Mathematics Placement Procedures at NC Community Colleges and UNC Constituent Institutions, 2017-2018
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North Carolina Community Colleges
NC Community Colleges SealStudents entering a community college in North Carolina typically take the North Carolina Diagnostic Assessment and Placement (NC DAP) Test prior to their first semester of college courses work. Placement scores to enter college-level math and English courses are standardized across all 58 community colleges and test results are transferable. Many students will benefit from brushing up on math skills prior to taking the NC DAP. The NC EMPT practice placement test helps students understand what skills must be improved so the appropriate degree-counting math course(s) can be taken successfully in college.

NC Community Colleges have implemented a new placement policy, Multiple Measures of Placement (MMP), for incoming students that establishes a hierarchy of measures that colleges will use to determine students’ readiness for college-level coursework. The first measure is an unweighted high school GPA of 2.6+, the second measure is ACT or SAT scores, and the third is placement testing. The policy stipulates that students who graduated from high school more than five years ago or who do not meet the GPA or ACT/SAT threshold must take a placement test if they are matriculating into programs that have developmental pre-requisites. There are additional stipulations for this policy. Also, students meeting MMP can place into upper-level MAT courses using an additional placement test or standardized test scores. Students should check with their local community college for more details.

Appalachian State University
Appalachian State University SealEntering students' SAT math score will be used for placement into college-level mathematics at ASU. A student wishing to place into a calculus course takes the online 'Calculus Readiness Test' before coming to orientation. A student not placing into college-level mathematics must successfully complete MAT 0010, a 4-day-a-week course that does not count towards graduation. Not placing into college-level mathematics delays a student since MAT 0010 must be successfully completed before a student can take any course with an ND designator. For example, a student must place into college-level mathematics or successfully complete MAT 0010 to take introductory courses in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, General Science, Geology, Mathematics, Physics/Astronomy, and other departments. Transfer students without SAT scores will be required to take an online placement test. Keeping your math skills current is critical.

For more information about the ASU Department of Mathematical Sciences, visit: https://mathsci.appstate.edu/

For ASU math course descriptions, visit: http://bulletin/appstate.edu/preview_entity.php?catoid=4&ent_oid=196&returnto=186.

East Carolina University
East Carolina University SealMany entering freshmen at East Carolina University take a mathematics placement exam prior to their first college courses. Since fall 2013, ECU has been using ACCUPLACER, a computer adaptive test, to place students into mathematics courses. A drop-down calculator window is provided by ACCUPLACER during the test. A score of 89 or less on this test requires the student to enroll in a remedial math course. A score of 90 or more allows a student to enroll in MATH 1065 (College Algebra), 1066 (Applied Mathematics for Decision Making), or 2127 (Basic Concepts of Mathematics I), all of which count toward the general education mathematics requirement. Placement into freshman mathematics courses can also be based on SAT mathematics scores. For example, no placement test is required if a student’s SAT I math score is 540 or above (before March 2017) or the SAT I math score is 570 or above (after March 2017), OR if the SAT Subject Test – Mathematics Level 2 score is 400 or above, OR if the ACT math score is 20 or above. It is very important that students take a mathematics course during their senior year of high school so that skills are retained.

For more information about the ECU Mathematics Department, visit: http://www.ecu.edu/math/

For ECU math course descriptions, visit: http://catalog.ecu.edu/content.php?catoid=10&navoid=710. Click on "Go to information for Department of Mathematics."

For ECU math placement test review questions, visit: http://www.ecu.edu/math/ (In left column, click on "Prepare for the Math Placement Test" and then "Review Test.")
Elizabeth City State University
Elizabeth City State University SealUndergraduate and transfer students admitted to Elizabeth City State University who wish to will be placed according to their SAT/ACT as described below:

Students with a SAT Math score of 470 or below OR an ACT Math score of 17 or below will be placed into one of three math courses: MATH 114 (Mathematics for Liberal Arts), MATH 115 (College Algebra), or MATH 121 (Number Systems and Algebra). Students with a SAT Math score from 480 to 520 OR an ACT Math score from 18 to 20 will be placed into MATH 118 (Pre-Calculus). Students with a SAT Math score of 530 or higher OR an ACT score of 21 or higher OR who score a 3 or higher on the AP Calculus AB exam will be placed into MATH 165 (Calculus of Single Variable).

