Placement Tests & Civics Exam

Placement exams help us match students with the course levels and programs they’re most likely to succeed in. In other words, don’t stress—it’s about finding the right fit for you. Learn more about our math and foreign language placement tests below, and be sure to read up on the new, state-mandated Civics Exam, too.

You can access all three of these exams and find more information in the Pre-Orientation Task Center in MizzouOne.

Math Placement Exam

A math course is part of Mizzou’s general education requirements. The MyMathTest helps your academic advisor make sure you’re registered for a math class that meets your needs. All incoming freshmen should take the math placement assessment (even students with AP credit or dual credit).

The MyMathTest (MMT) online assessment takes 1-2 hours to complete. Once you’ve started the test, you’ll have 48 hours to finish and submit it. Before you take the test, you’ll get access to a study guide to help improve your test scores and prepare you for math at Mizzou.

Visit math.missouri.edu/math-placement to take the test or find more information, including the deadlines for completing the exam in time for fall and spring enrollment.

When you’re ready, log in to MyMathTest with your MU email account.

Foreign Language Placement Tests

If you’re interested in taking a foreign language course at Mizzou, taking the online placement exam for your chosen language will ensure you enroll in a course level appropriate to your experience and skills. Because you’ll be registering for classes during orientation, you should complete the exam before your scheduled orientation date.

Online exams are available for French, Spanish, and German. Foreign language courses are a graduation requirement for specific degrees in international business, journalism and many within the College of Arts and Science.

You can access Mizzou’s Foreign Language Placement Exams in your Canvas account by following the steps below:

  • Log in to Canvas with your MyZou username and password
  • Look for the blue “Enroll in course” button and select it to find your placement exam
  • Add the “course” to your dashboard
  • Next, you can either select “Go to the course” to begin the test right away or click “Go to your dashboard”, where the exam will be saved for you to complete later
Civics Exam

Missouri state law requires that all first-time college students enrolling in a full-time, two- or four-year program after July 2019 pass the Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement Examination (MHECAE) before graduating.

Note: a passing grade is required before you graduate from Mizzou; if you take the test during Summer Welcome and don’t pass, don’t worry! You can take it again after you’ve started the school year at Mizzou.

You can access and take the MHECAE in Canvas once your account is activated. More information can be found in the Pre-Orientation Task Center on MizzouOne

You can find sample questions for the civics exam in Canvas. You can also prepare for the exam using the United States Naturalization Test study guide, which covers much of the same material, here.

If you require accommodations through the Americans with Disabilities Act, we’ll arrange for you to take the exam on campus after the fall semester begins. Learn more about accessibility during orientation at newstudent.missouri.edu/resources/accessibility.