Get Help with Math Placement

Page Last Updated: Mon Apr 01 10:13:45 EDT 2019   


Determine If You Need to Take a Math Placement Test

Most students attending USC Aiken for the first time 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. USC Aiken's Math Department has provided helpful information to determine if you require the test:

Access the Math Placement Test

Math Placement Tests are found in Blackboard. You should see them as soon as you log into Blackboard. If not, follow these instructions:

  1. Log into Blackboard at:
  2. If you are asked to complete a Blackboard profile go ahead and do so, or just click the "Do it later" link to continue into Blackboard.
  3. Once you are into Blackboard you'll see several modules. Find the "My Organizations" module on the right-side of the screen. You're looking for the "USC Aiken Math Placement Test" link highlighted in yellow in this example.
  4. Click the "USC Aiken Math Placement Test" and you should be immediately taken to the test.

*** Not able to find or access the Math Placement Test?

If the "USC Aiken Math Placement Test" link isn't shown in your "My Organizations" module, or it is shown but gives an error when clicked, you'll need to contact the Help Desk for support.

During normal business hours (8am-8pm Mon-Thur and 8-5 Fri): you can reach us at: 803-641-3391.  Or email us for math placement assistance at:

After-hours and on weekends: please email us regarding math placement issues at: for the fastest math placement assistance.

Be sure to include the following information when emailing:

  • Full first and last name
  • Network Username (Blackboard Username)
  • Phone Number

Test Instructions

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 multiple-choice. 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.


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



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


Student has the MATH A108 prerequisite.

Any of the above courses and/or

Students with MPT Code 4 whose major requires MATH 141 (Calculus I) should also take Trigonometry Test.


Student has the MATH A111 prerequisite.

Any of the above courses



Student has the MATH A112 prerequisite.

Any of the above courses



* Students with MPT Codes 5 and P may enroll in MATH A141 (Calculus I).

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