Mathematics Placement Procedures at NC Community Colleges and UNC Constituent Institutions, 2018-2019
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North Carolina Community Colleges
NC Community Colleges SealAs part of the admission process to the fifty-eight community colleges in North Carolina, a student’s readiness for college-level math course(s) will be reviewed. The NC community colleges focus on accurate placement using a student’s unweighted high school grade-point average, or GPA, as long as it is within the last ten years from a United States high school. The colleges do not require the ACT or SAT for admission, but these can be considered as part of a student’s placement process.

Currently, community college placement policies across the state vary slightly, so it’s best to check the website of your local community college, compare your high school GPA to their math placement requirements, and contact them if you have any questions. You’ll want to do this well in advance of the semester you plan to enroll at the college. Fall of your senior year is a great time to check. Also, it is very important to enroll in a math course during your senior year of high school to keep math skills sharp.

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 SealPlacement into freshman mathematics courses is based on SAT or ACT scores. If a student’s SAT I math score is 540 above (before March 2017), OR the SAT I math score is 570 or above (after March 2017), OR if the SAT Math Level 2 Subject Test score is 400 or above, OR if the ACT math score is 23 or above, this will allow a student to enroll in Math 1064 (Applied Mathematics for Business), 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. 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=688. Click on each individual math course for more information.

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:

Course Placement SAT ACT

MATH 114 (Mathematics for Liberal Arts)
MATH 115 (College Algebra)
MATH 121 (Number Systems and Algebra)
Math Score of 470 or Below Math Score of 17 or Below

MATH 118 (Pre-Calculus) Math Score of 480-520 Math Score of 18-20

MATH 165 (Calculus of Single Variable 1) Math Score of 530 or higher Math Score of 21 or higher
Score of 3 or higher on the AP Calcullus AB Exam


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. 272-275 of the document.
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.

FSU Math Placement Criteria and Course Placement

Placement Criteria Course Placement

SAT-Math (SATM) Score >= 600 and
College-Level Math Score >= 100 and
HS GPA >= 3.2
MATH 142 – Calculus and Analytical Geometry I-
Primarily for math, computer science and science majors

SATM Score >= 600 or
College-Level Math Score >= 80 and
HS GPA >= 3.2
MATH 131 – Algebra and Trigonometry
Primarily for math, computer science and science majors

SATM Score = 500-599 or
Algebra Profile Score >= 71 or
HS GPA >= 3.2
MATH 129 – Precalculus Mathematics I
For math, computer science, biology, and chemistry majors.
MATH 129 and MATH 130 together are equivalent to MATH 131

SATM Score = 500-599 or
Algebra Profile Score >= 71 or
HS GPA >= 3.2
MATH 123 – College Algebra, or MATH 126 - Quantitative Reasoning
Math, computer science, biology, and chemistry majors will not be placed in this course.

SATM Score <500 and
Algebra Profile Score <71 and
HS GPA <3.2
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=5&navoid=103#
Under Prefix choose "MATH," then click "Filter."
NC A&T State University
North Carolina A&T State University SealBeginning the fall semester of 2018, 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 Math Level 2 Subject Test scores. A student with a SAT Math score of less than 480, or SAT Math Level 2 Subject Test score of less than 430, or ACT Math Score of less than 18 will be placed in MATH 101E - Fundamentals of Algebra and Trigonometry I with Pre-College Math Enhancement, offered by the Center for Academic Excellence. A SAT Math score between 480 and 510, or SAT Math Level 2 Subject Test score between 430 and 460, or ACT Math score between 18 and 20 allows the student to enroll in MATH 101-Fundamentals of 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. A SAT Math score between 520 and 570, or SAT Math Level 2 Subject Test score between 470 and 530, or ACT Math score between 21 and 23 requires that the student enroll in MATH 110-Precalculus for Engineers & Scientists, or MATH 111-College Algebra and Trigonometry, both of which are offered by the Mathematics Department. A SAT Math score of 570 or higher, or SAT Math Level 2 Subject Test 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 in MATH 101E, 101, 103, and 111) or Precalculus (for placement in 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 on the Math Dept Algebra placement test requires that the student enroll in MATH 101E. A score between 15 and 19 on 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 on the Math Dept Algebra placement test will place the student in MATH 111. A score between 13 and 16 on 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=12&navoid=1332. Scroll down to Mathematics and click on "Display Programs for Mathematics." Choose any of the links to a math major, minor, or certification. Then click on the titles of required math courses to see their descriptions.
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 Math Level 2 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.