For more information about the ECSU Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, visit: http://www.ecsu.edu/mcs

For ECSU math courses descriptions, visit: http://www.ecsu.edu/academics/catalogs/. Open the undergraduate catalog and see pp. 219-220.
Fayetteville State University
Fayetteville State University SealPrior to enrollment in a math class, first-time freshmen and certain transfer students at Fayetteville State University (FSU) take a computer adaptive mathematics profile exam during their orientation session. University College makes every effort to place students in courses that correspond to their level of academic preparation. Advisors use high school Grade Point Average (HS GPA), SAT scores, and scores on the Profile placement examination (administered during First Steps) as criteria. Here are the placement criteria and course placements used:

A SAT-Math score of 600+ AND a College-Level Math Profile Score of 100+ would result in placement in MATH 142 - Calculus and Analytical Geometry I. This is a course primarily for math, computer science, and science majors. A SAT-Math score of 600+, OR a College-Level Math Profile Score of 80+ AND a HS GPA 3.2+ would result in placement in MATH 131 - Algebra and Trigonometry. This is a course primarily for math, computer science, and science majors. A SAT-Math score of 500-599 OR an Algebra Profile Score of 71+ OR a HS GPA 3.2+ would result in placement in MATH 129 - Precalculus Mathematics I. This is a course for math, computer science, biology, and chemistry majors. MATH 129 and MATH 130 together are equivalent to MATH 131. A SAT-Math score of 500-599 OR an Algebra Profile Score of 71+ OR a HS GPA 3.2+ would result in placement in MATH 123 - College Algebra, or MATH 126 - Quantitative Reasoning. Math, computer science, biology, and chemistry majors will not be placed in this course. A SAT-Math score less than 500 AND an Algebra Profile Score less than 71 AND a HS GPA less than 3.2 would result in placement in MATH 121 - Introduction to College Algebra.

For more information about the FSU Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, visit: http://www.uncfsu.edu/macsc/

For FSU math course descriptions, visit: http://acalog.uncfsu.edu/content.php?catoid=3&naroid=51
Under Catalog Search, type 'MATH' and then click on individual math course titles.
NC A&T State University
North Carolina A&T State University SealBeginning the fall semester of 2017, all incoming freshmen or transfer students have been initially placed into an appropriate Math course based on their highest SAT or ACT Math, or SAT Subject Test – Math Level II scores. A student with an SAT Math score of less than 480, or SAT Subject Math Level II score of less than 430, or ACT Math Score of less than 18 will be placed in a hybrid course of MATH 099-Intermediate Mathematics and MATH 101-Fundamental Algebra and Trigonometry I offered by the Center for Academic Excellence. An SAT Math score between 480 and 510, or SAT Subject Math Level II score between 430 and 460, or ACT Math score between 18 and 20 allows the student to enroll in MATH 101-Fundamental Algebra and Trigonometry I (for non-STEM majors) or MATH 103-College Algebra and Trigonometry for Scientists and Engineers (for STEM majors) offered by the Mathematics Department. An SAT Math score between 520 and 570, or SAT Subject Math Level II score between 470 and 530, or ACT Math score between 21 and 23 requires that the student enroll in MATH 110-Precalculus for Engineering Sciences, or MATH 111-College Algebra and Trigonometry, both of which are offered by the Mathematics Department. An SAT Math score of 570 or higher, or SAT Subject Math Level II score of 540 or higher, or ACT Math score of 24 or higher allows the student to enroll in MATH 131-Calculus I also offered by the Mathematics Department.

If a student is not satisfied with his/her initial math course placement, s/he can take the Mathematics Department developed Algebra (for placement of MATH 099, 101, 103, and 111) or Precalculus (for placement of MATH 110 and 131) placement tests. The Algebra placement test contains 35 multiple choice questions, while the Precalculus placement test contains 30 multiple choice questions. The test time for both tests is limited to 50 minutes, and no calculator is allowed in either test. A score of less than 15 in the Math Dept Algebra placement test requires that the student enroll in MATH 099. A score between 15 and 19 in the Math Dept Algebra placement test allows the student to enroll in MATH 101 if the student is a non-STEM major or MATH 103 if the student is a STEM major. A score of 20 or higher in the Math Dept Algebra placement test will place the student in MATH 111. A score between 13 and 16 in the Math Dept Precalculus placement test requires that the student enroll in MATH 110. A score of 17 or higher allows the student to enroll in MATH 131.

