Mathematics Placement

Entering freshmen are placed into their first math course according to their SAT math score. If you believe you are prepared for a higher level math course than your SAT math score indicates, you may choose to take the Math Placement Exam. More detailed information on the placement exam are available at University's Placement Exams Mathematics Guide page. 

Transfer students may not use their SAT scores for math placement.

Here are some frequently asked questions about math placement exams.

The chart that follows indicates the courses a student is eligible to take based on their SAT/ACT Math score and high school math background. Mathematics course descriptions are available at here.

SAT/ACT Math Score

You are eligible for these math or statistics courses at SCSU

SAT 450 or below
OR
ACT 1-16
MAT 095 : Elementary Algebra
SAT 460 to 490
OR
ACT 17
MAT 102 : Intermediate Algebra Extended
OR YOU MAY CHOOSE TO TAKE
MAT 095 to review Elementary Algebra concepts.
SAT 500 to 540
OR
ACT 18-21
MAT 100 : Intermediate Algebra
OR YOU MAY CHOOSE TO TAKE
MAT 102 for more instructional time, or
MAT 095 to review Elementary Algebra concepts.

SAT 550 or above
OR
AP statistics course
with grade of B or better
OR
ACT 22 or above

Any mathematics course with MAT 100/102 as prerequisite, which may be determined by requirement of chosen major. These include MAT 103, 105, 107, 108, 120, 122 ,
OR YOU MAY CHOOSE TO TAKE
MAT 095 or 100 or 102 to review concepts.
SAT 600 and above
AND a grade of B or better
in a high school Precalculus
or  Calculus shown to have included trigonometry
(please contact Math Dept Chair)
OR
AP Calculus course
with grade of B or better
OR
ACT 24 or above
Any mathematics course with MAT 100/102 or MAT 120 or MAT 122 as prerequisite, which may be determined by requirements of chosen major. These include MAT 103, 105, 107, 108, 120, 122, 139, 150, 178 (if CSC requirement is satisfied), 221 ,
OR YOU MAY CHOOSE TO TAKE
MAT 095 or 100 or 102 to review concepts.

AP (Advanced Placement) Course Credits

In order for the course credit to be granted, you must notify the College Board to send your test scores to SCSU's Admissions Office. If you need help registering for Calculus II or III because your AP Calculus credits have not yet been entered into the system by Admissions, you may bring a copy of your test results to the Mathematics Department to obtain electronic permission.


AP Exam Result

Course credits granted by SCSU

Score of 3 or more
on the AB Exam
OR
Score of 4 or more as a subgrade on the BC Exam
OR
Score of 3 on the BC Exam

 MAT 150 Calculus I (4 cr.)

Score of 4 or 5
on the BC Exam

MAT 150 Calculus I and MAT 151 Calculus II (8 cr.)

Score of 3 or more
on the Statistics Exam

MAT 107 Elementary Statistics (3 cr.)