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.

UNC Asheville
UNC Asheville SealEach incoming UNC-Asheville student will be advised about which math 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 a student has not taken the AP Calculus test, but scores high enough on the SAT/ACT tests, the student may take placement tests at UNC-CH to place out of the first two calculus classes.

In many cases a student will receive class credit, but in some cases only placement credit, to allow the student to 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. A score of 590 or above on SAT Math Level 1 Subject Test, or 570 or above on SAT Math Level 2 Subject Test, or a score of 26 or higher on the ACT Math Test, or an AP score of 2 or higher on either of the AP Calculus Tests, will allow the student to receive placement credit for 110. Math 130 (Precalculus) is a prerequisite for Calculus I (Math 231). A score of 640 or higher on the SAT Math Level 2 Subject Test, or 29 or higher on the ACT Math Test, or an AP score of 2 or higher on either AP Calculus Test, will allow the student to receive placement credit for Math 130. The calculus sequence is called 231, 232, and 233. An AP score of 3 or higher on the AP Calculus AB Test, will allow the student to receive course credit for Math 231. An AP score of 3 or higher on the AP Calculus BC Test, results in course credit for both Math 231 and 232.

If a student has already received placement credit for Math 130 based on the previous rules (SAT Math Level 2 Subject Test score of at least 640, at least 29 on the ACT Math Test, or AP Calculus score of 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 Math 231. If a passing score is earned, the student may choose to take the second exam for placement credit for Math 232.

An ALEKS placement test is also available to students to place out of Math 110 and or Math 130.

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 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 place 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. In the left column, choose the 2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog. Under Catalog Search, type "course descriptions." Then type "MATH."
UNC Greensboro
UNC Greensboro SealThe Math Placement Test 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 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 2018-2019 mathematics placement test at UNCP is a revised, calculator optional, 25-question test. Scores offer recommendations for enrollment rather than requirements, but statistical data supports our recommendations for placement.

A score of 15 or below will result in the student being placed into MAT 1050-MAT 1090 depending on the student’s high school and/or transfer credit, grades, and major. A score range of 16 to 17 will place students into MAT 2150 (Calculus with Applications). A score of 18 or higher will place students into MAT 2150 - MAT 2210, which means the student has the option of taking either MAT 2150 or MAT 2210 (Calculus 1). MAT 1050, 1070, 1080, 1090, 2150, and 2210 satisfy the general education mathematics requirements.

A student cannot receive credit for any mathematics course based on his/her placement test 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: https://catalog.uncp.edu/content.php?catoid=12&navoid=719. 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=49&navoid=6535. Under Prefix choose "MAT," then click "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 'Current 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: Course Placement:

Mathematics Accuplacer Elementary Algebra: 33 and below Student must enroll in MAT 1306

Accuplacer Elementary Algebra: 34-41 Contact an ASC to take an additional placement test. Once test is completed, If the test score 79% or lower, the student must enroll in MAT 1306. If score 80% or higher , student may enroll in *Level I math course.

Accuplacer Elementary Algebra: 42
Accuplacer College Level Math: 85 and below
Student may enroll in any *Level I math course

SATM: greater than 510
ACTM: greater than 21
Accuplacer College Level Math: greater than 85
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 . Under Prefix choose "MAT," then click "Filter."