For more information about the NC A&T Department of Mathematics, visit: http://www.ncat.edu/cost/departments/math/index.html

For NC A&T math course descriptions, visit: http://www.ncat.edu/cost/departments/math/index.html
NC Central University
North Carolina Central University SealUndergraduates admitted to North Carolina Central University take non-calculator based mathematics placement tests before registering for classes (unless they are transferring in appropriate credits). Students with a 480 or higher on the SAT-Math section or a 20 or higher on the ACT are exempt from placement testing. Students with less than 480 on the SAT-Math section or less than 20 on the ACT take an ACCUPLACER assessment (untimed) on elementary algebra and on intermediate algebra. Placement is then made to Introductory College Algebra or to College Algebra. Placement testing is available at the beginning of each semester, during the Early Orientation Programs, and by appointment.

To prepare for the mathematics placement tests, you should review materials and work problems relating to the following topics: arithmetic calculations and algebraic operations; algebraic expressions involving polynomials; exponents and logarithms; graphs of functions; linear and quadratic equations; systems of equations; and computation of areas, perimeters, surface areas and volume. It is desirable that students take a mathematics course in their senior year in high school. Requirements for a college major may be delayed if mathematics skills are below the expected level.

For more information about the NCCU Department of Mathematics and Physics, visit: http://www.nccu.edu/academics/sc/artsandsciences/mathematicsandphysics/index.cfm

For NCCU math course descriptions, visit: http://ecatalog.nccu.edu/content.php?catoid=8&navoid=1049. Under Prefix, choose 'MATH' and click on 'Filter.'
NC State University
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Entering freshmen at NC State University are able to enroll in MA 103, 105, 107, 111, and 114. Students wishing to take calculus must either receive the qualifying score on the SAT 2-Mathematics Subject Test which can be taken before their summer orientation prior to their first fall semester or on NCSU's free online math placement test.

To place into MA 121 (a 1-semester calculus course), a score of 480 is required, for MA 131 (a 2-semester calculus sequence) students must score 520 or above, and for MA 141 (a 3-semester sequence required for many science and engineering majors) students must receive a 550 or better. Alternatively, credit from one of North Carolina's community colleges for MAT 171 will allow students to take either MA 121 or MA 131. MAT 171 and MAT 172 together will place a student into MA 141. A new placement test for NSCU is also under development.

For more information about the NCSU Department of Mathematics, visit: http://www.math.ncsu.edu

For NCSU prerequisites and math course descriptions, visit: http://catalog.ncsu.edu/undergraduate/coursedescriptions/ma/
*MA 101 can only be taken at NCSU during the first and second summer sessions.

MAT 121 or DMA 10-80 are alternative courses offered at NC Community Colleges.
UNC Asheville
UNC Asheville SealEach incoming UNC-Asheville student will be advised about which math class is best to enroll in. This will be based on previous math classes taken. The prerequisite for calculus is successful completion of precalculus algebra including trigonometry.

Calculus course sections will administer pretests at the start of each semester. If unsuccessful on the test, students will be advised to take precalculus. Students will be allowed entry into a precalculus course if space is available. In addition, the placement test is available as part of our 'Online Advising and Registration' course in Moodle.

For more information about the UNCA Department of Mathematics, visit: http://math.unca.edu/

For UNCA math course descriptions, visit: http://catalog.unca.edu/content.php?catoid=12&navoid=690.. Under Prefix, choose 'MATH.' Then click on 'Filter.'
UNC Chapel Hill
UNC Chapel Hill SealTest results from the SAT Math subject test or the ACT math test can be used to place out of Algebra and precalculus classes at UNC-CH. The AP Calculus tests (AB and BC) can also be used to place out of these classes as well as out of the first two calculus classes. Even if you have not taken the AP calculus test, but score high enough of the SAT/ACT tests, you can take placement tests at UNC to place out of the first two calculus classes.

In many cases you will get class credit, but in some cases only placement credit so you can enroll in classes that require the class as a prerequisite. Details are on the web site, but a summary is as follows: Math 110 (College Algebra) is the starting level class, and is the requirement for a number of other classes in the math department as well as other departments. If you get 520 or higher on the SAT math level 1 or 2, or if you get 27 or higher on the ACT math test, or if you get a two or higher on either of the AP Calculus tests you get placement credit for 110. Math 130 (Precalculus) is a prerequisite for Calculus I (Math 231). If you have 600 or higher on the SAT math level 2 test or 29 or higher on the ACT test, or two or higher on either AP Calculus test you get placement credit for Math 130. The calculus sequence is called 231, 232 and 233. If you get three or higher on the AP Calculus AB test you will get course credit for Math 231. If you get three or higher on the AP Calculus BC test you will get course credit for both 231 and 232. If you have already gotten placement credit for 130 based on the previous rules (SAT at least 600 or ACT at least 29 or AP Calculus at least 2) but either didn’t take the AP test or didn’t get a good enough score, the math department administers two placement exams on the last business day before the start of the fall semester. The first is for a placement credit for 231, and if you pass that one you can take the second one for placement credit for 232.

