Mathematics and Statistics
Explanation of Placement Codes
Mathematics Placement Codes and Their Interpretation
When an automated math placement is calculated or a student takes the math placement test, a numeric code is generated and stored on the student's electronic record. Advisers with CSS (PeopleSoft Campus Solutions) access can look up a student's math placement code. Students may see this code on an unofficial transcript. The basic correspondence between math placement codes and courses is this:
|61||MATH 1310 or 1340|
|42||MATH 1260 (or 1280, see below)|
|2||No high school GPA available to make an automated placement|
|1||No ACT/SAT math score available to make an automated placement|
Students may take any course on this list that is at or below their math placement code. For example, a student with a math placement code of 42 may take MATH 1260, but could also elect to take MATH 1220. Note that MATH 1260 is a higher placement than MATH 1280: a student with a placement code of 41 can take MATH 1280, but not MATH 1260.
Please note that students who need to take Math 1310 or 1340, Calculus I, (this includes Integrated Mathematics majors, Middle Childhood Mathematics majors, and Biology, Psychology, and other BS science majors) should not take Math 1260, Basic Calculus, even if their placement code is 42. The courses that lead to 1310/1340 are 1210, 1220, 1280/1300, then 1310/1340. Students may start wherever they place on this list. Students with a placement code of 42 would start with Math 1280.
Mathematics placements for the courses listed above will be strictly enforced by the registration system. Students who believe their mathematics placement is lower than it should be are allowed to take the placement exam up to a total of three times. The math placement test can be taken on campus at the Learning Commons between 8 AM and 4 PM weekdays.
Be aware that, depending on the program the student is following, the math course they should take may not be the highest course on the list that they are allowed to take.
A new placement test has been developed for MATH 2130
If you have questions about mathematics placement, please consult the list of Frequently Asked Questions.