Math Placement Tests

You may need to take a placement test to assess your skills before you register for a math, statistics, chemistry or physics course.

Four pieces of information determine whether you need to take a placement test:

  • Your major
  • The math courses required for your major
  • The target math ACT subscore for each course
  • Your math ACT subscore

You need to take a math placement assessment only if your math ACT subscore is below the required level for the math course that you are interested in pursuing or if you do not have a math ACT subscore on record with the Registrar.

Click "View Math Requirements by Major" below to view the required math courses and math ACT scores.

Major Required Math Course If Your ACT Subscore is Below: Take:
Accounting Statistics* or MATH 1130    
Biology CHEM 1110 19 Chemistry
Biology Statistics*     
Biology MATH 1130 (recommended) 26 Trigonometry, Calculus
Business Administration Statistics*    
Business-to-Business Sales Statistics*    
Chemistry CHEM 1110 19 Chemistry
Chemistry MATH 1130 26 Trigonometry, Calculus
Critical Studies of Race and Ethnicity Statistics*    
Data Science Math 1130 26 Trigonometry, Calculus
Dietetics PSYC 1090    
Dietetics CHEM 1110 19 Chemistry
Economics ECON 1090    
Elementary Education MATH 1050 and 2500 19 Basic Skills
Financial Economics ECON 1090    
Healthcare Sales Statistics*    
International Business and Economics ECON 1090 and one course    
Marketing Statistics*    
Mathematics MATH 1130 (and more) 26 Trigonometry, Calculus
Nutrition Science PSYC 1090 or equivalent    
Nutrition Science CHEM 1110 19 Chemistry
Nursing Statistics*    
Nursing CHEM 1010 19 Chemistry
Pre-Dentistry Statistics*    
Pre-Dentistry CHEM 1110 19 Chemistry
Pre-Optometry Statistics*    
Pre-Optometry CHEM 1110 19 Chemistry
Pre-OT Statistics*    
Pre-Medicine MATH 1130 26 Trigonometry, Calculus
Pre-Medicine CHEM 1110 19 Chemistry
Pre-Engineering MATH 1130 26 Trigonometry, Calculus
Pre-Pharmacy MATH 1130 26 Trigonometry, Calculus
Pre-Pharmacy CHEM 1110 19 Chemistry
Pre-PT MATH 1130 26 Trigonometry, Calculus
Pre-PT CHEM 1110 19 Chemistry
Psychology PSYC 1090    
Public Policy ECON 1090    
Respiratory Care Statistics*    
Respiratory Care CHEM 1010 19 Chemistry
Sociology Statistics*    
Sonography Statistics*    
Sonography PHYS 1050 19 Basic Skills
Women and International Development Statistics*    

*A “Statistics” requirement is satisfied by ECON 1090, HLTH 1090, PSYC 1090, or STAT 1090.

If your major is not on this list, it does not have a specific required math course. Work with your advisor to determine which math course is right for you.

Basic Skills Placement (MBAS)

For students with an ACT score below 19 wanting to take Mathematical Structures for teachers (MATH 2500) or Conceptual Physics (PHYS 1050).

Assesses knowledge of equations and number properties.

  • Questions: 32 questions
  • Time limit: 40 minutes

Basic Skills Placement covers the following areas:

  • Fractions, decimals
  • Solving proportions
  • Perimeter, area, volume
  • Order of operations
  • Signed numbers
  • Simplifying algebraic expressions
  • Exponents
  • Solving first degree equations, inequalities

Algebra Placement (MALB)

For students with an ACT score below 19 wanting to take Precalculus (MATH 1090) or certain versions of Statistics (PSYC 1090 or ECON 1090).

Assesses knowledge of basic algebraic manipulation and equations.

  • Questions: 25 questions
  • Time limit: 40 minutes

Algebra Placement covers the following areas:

  • Fractions, decimals
  • Solving proportions
  • Perimeter, area, volume
  • Order of operations
  • Signed numbers
  • Simplifying algebraic expressions
  • Exponents
  • Solving first degree equations, inequalities
  • Graphing linear equations
  • Systems of linear equations
  • Polynomials
  • Rational expressions
  • Quadratic Equation
  • Radicals

Chemistry Placement (CHMP)

For students with an ACT score below 19 wanting to take General Chemistry for Health Sciences (CHEM 1010) or General Chemistry I (CHEM 1110).

Assesses knowledge of basic algebraic manipulation and equations.

  • Questions: 30 questions
  • Time limit: 40 minutes

Chemistry Placement covers the following areas:

  • Solving and graphing linear equations
  • Approximation/Estimation
  • Scientific notation
  • Order of operations
  • Unit conversions
  • Conversions between decimals/fractions/ratios/percentages
  • Polynomials
  • Solving quadratic equation
  • Radicals and roots

Calculus Readiness Placement (MCAL)

For students with an ACT score below 26 wanting to take Calculus I (MATH 1130) or Computer Programming I (CSCI 1110).

Assesses algebra skills, including logarithms and quadratic equations.

  • Questions: 25 questions
  • Time limit: 40 minutes

Calculus Readiness Placement covers the following areas:

  • Order of operations
  • Perimeters, areas, volume
  • Roots and radicals
  • Exponents, polynomials
  • Simplifying algebraic expressions
  • Solving/graphing systems of linear equations
  • Functions and graphs
  • Factoring
  • Quadratic equations
  • Logarithmic functions

Trigonometry Placement (MTRG)

For students wanting to take Physics 1080 or Calculus (MATH 1130) with a math ACT subscore below 26.

Assesses trigonometry skills, with an emphasis on right triangle trigonometry.

  • Questions: 12 questions
  • Time limit: 20 minutes

Trigonometry Placement covers the following areas:

  • Pythagorean Theorem
  • Trigonometry identities and algebraic manipulation
  • Unit circle
  • Trigonometric functions and graphs

There are four math placement assessments — Basic Skills, Algebra, Trigonometry, Calculus Readiness, and Chemistry. Make sure you prepare for the test that is designated for your major's course requirement.

You may borrow textbooks or work with math tutors before taking your placement test. You may also check out our workshops, classes and math refresher problems available on Math Foundations and Khan Academy.

Use Math Foundations if you are taking the basic skills or algebra placement. Use Khan Academy to prepare for the calculus readiness and trigonometry placement assessments.

Khan Academy

Practice Questions for the Basic Skills Placement

Practice Questions for the Algebra Placement

Practice Questions for the Chemistry Placement

When should I take the math placement assessment?
You may take the assessment only once per placement period. The placement periods are:

  • January 1–March 31
  • April 1–June 30
  • July 1–September 30
  • October 1–December 31

You may take the math placement assessment online up to 72 hours before your registration event. The assessment is timed so that you will need at least 45 minutes when you can work without interruption.

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Where do I get my placement assessment results?
When you complete the assessment, click the SUBMIT ASSESSMENT button. The assessment will immediately respond with a message regarding your results. Your score will be posted to Banner within 2 business days of completion of the exam; you may register for class after your score has been posted.

What if I don't pass the math placement assessment?
You may take the assessment only once per placement period. Before re-taking the assessment, you must develop a plan to improve your skills. Options to help you meet your academic goals include classes, workshops, and independent study. You will be directed to our innovative MATH 1010, a 2-credit math course devoted to meeting students "where they are at" so that can enroll in college-level math.

Math placement assessments are administered by the Math Department. If you encounter technical problems or have questions, feel free to contact Kristine Pelatt at kepelatt@stkate.edu or Christopher Ross at cjross@stkate.edu from the Math Department.