Math Placement Exams

A number of majors at SUNY Oswego require a math course in addition to the general education requirement. These majors require all students to take a math placement exam at orientation. 

Below is a list of majors:

School of Business Majors and Technology Management Majors : All School of Business majors listed below and Technology Management Majors are required to complete MAT 208 (Mathematical Applications for Business and Management) and MAT 158 (Introduction to Statistics A):

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration
  • Finance
  • Human Resource Management
  • Management Accounting
  • Marketing
  • Operations Management and Information Systems
  • Public Accounting
  • Risk Management Insurance

Natural Science, Computer Science, Economics, Math Majors - All majors listed below are required to complete at least one calculus-based course for degree requirements: 

  • Adolescence Education (Math and Science Concentrates)
  • Applied Mathematical Economics
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Engineering 3/2
  • Geochemistry
  • Geology
  • Mathematics
  • Meteorology
  • Physics
  • Pre-Health Programs
  • Software Engineering
  • Zoology

If you do not see your major listed above there is no additional math requirement beyond the general education requirement and you are not required to take the math entrance exam.

The exam administered at Orientation is Accuplacer, an online computer-adaptive test. The exam results will be used to verify your pre-registered courses for the following semester.  
To better prepare for the exam please click here and scroll to pages 11-14.

Undeclared Students: Students who are currently undeclared are NOT required to take a math entrance exam. If you are considering one of the majors above that is required to take an exam, please send an email from your Oswego email address to mathentrance@oswego.edu. The email should give the following information: Name, Student ID Number, Undeclared Major, and Possible Major in which you would like to take Math Entrance Exam. The Entrance Exam results will be used to determine your pre-registered courses for the fall.

Incoming Freshmen: If you are required to take a math placement exam at your Orientation session please check in between 8am-9am in Johnson/Riggs Hall. The exam will begin at 9:30am in Penfield Library on Day One of Orientation.

Incoming Transfers: If you are required to take a math placement exam at your Orientation session please check in by 7:15am in Lanigan Hall. The exam will begin at 8am in Penfield Library. 

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