Math Placement for continuing students
Who needs to take the math placement test?
Certain courses have a math prerequisite. Students who want to sign up for these course must satisfy the prerequisite in one of the following ways:
- By having credit for an appropriate math course.
- By demonstrating via the math placement test that they are prepared for the course.
- In some cases, by concurrently enrolling in the prerequisite math course.
Which courses require a math placement?
- CHE 161 or PHY 161: Prerequisite is credit for MAT 101 or MAT 113 or MAT 121, or placement at the "Ready for Precalculus" level, or concurrent enrollment in MAT 101.
- MAT 113, MAT 243 and CS 231: Prerequisite is MAT 101, or placement at the "Ready for Precalculus" level, or concurrent enrollment in MAT 101.
- MAT 121: Prerequisite is MAT 113, or placement at the "Ready for Calculus" level.
- PHY 162: Prerequisite is MAT 121, or concurrent enrollment in MAT 121.
What is this MAT 101 course?
MAT 101 is a new 7-week, pass/fail, half-credit course designed to help students succeed in their chemistry and physics courses. We have found that a significant proportion of students in these courses are unable to succeed due to a lack of basic math skills. We want to be sure that all students in these courses really can succeed.
I'm interested in CHE 161 or PHY 161. What should I do?
- If you already have credit for MAT 113: Precalculus or MAT 121: Calculus I, or if you are currently enrolled in either of these classes, then you are all set. This is more than enough mathematical preparation for you to succeed in CHE/PHY 161. Otherwise, read on.
- If you know you have a weak preparation in high school math, you should simply sign up to take MAT 101 concurrently with CHE/PHY 161 in the fall.
- If you are unsure about your math preparation, you have two options:
- Plan A: For now, sign up to take MAT 101 concurrently with CHE/PHY 161 in the fall. Then, to see if you can place out of this requirement, go ahead and take the new online math placement exam any time before fall term. If you place at the "Ready for Precalculus" level or higher, you can drop MAT 101 from your fall schedule.
- Plan B: If you prefer to try placing out of MAT 101 before registration, you will need to take the new online math placement exam before completing your online registration.
Where can I find the placement test?
More information about the test can be found at this link: Math Placement Test
How do I know what my placement is?
After you take the test, you will receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org with your placement information. Please allow one business day for this to happen.
If you have any remaining questions, please contact the math faculty by emailing email@example.com.