Placement Exam

Placement Exams

Students must register and complete math and chemistry placement exams, if required, before attending orientation. 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.

Please note: Recently admitted (incoming freshman and transfer) students will be able to register after April 15, 2016 on their PAWS accounts to attend a math placement session. Students must complete required placement exams before attending orientation. Register for math and chemistry placement exams first, then register for orientation.

To register for required placement exams:

  1. Log on to PAWS account.
  2. Select the Enrollment tab
  3. Select the Math and Chemistry Placement links. (Students attending the Freshman Overnight will take the math and chemistry placement exams during their first day of orientation, but still need to register for their placement exams. Select Freshman Overnight.)

Note: Information on this page is for incoming freshman and transfer students only. Current Georgia State students seeking information about placement testing, please visit Testing in the Counseling and Testing Center for more information.

Math Placement
Students in programs that require MATH 1111 (College Algebra) or higher must take the math placement exam, which will assess their skills and place them 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. Students should have their Panther ID number and one form of photo-bearing identification available at the time of they take their 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 the following majors:

  • College of Arts and Sciences: Biology, chemistry, computer science, environmental science (B.I.S.), geology, math, neuroscience, physics, psychology (pre-med only) and 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 and risk management. Note: The College of Business requires students to take Math 1111 or higher in Area A.
  • College of Education and Human Development: Exercise science, health and physical education, and middle childhood education
  • Andrew Young School of Policy Studies: Economics (B.S. only)

The math placement exam is optional but strongly encouraged to assess math skills for the following majors:

  • College of Arts and Sciences: African American studies, anthropology, applied linguistics, studio art, art education, art history, interdisciplinary studies, English, film and video, French, German, geography, history, journalism, music, music management, philosophy, political science, psychology (B.A. only), religious studies, Spanish, speech, sociology and women’s studies.
  • College of Education and Human Development: Birth to five and early childhood education
  • Nursing and Health Professions: Respiratory therapy, nursing and nutrition
  • Andrew Young School of Policy Studies: Economics (B.A. only), international economics, modern languages, public policy and social work

Math Placement Exam Dates
To register for math placement exams and view available dates and times, visit Testing.

For more information on the Math Placement exam requirement, contact the University Advisement Center at 404-413-2300. For information about dates, times and locations, contact Testing at 404-413-1736.

Chemistry Placement
Chem 1211K (Principles of Chemistry) is required for biology and chemistry majors, and, to qualify for this course, students must pass the chemistry placement exam, unless they have an AP chemistry score of 2 or better, an SAT subject score of 600 or have completed a college-level chemistry course.

No fee is required for taking the exam the first time. Students should bring a non-programmable calculator, two No. 2 pencils and their Panther ID number.

To review for the chemistry placement exam, use this practice test.

The chemistry placement exam is required for the following majors:

  • College of Arts and Sciences: Biology, chemistry, physics and pre-med
  • Planning to enter medical, dental, pharmacy, veterinary, advanced physical therapy and physician assistant programs but not nursing. (Nursing students should register for Chem 1151K.)

Chemistry Placement Exam Dates
Students who think they may be exempt from this test should contact the Department of Chemistry website or call 404-413-5500. 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 World Languages and Cultures, please call 404-413-5980 or visit Langdale Hall, Suite 841.
Math and Chemistry Placement Testing Location and Parking Information

Parking at Georgia State is limited, and students are encouraged to use public transportation such as MARTAParking also is available in the Georgia State University parking facilities.


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