Placement Exams

Math Placement Information

It is a university-wide policy that the prerequisites for mathematics and statistics courses will be enforced. The prerequisite skills can be verified via your AP CreditACT or SAT Math scores or by taking the Math Placement Level Exam (MPLEX).

The MSU math placement flow chart (Summer 2016) that will be sent to you with other Orientation materials, 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. 

If you would like to enroll in a higher-level math course than your score allows, you can attempt a higher placement by taking the Math Placement Level Exam (MPLEX) during your Orientation session or by scheduling an appointment with Testing Services

If you plan to take the exam, be sure to bring a calculator to Orientation. A sample MPLEX can be found on the mathematical sciences website at

Keep in mind that placement exam scores are only good for one year. If you do not pass a math class within one year of testing, you will need to take the placement exam again.

In addition, students who will be attending MSU or are currently attending MSU are eligible for Ed Ready, an online Math readiness tool. This is FREE and designed for any student with an ACT math score of 21 (SAT: 520, MPLEX Level 2) or less. 

EdReady FAQ 

EdReady Enrollment Form 

For more information about EdReady please contact:

Brett Runnion


EdReady FAQ 

To sign up for EdReady, visit Once you fill out this form, you can expect to receive an email with login information within one week. If you do not receive a login within 7 days, please

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 Testing Services at (406) 994-6984 or Academic Advising at (406) 994-3532.


Language Placement at MSU

 What is your case?

"I have never had a course in the language before, or I have studied the language for less than a year." (see A)

 "I have studied the language for one year or more in High School but did not take an AP exam." (see B)

 "I took an AP exam in a language in High School." (see C)

 "I have taken language classes at another college." (see D)

 "I learned a language primarily through non-academic experience while living abroad." (see B)

 "I have taken university-level language courses abroad." (see E)

 “I am a native or heritage speaker of another language.” (see F)

 A. If you have never studied the language before or have studied it for less than a year, go to the Modern Languages main office in Gaines 117. You will just sign a form and we will enroll you in the first semester course. You can also call us at (406) 994-4448 before you come to Bozeman to pre-enroll and then sign the form when you are here.

 B. If you have had one year or more of the language in High school or you have learned the language while living abroad, you will likely need to take the CLEP exam in order to enroll in a class.

  • 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 (19 Renne Library, 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 us (Tracy in Gaines 117, phone: 994-4448, fax: 994-6199) and we can enroll you in the appropriate course. The sooner the better!

C. If you have taken an AP exam in the language, your score will determine how many credits you receive and your course placement as follows:

    • AP score of 3: 6 credits and placement in 201
    • AP Score of 4: 9 credits and placement in 202
    • 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. Have them sent to the Registrar's Office (101 Montana Hall, Bozeman, MT 59717-6650). If you want further information, you can contact Enrollment Services at (406) 994-6620.
  • Talk to Tracy in Gaines 117 (phone: 994-4448 or fax 994-6199) about your score & placement in an MSU class.

 D. If you took courses in the language at another college, show us (Gaines 117) or fax us (406-994-6199) a copy of your transcript (it does not need to be official), and we will enroll you in the appropriate course. Also make sure to have your other college send your transcript to MSU-Bozeman. You can do this from your home. The sooner the better!

E. If you have taken university-level language courses at an institution abroad, two things could happen:

  • If your courses were accredited by another university, show us (Gaines 117) or fax us (406-994-6199) a copy of your transcript (it does not need to be official), and we will enroll you in the appropriate course. You can do this from home. The sooner the better!!
  • If your courses have not been accredited by another U.S. institution, you will need to either take the CLEP exam (see B) or have your transcript sent to MSU by the foreign institution.

F. Native speakers of a language need to talk to a Modern Languages advisor.

G. Additional Information

  • The CLEP or the AP exam is required for students with previous experience wishing to take Spanish, but is optional for those with previous experience in French, and German. It’s still recommended because it will probably save you time & money!