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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

MTH 100

Math-ACT or
Math Placement Test*

MA 112

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

MA 113

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

MA 115

Math-ACT or
Math Placement Test*
25 or above

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

MA 125

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

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.

Who does not have to take the mathematics placement test ?

  • Students who have an ACT score.
  • Students who receive transfer credit for mathematics courses at or above the level of MA 112. Please refer to the student transfer credit evaluation.

Who has to take the mathematics placement test ?

  • Students who do not have an ACT score.
  • Students who need courses which have math pre-requisite of MA112 or above but no transfer credit for those courses.

Who might wish to take the mathematics placement test ?

  • Students who have course credit may take the exam to check their mastery of the material.
  • Students who disagree with the course placement as determined by ACT score.

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:

  • (All the following dates are during the year 2014)
  • Wednesday April 16;
  • Tuesday May 20; Wednesday May 21; Thursday May 22; Friday May 23; Tuesday May 27;
  • Friday June 6; Tuesday June 10; Friday June 13; Thursday June 19; Friday June 20; Monday June 23;
  • Tuesday July 8; Thursday July 10; Friday July 11; Tuesday July 15; Thursday July 17; Friday July 18; Monday July 21; Thursday July 25;
  • Monday August 11; Wednesday August 13; Friday August 15; Monday August 18;
  • plus one reserved for Engineering Bridge students only on Friday August 15 at the special time of 9:30 am in room 405 ILB.

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.


  • Prerequisite overrides can be granted by the chair of Mathematics and Statistics, but these will only be given in exceptional cases such as those in which college credit from another institution, AP credit, or IB credit has not been recorded in PAWS.
  • Students should anticipate a 48 hour lag between the time they take the Math Placement Test and the time they can register for a math class.
  • Students should be encouraged to take the Math Placement Test early in their college career. Furthermore, they should be encouraged to fulfill their math requirements early. Mathematics knowledge and ability are necessary in quantitative courses, scientific courses, and a variety of applied business courses.
  • Retaking the Math Placement Test is allowed only under special circumstances. To do so, students must bring a signed letter stating this need to the Department of Mathematics and Statistics (ILB 325). The letter must be written by either the student's present mathematics instructor, or the student's academic advisor. Students will then be placed on a contact list; retakes occur once each semester, just prior to registration for the next term, in a proctored, class-room environment.

Last modified on Tuesday, 22-Apr-2014 14:48:23 CDT

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