About the Placement Exam

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Students will be permitted to enroll in mathematics classes based on either a prerequisite course, their Math-ACT score, their Math-SAT score, or the Mathematics Placement test as follows. (Note- the Mathematics Placement test is the version given starting in Fall 2011 and later)

USA Math Course Prereq/ACT/Placement Grade/Score

DS 082

Math-ACT or
Math-SAT (taken before 5/16) or
Math-SAT (taken 5/16 or later) or
Math Placement Test
Below 19
Below 500
Below 530
50-59

MTH 100

Math-ACT or
Math-SAT (taken before 5/16) or
Math-SAT (taken 5/16 or later) or
Math Placement Test
19-21
500 or above
530 or above
60-69

MA 112

MTH 100 or MTH 101 or
Math-ACT or
Math-SAT (taken before 5/16) or
Math-SAT (taken 5/16 or later) or
Math Placement Test
C or above
22 or above
560 or above
580 or above
70-79

MA 113

MA 112 or
Math-ACT or
Math-SAT (taken before 5/16) or
Math-SAT (taken 5/16 or later) or
Math Placement Test
C or above
24 or above
590 or above
610 or above
80-89

MA 115

Math-ACT or
Math-SAT (taken before 5/16) or
Math-SAT (taken 5/16 or later) or
Math Placement Test
25 or above
620 or above
640 or above
80-89

MA 120

MA 112 or
Math-ACT or
Math-SAT (taken before 5/16) or
Math-SAT (taken 5/16 or later) or
Math Placement Test
C or above
23 or above
575 or above
595 or above
80-89

MA 125

MA 113 or
MA 115 or
Math-ACT or
Math-SAT (taken before 5/16) or
Math-SAT (taken 5/16 or later) or
Math Placement Test
C or above
C or above
27 or above
665 or above
695 or above
90-100

Please read:

  1. The Mathematics Placement test referred to in the table above is the version given starting in Fall 2011 and later.
  2. MA 110 does not require the placement test or any minimum Math-ACT or Math-SAT score or any previous math class. But MA 110 does not serve as a substitute for the prerequisites for any core course, such as any precalculus or any calculus course. MA 110 only fulfills the mathematics requirements in selected academic programs. Check the University Bulletin for further details.
  3. MTH 101 does not require the placement test or any minimum Math-ACT or Math-SAT score or any previous math class.  Students who successfully complete MTH 101 may enroll in MA 112.
  4. Conditional freshmen students are required to successfully complete courses through MTH 100, 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 either a SAT score or 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 have neither a SAT score nor 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 their ACT or SAT score. A student who disagrees with his/her placement based on ACT or SAT score must take the math placement exam before enrolling in any mathematics course other than MA 110.

The PAWS registration system will enforce the placement and course prerequisites as indicated in the Course Placement table above.

Notes:

  • 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 have a signed letter from his/her advisor sent to the Math Placement Test Coordinator in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics (ILB 325).  The letter should state this need and the reason for the request. Each request will be reviewed by the Math Placement Test Coordinator and the Department Chair. If a retake is granted, the student will be allowed to register for the last placement exam date prior to the start of the next term.