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CMU Math Placement

The CMU Math Placement is hosted by Stemify, a web-based, artificially intelligent math assessment and learning system. This placement assessment will help decide what mathematics courses to enroll in at CMU, as well as to help you prepare for your course through the use of the Learning Library. 

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Taking the CMU Math placement

Who should take the math placement?

All First-Year or New CMU students:
If you are just beginning your CMU journey, you are required to complete the CMU Math placement assessment.

Current CMU students: If you are a current CMU student who needs to decide what level of math you should take for your major, pre-requisites, etc., you should complete the CMU Math placement assessment.

Info and tips for taking the CMU Math placement

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  • You will be asked approximately 33 questions.
  • You will have 180 minutes to complete the questions (you need to answer all questions at this time - do not log off during the assessment!). If you do not complete the questions within that time, you will have to re-take it.
  • You are only allowed a total of 5 attempts on the CMU (Stemify) Placement, including partially completed attempts.
  • Be honest about your skill level. There is no benefit to cheating on the CMU Math Placement - this could result in you taking a class that does not match your current math level, leading to wasted time and money, and delayed degree completion.

The goal of the CMU Math Placement is to measure your current skill level so you will be successful in your course/s.

Preparing for the CMU Math placement

  • Be sure you are logged into Centrallink (sign in at and then use the button below to access Stemify (otherwise your score will not be reported to CMU).
  • You will need to enter your CMU Global ID (such as smith1ab) and password. Please do not use your 6-digit student ID number).
  • Make sure you have paper, a pencil/pen, and a calculator to work out the assessment problems.
  • Use the Stemify Learning Library  (you will be asked to log in with your CMU global ID and password) to help you prepare for the assessment. Use the button below.


What assessment do I take?

The assessment you need to take (algebra or calculus) depends on the major you're considering. 

Calculus Assessment:

Take the calculus assessment if you are considering majoring in one of the areas below (if you earn a 16 or below on the calculus assessment, please take the algebra assessment as well).

Algebra Assessment:

Take the algebra assessment if you are not considering majoring in one of the following areas below OR if you take the calculus assessment an earn a score of 16 or below. 

Take the calculus assessment if you plan to major in one of the following:

  • Actuarial Science
  • Astronomy
  • Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Cybersecurity
  • Data Science
  • Engineering 
  • Geology
  • Information Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Meteorology
  • Physics
  • Statistics
  • Secondary Education (any subject)

After taking the CMU Math placement

  • Improve your score (if needed): Use the Personalized Study Plan you get after the assessment to review math concepts before retaking the CMU Math Placement. You can also use the Stemify Learning Library (you will be asked to log in with your CMU global ID and password) to practice your math skills (see button below).
  • After completing the assessment, you will see details on the concepts you have mastered and those you have yet to master. Your placement into a math course is based on the score.
  • Your CMU Stemify Math Placement score will be automatically added to your CMU records within approximately 24 hours after completing it.
  • If you are satisfied with your placement, no further action is needed.
  • If you want to try to improve your score/placement, you can take the CMU Math Placement again after 48 hours. Your highest score will be used for placement.


    Remember you must be logged into Centrallink before accessing the Stemify website (sign in at

    Take CMU Math Placement

    Your score

    Using the table below, write in the course(s) you're eligible to take (print your results if you wish). You will discuss your results with your Academic Advisor.

    CMU Math CourseAlgebra ScoreCalculus Score
    MTH 1010 - 9 N/A
    MTH 10510 - 17 N/A
    MTH 10718 - 26 N/A
    MTH 1130 - 9 N/A
    MTH 13027 + 17 - 21
    MTH 132N/A22 +
    STA 28218 - 26N/A