University of Southern Indiana
Placement Testing Mathematics

Mandatory placement for all entry-level mathematics courses is required by the Department of Mathematics. The appropriate level of course for a student is determined by a mathematics placement test; therefore, students should give their best effort when taking this test.

Students may be exempt from taking the math placement test, based on the following:

  • a math SAT score of at least 640 or Math ACT score of at least 29
  • a high school GPA of at least a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) and Math SAT score of least 600 or Math ACT score of at least 26
  • transfer credit for Quantitative Reasoning (MATH 114) or higher.

A student exempt from placement testing may, with assistance from an advisor, select the math course that best meets the requirements of his or her program of study.

The math placement tests are administrated using ACCUPLACER, a computerized assessment system.

  • ACCUPLACER is untimed, allowing students to work at their own pace.
  • No calculators are permitted on the math section, but scratch paper and pencils are provided.
  • ACCUPLACER provides an adaptive testing environment. This means that if students answer correctly, the next question will be at the same level or more difficult. If students answer incorrectly, the next question will be at the same level or easier.

Math placement recommendations will vary based on a student’s background in mathematics: course placements can range from Algebra Review (GENS 097) to Calculus I (MATH 230).

Questions regarding Math Placement can be directed to Dr. Bill Wilding, math department chair, at 812/465-1689 or bwilding@usi.edu or Nancy Myers in Academic Skills at 812/464-1743 or nmyers@usi.edu

Education Center Room 1111   812/464-1743   acadskil@usi.edu


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