## 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.

**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.