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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 lowerLower than 990Algebra < 49MATH 102 (MATH 98)**
21 or higher990 or higherAlgebra ≥ 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.
**Effective Fall 2015, MATH 102 will become MATH 98.

Options for Students Who Placed into MATH 102 (98)*:

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.

Do I need to take the NDSU Math Placement Test?

Do I need to take the NDSU Math 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 ScoreCourse Placement
Algebra ≤ 5MATH 102 (MATH 98)**
Algebra = 6-9MATH 103 or 104
Algebra = 8-9 AND Pre-calculus ≥ 2MATH 103 or 104 or 107
Algebra = 10-12MATH 105 or 146/144*
Algebra > 13 AND Pre-calculus = 0-3MATH 105 or 146/144*
Algebra > 13 AND Pre-calculus = 4-9MATH 146/144* or 165 with co-requisite of MATH 105
Algebra > 13 AND Pre-calculus ≥ 10MATH 146/144* or 165

*MATH 144, "Mathematics for Business", is only available for College of Business majors.
**Effective Fall 2015, MATH 102 will become MATH 98.

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


**Effective Fall 2015, MATH 102 will become MATH 98.


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Last Updated: Friday, May 08, 2015 2:37:39 PM