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 1510  Calculus I, and places the student in MATH 1520  Calculus II
 A score of 4 or 5 on the Calculus BC test gives credit for MATH 1520  Calculus I and MATH 1520 Calculus II and places the student in MATH 2530  Calculus III or any other class that has MATH 1510 or MATH 1520 are a prerequisite.
The MathIndex
If a student has an ACT or SAT score on record, as well as a high school GPA we compute the MathIndex. The mathindex 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 MathIndex, 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 MathIndex. Those students can take one or more of our skills assessment tests to determine optimal placement.
 Some freshmen come in with a lower MathIndex 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.
MathIndex
To assess the math skills of our incoming students we use the MathIndex. This score is computed 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 nonmath 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 NonMath intensive programs 
> 600 
Math 0220 Basic Mathematics 
> 700 
Math 0230 Intro to Elementary Algebra I Math 0250 Elementary Algebra II Math 0260 Intermediate Algebra 
> 750 
Math 1220 Finite Mathematics Math 1240 Math and the Art of Escher Math 1250 Math in the Real World Math 1260 Statistics in Sports and Politics 
> 800 
Math 1200 College Algebra 
> 850 
Math 1660 Discrete Math 
> 900 
Math 1300 Statistics Math 1320 Survey of Calculus Math 1400 PreCalculus 
Math Index 
Course Placement
Math intensive programs 
> 860 
Math 1200 College Algebra 
> 900 
Math 1300 Statistics
Math 1320 Survey of Calculus 
> 950

Math 1400 PreCalculus 
> 1020 
Math 1510 Calculus I 
> 1050 
Math 1520 Calculus II (assuming student has taken Calculus I in high school) 
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 0260  Intermediate Algebra. A passing score of 70% or more results in the recommendation that students take a course that would have MATH 0260 as a prerequisite. Those courses include:
 STAT 1100  Introduction to Statistics
 MATH 1200  College Algebra
 MATH 1220  Finite Mathematics
College Algebra Skills Assessment Test
This test is devised to check if students master the material from MATH 1200  College Algebra. A passing score of 70% or more results in the
recommendation that students take a course that would have MATH 1200 as a
prerequisite. Those courses include:
 MATH 1300  Statistics with Computers
 MATH 1320  Survey of Calculus
 MATH 1400  Precalculus
Precalculus Skills Assessment Test
This test is devised to check if students master the material from
MATH 1400  Precalculus. A passing score of 70% or more results in
the
recommendation that students take a course that would have MATH 1400 as a
prerequisite. Those courses include: