Math Placement at Missouri State University

An appropriate placement is required prior to taking any of the entry level mathematics courses beyond MTH 101 as noted in the course prerequisite. Students can use their ACT or SAT math sub score or the results from the Department of Mathematics Placement Test to determine their appropriate math placement level. In the event that the placement determined by the ACT or SAT sub score and the departmental test are different, the student may choose either one after consulting with an advisor.

If you do not have transfer credit for MTH 103 or higher, then your placement in mathematics at Missouri State will be based on your math score from the ACT or SAT. If you do not have either transfer credit or ACT or SAT math scores, then you must either take the math placement exam or begin your math sequence at Missouri State with MTH 101 (Intermediate Algebra I). If you have MTH elective credit in transfer (MTH 000) that needs to be re-evaluated to help determine your placement more appropriately, please e-mail the Department of Mathematics. Also, if you have successfully completed an introductory (non-transferable) algebra course at a college, you may receive permission to begin with MTH 103 (Intermediate Algebra).
You may also choose to take the placement exam if you are not satisfied with your placement based on your ACT or SAT math sub score. It is recommended to complete the placement exam prior to registration if possible. You may do so by participating in the scheduled testing sessions during SOAR or call the Mathematics Department at 417-836-5112 to schedule an appointment.

Having your ACT or SAT scores sent

If you will need your ACT or SAT scores for placement purposes, be sure to request that they be sent to us if you have not already done so. Consult www.act.org (ACT) or http://www.collegeboard.org (SAT) for more information. If your scores are on your high school transcript, you may also have your official transcript sent to us.

Arranging to take the math placement test

If you need (or choose) to take the math placement test, you may do so by participating in the scheduled testing sessions during SOAR or call the Mathematics Department, Cheek 10M, 417-836-5112 to schedule an appointment. Adult and evening students may also contact the Office of Adult Student Services, 417-836-6929 or (800) 492-7900.
 
You should arrange to have your ACT or SAT scores sent or take the math placement test before you register for your first semester at Missouri State University. 

About the mathematics placement test

The one-hour placement test administered by the Mathematics Department will consist of fifty questions in three components: basic algebra, advanced algebra, and trigonometry. Students will have an option to attempt only the basic algebra portion during the first thirty minutes and turn in the test if they so desire. They are, however, strongly encouraged to attempt the whole test. There is no charge for the mathematics placement test, and there is no need to sign up in advance. However, the placement test can only be taken once. Please contact the Mathematics Department for further information. Students can view their ACT, SAT, and/or placement test scores online through My Missouri State system.

Placement Using ACT Math Sub score  
Score
Placement    
ACT Math ≥ 28 MTH 340, 287, 261, 215, 181, 138, 135, 130, 103, 102, 101
ACT Math ≥ 27 MTH 340, 287, 215, 181, 138, 135, 130, 103, 102, 101     
ACT Math ≥ 26 MTH 287, 181, 138, 135, 130, 103, 102, 101
ACT Math ≥ 25 MTH 138, 135, 130, 103,102, 101
ACT Math ≥ 23 MTH 135, 130, 103, 102, 101
ACT Math ≥ 22
MTH 130, 103, 102, 101
ACT Math ≥ 20 MTH 103, 102, 101
ACT Math ≤ 19 MTH 101

                

Placement Using SAT Math Sub score
Score 
Placement
SAT Math ≥ 640 MTH 340, 287, 261, 215, 181, 138, 135, 130, 103, 102, 101
SAT Math ≥ 620 MTH 340, 287, 215, 181, 138, 135, 130, 103, 102, 101
SAT Math ≥ 600 MTH 287, 181, 138, 135, 130, 103, 102, 101
SAT Math ≥ 580  MTH 138, 135, 130, 103, 102, 101
SAT Math ≥ 540 
MTH 135, 130, 103, 102, 101
SAT Math ≥ 520 MTH 130, 103, 102, 101
SAT Math ≥ 480
MTH 103, 102, 101
SAT Math ≤ 460
MTH 101

 

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