MTH 110 Proficiency Test

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Note: If you have taken AP Calculus (even if you haven't taken the official AP test), you need not take the MTH 110 proficiency test. We will update your placement in person on your registration day to MTH 122 & MTH 123 Fulfilled.

Directions to prepare for and take the MTH 110 proficiency test:

  • First, take the MTH 110 practice test at This is a PDF version and does not require the online system.
  • Next watch this video to learn how to take the test online (the video explains the process for the MTH 110, 122, and 123 proficiency tests).
  • Finally, ensure that you have a strong and stable internet connection, and take the actual online MTH 110 proficiency test: from using your GVSU login and password*, choose one of the two MTH 110 exams. You can take each version of the exam once for two attempts total.
    * if you are a new student, directions to set up your GVSU network ID and password were emailed to you shortly after you were admitted to the university; the subject line was “Your Network Credentials”.  If you haven’t yet set them up, you can do so via your GVSU application portal.  If you have questions about your login credentials, please contact GVSU Admissions at 616-331-2025 or [email protected]).

A score of 9/25 or lower on the MTH 110 proficiency test corresponds to placement in MTH 108; a score of 10/25 to 16/25 results in placement in MTH 110; and a score of 17/25 to 25/25 results in a placement of MTH 110 Fulfilled; “MTH 110 Fulfilled” is needed in order to take courses with MTH 110 as a prerequisite.

If you earn a score of 17/25 or better on the MTH 110 proficiency test, you should then take the MTH 122 and MTH 123 proficiency tests in order to get the highest math placement you can.

Additional information about MTH 108/109 and MTH 110 and why proficiency testing is important:

MTH 108/109 (Stretch Algebra) is the 2-semester, 6-credit version of MTH 110 (Algebra, 4 credits); MTH 110 is a prerequisite for many other courses on campus including many of the courses in the General Education Mathematical Sciences Foundations category. 

The ACT/SAT does not always measure students' full aptitude and experience, and not all students take the ACT/SAT. Taking the GVSU MTH 110 proficiency test offers you the opportunity to pass out of MTH 110 and thus take courses more suited to your mathematical preparation; this also saves tuition costs and time to graduation. Taking the test now also makes it less likely you'll need to adjust your class schedule after your Orientation day. Many students pass the proficiency exam and gain placement higher than their initial category. 

If you have any questions regarding the math proficiency tests, please contact the Department of Mathematics - Math Proficiency Testing: [email protected] or (616) 331-2040.

Page last modified March 27, 2023