For more information about the UNC-CH Mathematics Department, visit: http://www.math.unc.edu/

For UNC-CH math course descriptions, visit: http://www.catalog.unc.edu/courses/math

UNC Charlotte
UNC Charlotte SealMost entering students at UNC Charlotte are required to have results from the SAT-Math section test or the ACT equivalent test prior to placement in their first math course. Students with AP or transfer math credit will be placed in their first math course based on the class level credit received.
If students do not have AP or transfer math credit, the SAT-Math score or ACT equivalent score will be used to place students in their first math course. SAT Math scores less than 480 (ACT less than 18) place students in Math 0900 (Developmental Math). SAT Math scores ranging from 480-540 (ACT 18-22) will allow students to enroll in Math 1100, Math 1102, or Math 1105 (College Algebra, Survey of Math, or Finite Math). SAT Math scores ranging from 550-600 (ACT 23-25) will allow students to enroll in Math 1100, Math 1102, Math 1103 (Pre-Calculus), or Math 1105. SAT Math scores ranging from 610-800 (ACT 23-36) will allow students to enroll in the above courses, in Math 1120, 1241 (Business Calculus, Calculus 1), or Stat 1220, Stat 1221, Stat 1222 (Business Stat, Bio-Stat, Social Science Stat).

Transfer students, adult students, or international students who do not have a SAT-Math score, or ACT score, or math transfer credit, will be asked to take the hard copy math placement test to determine their first math course. The math placement test is a 25-question, 30-minute test. Calculators are not allowed. Scores less than 11 will place students in Math 0900; scores ranging from 11-13 allow students to enroll in Math 1100, Math 1102, or Math 1105; scores ranging from 14-17 will allow students to enroll in Math 1100, Math 1102, Math 1103, or Math 1105; scores ranging from 18-25 will allow students to enroll in the above courses, or in Math 1120, Math 1241, Stat 1220, Stat 1221, or Stat 1222.

For more information about the UNCC Department of Mathematics and Statistics, visit: http://www.math.uncc.edu

For UNCC math course descriptions, visit: https://catalog.uncc.edu/index.php. Choose the Undergraduate Catalog for 2017-18. Under Catalog Search, type 'course descriptions.' Then type 'MATH.'
UNC Greensboro
UNC Greensboro SealThe Math Placement Tests will determine your eligibility to enroll in MAT 120 (Calculus with Business Applications), 190 (single semester Precalculus), or 191 (Calculus I). Certain entry level courses have no prerequisites; students who wish to enroll in MAT 112 (Contemporary Topics in Mathematics), 115 (College Algebra), 150 (Precalculus I), or STA 108 (Elementary Introduction to Probability and Statistics) may do so without a placement test. Students with a sufficiently strong mathematics background who wish to enroll in MAT 120, 190, or 191 must take the placement test(s) or score 2 or higher on the AP Calculus Exam. The mathematics placement test is administered online on Canvas. Additional information can be found at http://www.uncg.edu/mat/undergraduate/mathplacetest.html.

For more information about the UNCG Mathematics and Statistics Department, visit: http://www.uncg.edu/mat/

For UNCG math course descriptions, visit: http://www.uncg.edu/mat/undergraduate/courses/

UNC Pembroke
UNC Pembroke SealFreshmen entering the University of North Carolina at Pembroke are placed into their first mathematics course based on high school and/or transfer credit, grades, and major. Students wishing to challenge that placement have the option of taking a departmental-developed mathematics placement test during their orientation session prior to their fall semester of classes. The 2017-2018 mathematics placement test at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke is a revised, calculator optional, 42-question test of two batteries. Scores offer recommendations for enrollment rather than requirements, but statistical data supports our recommendations for placement.

A score range of 8 to 11 on battery one will place students into Math 105 – Math 107 (low), which means the student has the option of taking either Math 105 (Introduction to College Mathematics) or Math 107 (College Algebra). We recommend Math 105. A score range of 12 to 15 on battery one will place students into Math 105 – Math 107 (high), which means the student has the option of taking either Math 105 or Math 107. We recommend Math 107. A score range of 0 to 3 on battery two will place students into Math 108 (Plane Trigonometry). A score range of 4 to 7 on battery two will place students into Math 109 (College Algebra and Trig). A score of over 8 on battery two will place students into Math 221 (Calculus I). Math 105, 107, 108, 109 and Math 221 satisfy general education mathematics requirements.

