University of Southern Indiana

Mathematics Placement

Mandatory placement for all entry-level mathematics courses is required by the Department of Mathematics.  The appropriate level course for a student is determined by the SAT/ACT math score.  If your ACT-Math and SAT-Math scores place you into different courses, you will be permitted to take the higher-level course. Course selection should be made in consultation with your academic advisor. If an ACT or SAT score is not available, then a math placement test is required.

Course

(Descriptions)

ACT Math score SAT Math score

Accuplacer Score

Quantitative Reasoning Score

Accuplacer Score

Advanced Algebra and Functions Score

MATH 230 29 and higher 660 and higher 258 to 300
MATH 230 ACT Math ≥ 26 and HSGPA ≥ 3.0 SAT Math ≥ 620 and HSGPA ≥ 3.0 258 to 300
MATH 115/118 24 to 28 580 to 650 250 to 257
MATH 111/114 22 or 23 550 to 570 236 to 249
MATH 085/114 21 530 to 540 200 to 235
*MATH 081/085 18 to 20 470 to 520 237 to 262
MATH 081/085 16 or 17 400 to 460 237 to 262
MATH 081 15 and below 390 and below 236 and below
Must take the placement test No Scores No Scores

The Accuplacer Quantitative Reasoning test is given first.  Students who score 263 or higher will then take the Advanced Algebra and Functions test, which is the test used for obtaining higher placements in math.

Students who think they can place higher by taking a placement test are allowed to do so.  Refer to the section on “General Placement Testing Information” for information about taking the placement test.

*Students who score in this range are strongly encouraged to take the placement test to see if they can place higher.

Math Placement Test

Students who do not have SAT/ACT scores will need to take a placement test. 

The math placement test is administered using the computerized ACCUPLACER test.

  • The test is untimed, allowing students to work at their own pace.
  • No calculators are permitted on the test, but scratch paper and pencils are provided.
  • ACCUPLACER provides an adaptive testing environment. This means that if a student answers a question correctly, the next question will be at the same level or more difficult.  If a student answers incorrectly, the next question will be at the same level or easier.  Points are awarded according to the level of difficulty of the question.
  • The ACCUPLACER Quantitative Reasoning test is given first. Students who score 263 or higher will then take the Advanced Algebra and Functions test, which is the test used for obtaining higher placements in math.  For this reason, students should put forth their best effort particularly on the first test.
  • Students who think they can improve their placement can take the Math placement test. The test must be completed at least two weeks before their Orientation session.
  • One retest is permitted for math, but the student must wait at least a week before retaking the test.  Brushing up on math skills before a retest is highly recommended.

Questions regarding math placement can be directed to the Math Department Chair,  by email or by phone at 812/465-1241 or to the Placement Testing Coordinator,  by email or by phone at 812/464-1743.

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