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Math Skills Assessment and Placement

Math Placement Overview

We use several methods to pace students depending on the information we have.

AP Calculus Test

  • A score of 4 or 5 on the Calculus AB test gives credit for MATH 142 - Calculus I, and places the student in MATH 143 - Calculus II
  • A score of 4 or 5 on the Calculus BC test gives credit for MATH 142 - Calculus I and MATH 143 Calculus II and places the student in MATH 244 - Calculus III or any other class that has MATH 142 or MATH 143 are a prerequisite.

The Math-Index

If a student has an ACT or SAT score on record, as well as a high school GPA we compute the Math-Index. The math-index is our most commonly used placement tool. The recommended placements do depend on the student curriculum. Math intensive programs (requiring a sequence of math courses) recommend course placement aimed at earning higher grades right form the start so that the students can progress through a sequence of courses more easily.

Online Skills Assessment Tests

We offer online tests for students who do not have a Math-Index, or those who would like to forward place.

  • International and transfer students do not always have an ACT or SAT score and hence do not have a Math-Index. Those students can take one or more of our skills assessment tests to determine optimal placement.
  • Some freshmen come in with a lower Math-Index and math placement recommendation than they feel is appropriate. Those students can take the skills assessment test to determine if they have mastered the prerequisites and can proceed to the next course.

 

Math-Index

To assess the math skills of our incoming students we use the Math-Index. This score is computer from your high school GPA and ACT math score (or SAT math score). We base our placement advice on five years of data.

We differentiate between students who only need one course and those who need a sequence. Many students just need to take one math course to satisfy the core requirement for mathematics, and their placement criteria are a little more flexible. We refer to those students as being in non-math intensive programs.

There are also students who are in math intensive programs. Examples are students in the sciences who will need to take several mathematics courses over the years. Students in the math intensive programs are advised to start conservatively with their placement. If one needs to take multiple (sequential) math courses, it is a good idea to make sure one gets As and Bs in those early classes. The reason is that our statistics show that a student with a C only has a 50% chance of passing the next course.

Math Index Course Placement
Non-Math intensive programs
 > 600 Math 092 Basic Mathematics
> 700 Math 094 Intro to Elementary Algebra I
Math 095 Elementary Algebra II
Math 096 Intermediate Algebra
> 750 Math 122 Finite Mathematics
Math 124 Math and the Art of Escher
Math 125 Math in the Real World
Math 126 Statistics in Sports and Politics
> 800 Math 120 College Algebra
> 850 Math 135 Discrete Math
> 900 Math 130 Statistics
Math 132 Survey of Calculus
Math 141 Pre-Calculus
Math Index Course Placement
Math intensive programs
> 860 Math 120 College Algebra
> 900 Math 130 Statistics
Math 132 Survey of Calculus
> 950
Math 141 Pre-Calculus
> 1020 Math 142 Calculus I
> 1050 Math 143 Calculus II

Online Math Skills Assessment

 

We have three skills assessment tests. A passing score on the online test is 70%. Students do not receive course credit upon passing the test. These tests are purely for placement purposes.

Intermediate Algebra Skills Assessment Test

This test is devised to check if students master the material from MATH 96 - Intermediate Algebra. A passing score of 70% or more results in the recommendation that students take a course that would have MATH 96 as a prerequisite. Those courses include:

  • STAT 110 - Introduction to Statistics
  • MATH 120 - College Algebra
  • MATH 122 - Finite Mathematics

College Algebra Skills Assessment Test

This test is devised to check if students master the material from MATH 120 - College Algebra. A passing score of 70% or more results in the recommendation that students take a course that would have MATH 120 as a prerequisite. Those courses include:

  • MATH 130 - Statistics with Computers
  • MATH 132 - Survey of Calculus
  • MATH 141 - Precalculus

Precalculus Skills Assessment Test

This test is devised to check if students master the material from MATH 141 - Precalculus. A passing score of 70% or more results in the recommendation that students take a course that would have MATH 141 as a prerequisite. Those courses include:

  • MATH 142 - Calculus I.
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