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NDSU Math Placement Procedures


In accordance with North Dakota University System Policy 402.1.2 and Procedure 402.1.2, ACT or SAT Mathematics sub-test scores, as well as COMPASS Mathematics scores and the NDSU Math Placement Test are used to determine placement of students into entry-level Mathematics courses. The following guidelines apply to Math placement practices:

Exam scores and corresponding course placement possibilities are listed in the table below:

ACT
Math Sub-test Score

Composite SAT
(Math + Critical Reading)

COMPASS
Mathematics Test Score

Course Placement

20 or lower

Lower than 990

Algebra < 49

MATH 102

21 or higher

990 or higher

Algebra ≥ 49
or

College Algebra ≤ 49
or

Trigonometry ≤ 39

MATH 103 or 104







College Algebra 30-49
and

Trigonometry 30-59

MATH 107

College Algebra ≥ 50

MATH 105 or 146/144*

College Algebra ≥ 60
and

Trigonometry ≥ 60

MATH 165

*MATH 144, "Mathematics for Business", is only available for College of Business majors.

Options for Students Who Placed into MATH 102:

Students who believe that their mathematical abilities exceed their placement into developmental MATH 102 may take the COMPASS test to demonstrate their ability. If a student does not have an ACT (or SAT) or prior college credit, they must either enroll in MATH 102 or take the COMPASS test for placement testing into a higher level mathematics course (students from countries other than the United States and Canada may also take the NDSU Math Placement Test). Students who begin in MATH 102 must successfully complete the course with a 'C' grade or higher before they may continue to MATH 103 or 104.

Information on taking the NDSU COMPASS Placement Test.

NDSU Math Placement Test Option:

Students with a Math ACT sub-test score of at least 21 (or SAT 990) or students from countries other than the United States and Canada may take the NDSU Math Placement Test to determine if they are eligible for higher level placement. Students should consult the curriculum guide for their intended major(s) to determine the level of math courses required for that program. The table below lists possible NDSU Math Placement Test scores and corresponding course placement.

NDSU Math Placement Test Score

Course Placement

Algebra ≤ 5

MATH 102

Algebra = 6-9

MATH 103 or 104

Algebra = 8-9 AND Pre-calculus ≥ 2

MATH 103 or 104 or 107

Algebra = 10-12

MATH 105 or 146/144*

Algebra > 13 AND Pre-calculus = 0-3

MATH 105 or 146/144*

Algebra > 13 AND Pre-calculus = 4-9

MATH 146/144* or 165 with co-requisite of MATH 105

Algebra > 13 AND Pre-calculus ≥ 10

MATH 146/144* or 165

*MATH 144, "Mathematics for Business", is only available for College of Business majors.

Information on taking the NDSU Math Placement Test.

Students with College Transfer Coursework or Credit by Examination Placement

Students with prior college coursework, Advanced Placement (AP) or other credit-by-examination (CLEP, IB, DSST) will follow NDSU’s Credit by Examination guidelines for placement into mathematics and English coursework


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Last Updated: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 11:54:47 AM