Math Directed Self Placement (DSP)

Math Directed Self-Placement is an alternative to standardized placement processes for math placement. Our Math DSP tool is designed to help students determine which math level is right for them. The tool is not timed or graded.

Take the Math Directed Self Placement

Math DSP is not a test - it is a tool that can help you figure out which math class you should take as you start your journey at Seattle Colleges. The tool will not tell you what class(es) to choose or register you in class. It will guide you through examples of math problems that you might see in different classes. You’ll be asked to rate your confidence in solving them. Based on your answers, DSP will suggest classes to you.

After you have these suggestions, you can choose courses on your own or speak with an advisor. Our advising team can help make sure the class is appropriate for you based on the results, your program of study, and anything else that might play into your decision.

Ultimately, YOU will decide where to start on the math pathway. After you finish the DSP, you will receive an email confirmation with details on how to register or how to meet with your advisor.

To learn more about your Math placement options, please email

Frequently Asked Questions about Math DSP

No. Once you have completed the Math DSP, your scores will be sent to our Student Placement office to be processed. Please allow two (2) business days for your record to be updated. Once your Math DSP score is processed, you will be able to register for your selected math class. Please review the academic calendar for open registration dates. 

No. If you believe your Math DSP scores are not yet recorded after two (2) business days, please follow up with the Student Placement office at and include this email confirmation. 

If you have questions about what steps to take next in the enrollment process, please connect with the Welcome Center for an enrollment coaching appointment or follow our Steps to Enroll Guides

Yes. You can meet with an Advisor once you have completed the Math DSP. Although it can take two (2) business days for your Math DSP score to be recorded, an Advisor can review your Math placement and help you discuss classes and other questions if you show them your confirmation email. You will need to wait until your Math DSP score to be recorded before registering.

Yes. Please review our class schedule.

Please contact Student Assessment Services at Be sure to include your full name and ctcLink ID number if you have it.