UH Hilo Math Placement Assessment

The Math Placement Assessment covers topics in College Algebra, Precalculus Functions, and Trigonometry, and determines which UH Hilo Math course aligns with your demonstrated knowledge.

You have one hour to complete three sections with 10 multiple choice questions per section. Each correct response counts as one point; incorrect or blank responses are scored as zero.

Students will be place into one or more of the following courses based upon the final score earned.

  • MATH 103 Intro to College Algebra
  • MATH 125 Applied Calculus
  • MATH 135 Precalc: Elementary Functions
  • MATH 140 Precalc: Trig/Analytic Geometry
  • MATH 140X Precalculus
  • MATH 241 Calculus I

If you want to register for a course higher than MATH 241, please contact the Mathematics faculty member teaching that course. These requests are evaluated on a case by case basis.

Do not take this exam if you plan to register for MATH 100 Survey of Math or MATH 115 Intro to Statistics & Probability.

The Math Placement Assessment is being updated. The new assessment will launch April 1st,2019. Please contact Kilohana: The Academic Success Center if you have any questions prior to the launch.

Taking the Assessment

If you need accommodations for a documented disability and require a different test format, please contact Disability Services.

Viewing the Math

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Begin or Resume the Exam

Log in with your UH username and password to begin the exam, continue where you left off, or see your placement results.


You are expected to answer the exam questions without any external resources or references beyond a simple, non-graphing calculator. Using such outside resources for this exam is considered cheating.

Cheating is a violation of UH Hilo's Academic Dishonesty Policy and Student Conduct Code and will be regulated by said policies. Furthermore, cheating may result in placement into a course for which you are unprepared.

Format of the Assessment

The assessment is thirty multiple choice questions broken into three parts. To answer a question, simply click on your selected answer. You may change your mind at any time prior to submitting your exam for placement by clicking on a different answer. Your exam is not complete until you click the Submit button at the end of the exam.

Example Question:

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Scoring the Assessment

After you submit your assessment, it will be evaluated immediately and you will see the Math course(s) in which you most appropriately place. Print a copy or take a screenshot of the results page and retain for your record.

Please note that your scores will be manually entered onto your student record according to the following schedule:

  • If you take the assessment between 3:00 pm on a Monday through 9:00 am on a Thursday, your score will be entered no later than 4:00 pm Thursday.
  • If you take the assessment between 3:00 pm on a Thursday through 9:00am on a Monday, your score will be entered no later than 4:00 pm Monday.

If Monday or Thursday is a holiday the scores will be entered onto your student record as soon as possible after the holiday.

During Orientation Week and Early Advising/Early Registration Week scores will be entered onto student records Monday through Friday (once daily; excluding holidays) during the fall and spring semesters.

After your score is entered onto your student record you can register for the course into which you are placed.