Math Self-Assessment Placement Survey at Shippensburg University

About the Math Placement Survey

ACT or SAT scores must be within 2 years from the time a student is accepted and confirmed to Shippensburg University in order to determine if placement testing is required. If you do not have SAT scores, you must take the Math Self-Assessment Placement Survey. 

A Math Placement Survey is required for first-year students whose ACT-M is 21 or less or whose SAT-M is 550 or less.  Students with Math SAT scores greater than 550 are not required to take the Math Placement Survey; however, these students may participate in Optional Math Challenge Testing to increase their level.

Accessing the Math Placement Survey

The Math Placement Survey is 100% online. If you are required to complete the Math Placement Survey, you will see a Placement Activities checklist item in your MyShip portal, as well as the instructions for completing the math survey. 

Access your MyShip Placement Portal to view your placement requirements. 

After the Placement Survey

Math placement scores can fall into one of six categories. 

Different majors will have different math requirements. To help you make sense of your math requirements see the Guidebook for Advising Undergraduate Students to view math General Education Requirements as well as major-specific math requirements as well as the Math placement flow chart. 

Additional Math Placement Information

If you are required to take a prerequisite mathematics course, but you feel that you already know the material covered in one or more of these courses, then you may attempt to increase your Math Placement Level using a free online challenge testing system.

Increasing your level in this way will allow you to take fewer Math classes at Shippensburg, which will save you money, get you on track with your chosen field of study, and make it much more likely that you will graduate in four years. Our goal is to make sure that you are in the appropriate math course based on your math skill level.

The challenge testing system can allow you to increase your Math Level by up to 2 steps, allowing you to take an appropriate Math course based on your skill level.

The purpose of the online challenge testing program is to give you an opportunity to demonstrate the mathematical knowledge that you already have. It is not intended to replace any existing math course, and it cannot be used to earn credit in a course.

The challenge testing program is free and online. You can work on it over the summer. It should be noted that, after August 1st, the higher-level math classes will eventually be filled, so the sooner that you finish the online placement program, the better.

Accessing the Challenge Testing System

If your Math Placement Level and declared major would require you to take a prerequisite math course, you are already enrolled in the system! You should have already received an email from containing detailed instructions on how to access the system. If you have any questions, please contact our office.