Math Placement

Students will be permitted to enroll in mathematics classes based on either a prerequisite course, their Math-ACT scores or the Mathematics Placement test as follows:

Course Placement
USA Math Course Prereq/ACT/Placement Grade/Score

DS 082

Math-ACT or
Math Placement Test*
Below 19
50-59

MTH 100

Math-ACT or
Math Placement Test*
19-21
60-69

MA 112

MTH 100 or
Math-ACT or
Math Placement Test*
C or above
22 or above
70-79

MA 113

MA 112 or
Math-ACT or
Math Placement Test*
C or above
24 or above
80-89

MA 115

Math-ACT or
Math Placement Test*
25 or above
80-89

MA 120

MA 112 or
MA 113 or
MA 115 or
Math-ACT or
Math Placement Test*
C or above
C or above
C or above
23 or above
80-89

MA 125

MA 113 or
MA 115 or
Math-ACT or
Math Placement Test*
C or above
C or above
27 or above
90-100

Please read:

  1. This is a new Math Placement test, effective Fall 2011. It replaces the old Math Placement test. Please note the revised scoring system.
  2. MA 110 does not require the placement test or any minimum Math-ACT score or any previous math class. But MA 110 also does not serve as a prerequisite for any other math or stat course. MA 110 only fulfills the mathematics requirements in selected academic programs. Check the University Bulletin.
  3. Students admitted to the University as conditional freshmen must take the math placement exam proctored in the Department of Developmental Studies (251-460-7155) during new student orientation. Conditional freshmen students should not take the Math Placement Test in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics. These students are required to successfully complete courses through MTH100, regardless of where they start in the DS math sequence, before beginning college-level math.

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Mathematics placement test schedule

The placement test is a computer-based test. The test will be proctored and no calculators, computers, tablets, cell-phones or outside resources will be allowed. Unless stated otherwise, the placement exam will be given in room 245 of the Instructional Laboratory Building (ILB) at 2:30pm during the following dates:

Instructions: Students must complete the placement test within one uninterrupted attempt. Logging off and logging back on to complete the test is not allowed. Students will need their JAG number and their Jagmail email address (provided by the USA Office of Admissions) to take the test. The result of a test will be emailed to the student's Jagmail email address. The mathematics placement test score will not be included on any transcript. Student should keep a copy of his/her Mathematics Placement Test results to take to his/her academic advisor. Direct questions about the test to or contact the Mathematics and Statistics Department (251-460-6264). The PAWS registration system will enforce the placement and course prerequisites as indicated in the Course Placement table above.

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Last modified on Friday, 18-May-2012 18:57:31 CDT