Math Placement Information

First-Year Student math placement is determined by:

  • Highest ACT or SAT math score, high school GPA, and in some instances their high school senior year math course.
  • Successful completion of a direct equivalent of an MSU math course via Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or Dual Enrollment credit.

The MSU math placement flow chart will give you an idea of which MSU mathematics or statistics course you can enroll in based on your current ACT or SAT Math scores.

Students without an ACT or SAT math score will complete MSU's online EdReady math program to determine their best course placement.

To learn more about EdReady, visit the EdReady website. There, you will find information on how to sign-up for EdReady, how to use the program, and helpful links to Math Placement and each major’s math requirement.

For more information about EdReady, please contact:

If you plan to use your ACT or SAT Math scores to satisfy the prerequisite and you have not already had your scores sent to MSU Admissions, please bring your test scores to orientation.  Please note that copies of these scores are UNOFFICIAL and will be used for advising purposes only.

If you have any questions regarding math placement, please contact Academic Advising at (406) 994-3532.


Language Placement at MSU

Please note: A webCAPE, CLEP, or AP exam is required for students with previous experience (at least a year of high school language) wishing to take French, German, or Spanish classes.

webCAPE exam information:

  • To take an exam, go to and and create an account
  • The cost is $10.
  • Print out your results or take a screenshot/picture of your score and bring it to The Department of Modern Languages in Gaines 117 (phone: 994-4448 or fax 994-6199). Students seeking placement into Spanish must also complete an oral proficiency interview. After discussing your score & placement, we will register you for a class.

AP exam information:

  • Offered through the Advanced Placement program at your high school.
  • Receive from 3 to 12 credits (up to four MSU classes) and placement in the appropriate course.
    • AP score of 3: 6 credits and placement in 201
    • AP Score of 4: 9 credits and placement in 220
    • AP Score of 5: 12 credits and placement in 300-level courses
  • Make sure that your results are sent to MSU so that you will receive credit here.
  • Talk to The Department of Modern Languages in Gaines 117 (phone: 994-4448 or fax 994-6199) about your score & placement in an MSU class.

CLEP exam information:

  • Receive from 3 to 9 credits (up to three MSU classes) and placement in the appropriate course.
  • Costs $110 at MSU and is offered through MSU’s Testing Services. Computer-based, multiple-choice format.
    • Apply and pay for test at
    • Schedule a test time with MSU’s Testing Services (Renne Library 19, 406-994-6984) or at another institution. For a location near you, search by state and city in the “Search Institutions” section at
    • If you are taking the exam at another institution, ask to have your results forwarded to MSU-Bozeman.
  • Is a computer-based test in a multiple-choice format. In two of the three sections, a paragraph is read to you, & in one section, you read the paragraph. The test takes a maximum of 2 hours.
  • Results are obtained at the completion of the test and are good for one year. If you don’t get the score you’d like, you must wait three months to re-take the exam.
  • Once you have the results, bring a copy to The Department of Modern Languages (phone: 406-944-4448, fax: 406-994-6199) and we can enroll you in the appropriate course. The sooner the better!