Mathematics Placement
General Information
Incoming students are placed in their first mathematics course according to their ACT or SAT math scores. Students who do not have an ACT or SAT score must take the Mathematics Placement Test, unless they meet certain exemptions as noted below.
The purpose of mathematics placement is to assess each student’s ability in mathematics and help place him/her in the proper initial mathematics course.
New Math Placement chart
(effective Fall 2018)
ACT Score (MATH) 
SAT MATH (New) 
Course Placement 
19 or lower 
Below 480 
MATH A102, MATH A103, MATH A104 
20 – 21 
480 – 519 
MATH A108L (5 contact hours) 
22 – 24 
520 – 569 
MATH A108 (4 contact hours) 
25 – 27 
570 – 629 
MATH A111, MATH A112, MATH A122, MATH A170, STAT A201 
28 or higher 
630 or higher 
MATH A174, MATH A141* 
Placement Test Exemptions
AP Calculus
Students who have scored a 3, 4, or 5 on the Calculus Advanced Placement (AP) Exam will not need to take the mathematics placement test. A student with AP Calculus AB will be placed into MATH A142 (Calculus II) and a student with AP Calculus BC will be placed into MATH A241 (Calculus III).
Transfer and Graduate Students
A transfer or graduate student who has already earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college does not have to take the mathematics placement test.
A transfer student who receives transfer credit for MATH A108 or higher (excluding MATH A170, MATH A221 and MATH A222) does not take the placement test and may proceed to the next mathematics course required for his/her major. Courses that transfer as statistics courses with the STAT prefix do not qualify as mathematics courses for placement purposes.
Test Instructions
Only students who do not have an SAT or ACT score should take placement test. First, you must establish your blackboard account before accessing the math placement test. Click on the following link for blackboard instruction www.usca.edu/helpdesk/newstudents/blackboard.dot .
The Mathematics Placement Test consists of two parts: Algebra Test, and Trigonometry Test. The Algebra Test has three portions, you must obtain a sufficient score on each portion before being allowed to begin the next portion. If you successfully complete one portion, you may choose to take the next portion immediately or at a later time. If you successfully complete Algebra Test Part I and Part II, you may take the Trigonometry Test. You are allowed 60 minutes for each portion of the Algebra Test, and 90 minutes for the Trigonometry Test.
Calculators are not permitted! All answers are multiplechoice. Answer each question as it appears and click the right arrow button to go to the next question. Do not use the browser’s Back button to navigate to previous questions. Instead, use the left and right arrow buttons to move backward or forward in the test. The amount of time remaining to complete the test is displayed along with each question. Click the submit button only when you are completely finished. You may pause between tests if you take more than one test.
After you have submitted your test, your results will be displayed.
If you are not satisfied with your score on a test, you may retake the test any time after your first attempt. You may retake any portion of the test only once.
All students begin with Algebra Test Part I. Please click the following link "Take me to the test" to log into blackboard. Once you log in, under My Organization , click USCA MathPlacement Test. Carefully read all instructions on the Announcement page before beginning the test.
What does my score mean?
USCA Math Placement Test Score Interpretation on SSC  
Algebra Test Result 
Trigonometry Test Result 
The student may take any of the courses listed below appropriate for the major. 

2 
Student must complete MATH A104 with a grade of C or better before enrolling in MATH A108. 
MATH A102 

3 
Student has the MATH A104 prerequisite. Student must complete MATH A108 with a grade of C or better as a prerequisite to other math courses in the major. 
Any of the above courses and/or MATH A108 

4 
Student has the MATH A108 prerequisite. 
Any of the above courses and/or 

Students with MPT Code 4 whose major requires MATH A141 (Calculus I) should also take Trigonometry Test.  
5 
Student has the MATH A111 prerequisite. 
Any of the above courses 

4 
P 
Student has the MATH A112 prerequisite. 
Any of the above courses 
5 
P 
* Students with MPT Codes 5 and P may enroll in MATH A141 (Calculus I). 