Algebra Math Placement Test Instructions

The Algebra Math Placement Test is required of all incoming first-year students of the university in the following majors:

  • Business

  • Arts

  • Humanities

If your major is not listed above, please visit this page for access to the PreCalculus Math Placement Test.

The Algebra Math Placement Test is delivered online, and you should take it in your home country. This exam will determine which math course you are placed in, so it is very important that the result be an accurate reflection of your math skills. If you are placed above your abilities in a course which is too hard for you, you will likely get a bad grade and have difficulty progressing into your degree program.

Exam Details

You will have 90 minutes to take the test; the sooner you take the test, the sooner you will be able to know which math class you will take this semester.

Review the Algebra practice test and other important online resources here to prepare before taking the actual test.

Create your VIP ID password by visiting Make sure to have your VIP ID and USC ID (both are included in your admissions letter). Follow the instructions in the video below.

Obtain your USC network username and create a password by visiting You will use this username and password to login to take your math placement test. Follow the instructions in the video below.


Watch the video below for instructions on where to find the math placement test.

When you are ready, take the Algebra Math Placement Test by visiting

After you have completed the math placement test, please email and include a screenshot of your test score in your email.

Please email if you have any questions, and please do not wait to take this test.