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Mathematics Placement

Department of Mathematical Sciences

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 (MPT) by May 31, 2021, unless they meet certain exemptions as noted below.

**Due to the impact of COVID-19, students may choose to take the math placement test (MPT) to improve their math placement for fall 2021. The results of the MPT will be compared to the standardized test scores and the highest placement will be granted. The math placement test must be completed by each student by May 31, 2021.**

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.

For the following majors, these students will be enrolled into MATH 102 or 103:

  • Communication, English, Fine Arts, History, Music Ed., Political Science, Undeclared 

For all STEM majors (College of Sciences and Engineering), majors in all professional schools, and Sociology majors, the following chart applies based on standardized test scores:

New Math Placement chart
(effective Fall 2019)

ACT Score (MATH)


Course Placement

16 or lower

459 or below


17 – 21

460 – 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.

Instructions on Using Blackboard

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.

Take Me To The Mathematics Placement 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 108L or a B or better to enroll in MATH A108.







Student has the MATH A104 prerequisite. Student must complete MATH 108L with a C or better as a prerequisite to other math courses in the major.

Any of the above courses and/or MATH A108L



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/A108L prerequisite.

Any of the above courses and/or

MATH A122 


MATH A111 

MATH A112 

MATH A222 


Students with MPT Code 4 whose major requires MATH A141 (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).