Math Placement Test

MATH courses that begin with 11 have no prerequisites and are geared toward liberal arts majors in general. Science and Business majors will likely have to take some form of calculus to fulfill their major requirements or satisfy their Q requirement.

Students required to complete a calculus course at Stetson must successfully pass a math placement test (MPT). The test, designed by the Mathematical Association of America, is the most widely used test for math placement in the US. While we do not encourage students to study in order to pass the test, they are welcome to review information to feel better prepared. The test contains pre-calculus, trigonometry, and algebra II with word problems and graphs. Passing the test lets the instructor know that the student has the foundation needed for the course. If you have any questions, contact Dr. Lisa Coulter.

The following students are exempt from taking the math placement test:

  • Students who have a score of 4 or 5 on the Calculus Advanced Placement Test
  • Students who have a score of 6 or 7 on the Mathematics Higher Level International Baccalaureate Test
  • Students who have a grade of A-C in the Mathematics – Further – A Level Only in the AICE Program

Completing the Math Placement Exam:

  • Make sure you have the latest version of Java installed on your computer; if you need to download or upgrade you can do so here.
  • Access the exam site.
  • Click “Create Account”, enter your Stetson ID and email
  • Select the “Algorithmic Calculus Readiness” version of the test
  • Students with disabilities must contact the Accessibility Services Center for approval to take the “XT” version of the placement test (email asc@stetson.edu)
  • There is a 30 minute time limit (you CANNOT pause the test by clicking “Quit and Save”
  • Click on the “Grade” button when you are finished with the test

Students see their score immediately after the test is graded. The Math/CS Dept. runs the MPT report for the Registrar’s Office and sends an email to students who have attempted the test. The Registrar’s Office manually updates each student’s degree audit based on the MPT report. This process can take a few days depending on the size and frequency of the report. Once all holds are removed from the degree audit, the student can register for a calculus course.

Scoring:

  • MATH 141Q (Computer* and Natural Sciences) 15 or higher
  • MATH 130 (taken in combination with MATH 131Q for MATH 141Q credit) 11 or higher
  • MATH 122Q (Business Majors) 11 or higher
  • Students who score 10 or below cannot place into a calculus course

Students who do not earn a score sufficient for placement into a calculus course have the option to retake the test for a maxim of two attempts. They also have the option t enhance their math skills by enrolling in a non-credit, online course before reattempting the placement test. Students may retake the placement test after making sufficient progress in the online course. For more information, contact Susan Smith or Dr. Lisa Coulter.

If student wants to take the online Hawkes Learning remediation course:

    • Direct student to notify the Registrar’s Office to add to their degree audit; direct student to the Bookstore to get course key and other materials.
    • 098: College Algebra – for MATH 122Q.
    • 099: Pre-Calculus – for MATH 130 or 141Q
    • Online course is about $200, plus $75 book (book not required)