Math Placement Testing at Shippensburg University
FirstYear Student
Testing Requirements
 Testing is required in math
if your math SAT is below 535.
Computerized
Placement Testing
Shippensburg University offers computerized placement testing in math via
ACCUPLACER, a test created by the College Board. We conduct computerized
testing on numerous occasions during the late winter and spring. No special
computer skills are necessary to take these tests. If you feel uncomfortable
with computerized testing, a computer tutorial is available via http://www.collegeboard.org/
Test Preparation
Students taking the math placement test are strongly encouraged to review
appropriate materials prior to testing.
Helpful Hint: Students who review tend to do well
on the placement tests. Even five hours of review can have a positive impact.
We offer a variety of resources to aid in review, so please take advantage!

Reasons to Consider Optional Math Placement Testing
Students with a math
SAT of 535 to 605 may elect to take the math test. Please see the optional placement testing page
for full details.
 If they wish to begin a sequence
of math courses at a higher level
 If they wish to "test
out" of the mathematics requirement for graduation
 The ability to "test
out" of math depends upon the requirements of your major
Transfer students
without a college level math course may be required to complete placement
testing in the respective area(s).
Understanding the Math Placement Test
Your test results
will determine your eligibility to enroll in collegelevel math courses. Test
scores can fall within 6 levels. Students who test in the developmental range
(level 1 or 2) may be required to take a developmental course before they can
take a college level math course. All Level 1 students are required to
take MAT 050: Developmental Math. Level 2 students in certain mathematics intensive
majors will also be required to complete MAT050. This class does not count
toward graduation. Students who test at Level 3 or higher may begin taking
college level mathematics courses as directed by their major departments.
The test consists of a variety of items ranging from solving problems in
context to algebra, geometry, and trigonometry. The majority of test items
include content normally encountered by students in the typical high school
collegepreparatory mathematics curriculum. We strongly recommend that you
review the following information to prepare yourself for the test (Practice
questions and algebra prep website are available via the FAQ page): Please do
not expect your knowledge of Algebra to simply return. Poor performance on this
test can put you significantly behind.
Elementary Algebra
includes:
 Operations
with integers and rational numbers including computation with integers and
negative rationals, use of absolute values, and ordering.
 Operations
with algebraic expressions which test your skills in the evaluation of simple
formulas and expressions and in adding and subtracting monomials and
polynomials. Both of these categories include questions about multiplying and
dividing monomials and polynomials, the evaluation of positive rational roots
and exponents, simplifying algebraic fractions, and factoring.
 Equation
solving, inequalities, and word problems include solving systems of linear
equations, the solution of quadratic equations by factoring, solving verbal
problems presented in algebraic context, geometric reasoning, the translation
of phrases into algebraic expressions, and graphing.
CollegeLevel
Mathematics includes:
 Simplifying
rational algebraic expressions, factoring and expanding polynomials, and
manipulating roots and exponents.
 Solutions
of equations and inequalities include solving quadratic and linear equations
and inequalities, equation systems, and other algebraic equations.
 Coordinate
geometry includes questions about plane geometry, the coordinate plane,
straight lines, conics, sets of points in the plane, and graphs of algebraic
functions.
 Applications
and other algebra topics include questions about complex numbers in a series
and sequences, determinants, permutations and combinations, fractions, and word
problems.
 Functions
& trigonometry concern polynomial, algebraic, exponential, logarithmic, and
trigonometric functions.
Understanding My Math Placement Test Results &
Options
To visually
understand the sequence of our math requirements, see the Mathematics General Education Advising Template.
Please see the Options
Sheets page if you need
another copy.