**Optional Math Testing**

The Optional Math Test is for students who:

- SAT-M
*(prior to March 2016)*: 530 - 580 - SAT-M
*(AFTER March 2016)*: 560 - 600 - ACT - Math Section 22-26
- Placement Testing (ACCUPLACER) Results: Level 4 or Level 5

The Mathematics Department has designed a self-paced, online placement test that can be taken, reviewed, and retaken, **AT HOME**, up to three times in order to refine your entry into MAT175: Precalculus, MAT181: Applied Calculus, or MAT211: Calculus I, according to your mathematical abilities. The Optional Math Test is good for providing review for students who have already taken lower level coursework and who may just need a refresher.

If you choose to **major in Business or Economics**, you are encouraged to take the Optional Math Testing. This may allow you to begin in a higher-level math course and avoid taking a prerequisite course. For example, business majors are required to take MAT 181: Applied Calculus; students with placement level 4 must take MAT140B: College Algebra as a prerequisite course, but students with placement level 5 or 6 can go directly to MAT181.

If you choose to **major in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering (all types), Mathematics,** **or Physics**, you are strongly encouraged to take the Optional Math Testing. This may allow you to begin in a higher-level math course and avoid taking one or two prerequisite courses. For example, all of these majors are required to take MAT211: Calculus I; students with placement level 4 must take MAT140B: College Algebra and MAT175: Pre-Calculus as prerequisite courses, but students with placement level 5 can bypass MAT140B: College Algebra, and students with placement level 6 can go directly to MAT211.

If you choose to major in **Mid-Level Education, **you are encouraged to take the Optional Math Testing. This may allow you to begin in a higher-level math course and avoid taking a prerequisite course. For example, all Mid-Level Education majors require, at least, MAT175: Precalculus; students with placement level 4 must take MAT140B:College Algebra as a prerequisite course, but students with placement level 5 or 6 can go directly to MAT175.

If you choose to **major in a liberal arts** or another non-technical field, you can satisfy the university’s mathematics competency requirement by achieving Math Placement LEVEL 5 or LEVEL 6. If the math requirement is waived, you are not awarded the credit hours but will take an additional 3 credits free electives. You must also take an appropriate course to satisfy Category A. Please check the major/minor requirement as some majors require specific math courses. [Examples: A History major with a Math Placement Level 5 or 6 would not have to take a math course, but a Sociology major would be required to take MAT117: Applied Statistics].

### If you have questions about this option, or wish to be enrolled in the Optional Math Test, please email the Placement Testing Office (**testing@ship.edu**) using your SU email account and "Optional Math Testing" in the subject line.