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 19 Algebra Placement
Biology Statistics* required 19 Algebra Placement
Biology MATH 1130 recommended 26 Both Trigonometry AND Calculus Placements
Business-to-Business Sales Statistics* 19 Algebra Placement
Chemistry MATH 1130 and 1140 26 Both Trigonometry AND Calculus Placement
Critical Studies of Race and Ethnicity Statistics* 19 Algebra Placement
Dietetics PSYC 1090 19 Algebra Placement
Economics ECON 1090 19 Algebra Placement
Elementary Education MATH 1050 and MATH 2500 19 Basic Skills Placement
Financial Economics ECON 1090 19 Algebra Placement
Food and Nutrition in Business PSYC 1090 or equivalent 19 Algebra Placement
Food and Nutrition: Science PSYC 1090 or equivalent 19 Algebra Placement
Food and Nutrition: Science MATH 1130 26 Both Trigonometry AND Calculus Placement
Healthcare Sales Statistics* 19 Algebra Placement
International Business & Economics ECON 1090 and one course in Math or Computer Science 19 Algebra Placement
Marketing Management Statistics* 19 Algebra Placement
Marketing Management MATH 1130 26 Both Trigonometry AND Calculus Placement
Mathematics MATH 1130 and higher 26 Both Trigonometry AND Calculus Placement
Nursing Statistics* 19 Algebra Placement
Pre-Dentistry STAT 1090 19 Algebra Placement
Pre-Optometry STAT 1090 19 Algebra Placement
Pre-OT STAT 1090 19 STAT 1090
Pre-Medicine MATH 1130 19 Both Trigonometry AND Calculus Placement
Pre-Engineering MATH 1130 19 Both Trigonometry AND Calculus Placement
Pre-Pharmacy MATH 1130 26 Both Trigonometry AND Calculus Placement
Pre-PT MATH 1130 26 Both Trigonometry AND Calculus Placement
Psychology PSYC 1090 19 Algebra Placement
Respiratory Care MATH 1050 or Statistics* 19 Basic Skills Placement or Algebra Placement
Small Business/Entrepreneurship MATH 1130 26 Both Trigonometry AND Calculus Placement
Sociology Statistics* 19 Algebra Placement

*Statistics is satisfied by ECON 1090, or HLTH 1090, or 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


For students wanting to take Mathematical Ideas in Contemporary Society (MATH 1050), Mathematical Structures for teachers (MATH 2500) with an ACT score below 19.


Assesses knowledge of equations and number properties.

  • Questions: 32 questions
  • Time limit: 40 minutes
  • Passing score: 60%


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


For students wanting to take Statistics (STAT 1090, PSYC 1090, HLTH 1090,or ECON 1090), General Chemistry (CHEM 1110), or Chemistry for Health Sciences (CHEM 1010) with an ACT score below 19.


Assesses knowledge of basic algebraic manipulation and equations.

  • Questions: 25 questions
  • Time limit: 40 minutes
  • Passing score: 60%


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

 


Calculus Readiness Placement


For students wanting to take Calculus (MATH 1130) with an ACT score below 26 or Pre-Calculus (MATH 1090) or Computer Programming I (CSCI 1110) with an ACT score below 23.


Assesses algebra skills, including logarithms and quadratic equations.

  • Questions: 25 questions
  • Time limit: 40 minutes
  • Passing score: 60%


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


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
  • Passing score: 50%


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 and Calculus Readiness. Make sure you prepare for the test that is designated for your major's math 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.

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.