.

Sessions will allow students to access their test, to look at their errors, and to ask questions. Students will not be able to take the exams with them. The professor in charge of the sessions will complete proper documentation for those in attendance.

Note: if you have consistently scored below a 14, you are advised to consider enrolling in MATH 090 to improve your arithmetic skills prior to enrolling in MATH 104.

Obtaining Your BST Score via your MAX Account

  • Go to the Millersville University homepage ( )
  • Select “MAX Banner Portal”
  • Enter your User ID
  • Enter your PIN
  • Click on “login”
  • Select “Student Services”
  • Select “Registration”
  • Select “Placement Exam Scores”

If you passed the BST you will see: Placement results – Math Course 104 Please print this sheet for your records and/or submission to the ELED Department.
If you did not pass the BST you will see: Did not pass Math BST: Score = XX (where XX is the score of your test)

For more information, contact: Dr. Delray Schultz (717-871-7314).