A student cannot receive credit for any mathematics course based on his placement score. Advanced Placement Testing is available through the University of North Carolina or North Carolina Testing Services.

For more information about the UNCP Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, visit: http://www.uncp.edu/mathcs/

For UNCP math course descriptions, visit: http://catalog.uncp.edu/content.php?catoid=5&navoid=261. Click on prefix "MAT" and then on "Filter."
UNC Wilmington
UNC Wilmington SealAll entering freshmen without a placement test exemption at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington take a mathematics placement test during Orientation. The test results, along with the student’s intended major, will be used to determine the most appropriate Precalculus, Calculus, or General Education mathematics course for the student. The student’s advisor will help in this selection.

Students who have received a score of 22 or better on the ACT Math Test or who have received a score of 2 or better on the Advanced Placement AB or BC Calculus Test are exempted from the placement test. These scores may be used to place students into the appropriate UNCW mathematics course.

The UNCW mathematics placement test covers Algebra I, Algebra II, Advanced Math and some Trigonometry. Students take the test on a computer (no computer skills are necessary!); it is multiple-choice and untimed; a non-graphing calculator is available on each computer. For more detailed placement information, see the web site: http://www.uncw.edu/math/placement.html.

Most mathematics courses require minimum placement results before a freshman, without appropriate advanced placement or college transfer credit, can enroll in the course. Progress toward satisfying requirements for a major can be delayed if a student’s mathematics skills are not brought up to the college level in a timely manner. It is important that students take a mathematics course during their senior year in high school so that skills do not become rusty!

For more information about the UNCW Department of Mathematics and Statistics, visit: http://www.uncw.edu/math

For UNCW math course descriptions, visit: http://catalogue.uncw.edu/content.php?catoid=41&navoid=5501. Under Course Prefixes, choose the prefix 'MAT' from the drop down menu and then click on 'Filter.'
Western Carolina University
Western Carolina University SealNew first-year and transfer students admitted to Western Carolina University who wish to take Math 146 Precalculus or Math 153 Calculus I are placed according to a criterion that considers ACT MATH or SAT MATH score and unweighted high school GPA. There are no placement criteria for students taking Math 101 – Mathematical Concepts, Math 130 – College Algebra, or Math 170 – Applied Statistics.

For more information about the WCU Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, visit: http://www.wcu.edu/learn/departments-schools-colleges/cas/science-and-math/mathcsdept/mathematics/

For WCU math course descriptions, visit: http://catalog.wcu.edu (Select 'Undergraduate Catalog.' In the menu at the right, select 'Course Information.' Click on the prefix 'MATH' from the drop down menu, and then click 'Filter.'
Winston-Salem State University
Winston-Salem State University SealThe majority of entering freshmen at Winston-Salem State University take a mathematics placement exam during their orientation session prior to their first semester of college courses. The placement test given for mathematics is the ACCUPLACER Computerized Placement Test. The students are given the Elementary Algebra and the College-Level Mathematics parts of this placement test, both of which are calculator based.

Assessment results and course placement are as follows:
If the Accuplacer Elementary Algebra score is 33 or below, the student must enroll in MAT 1306 (Basic Algebra). If the Accuplacer Elementary Algebra score is from 34-41, the student should contact an Academic Success Counselor (ASC) to take an additional placement test. Once the second test is completed, if the score is 79% or lower, the student must enroll in MAT 1306. If the score is 80% or higher, the student may enroll in a *Level I math course. If the Accuplacer Elementary Algebra score is 42 and the Accuplacer College Level Math score is 85 or below, the student may enroll in any *Level I math course. If the SAT Math score is greater than 510 or the ACT Math score is greater than 21 or the Accuplacer College Level Math score is greater than 85, the student may enroll in any *Level I or *Level II math course.

*Check prerequisites before enrolling in these courses and consult an Academic Success Counselor for advising and enrollment instructions.

For more information about the WSSU Mathematics Department, visit: https://www.wssu.edu/academics/colleges-and-departments/college-of-arts-and-sciences-business-education/natural-and-physical-sciences/department-of-mathematics.html

For WSSU math course descriptions, visit http://catalog.wssu.edu/content.php?catoid=22&navoid=1566 . Click on the prefix 'MAT' and then on 'Filter.'