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
  • 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 (mcmurphy@ship.edu) using your SU email account and "Optional Math Testing" in the subject line.