Math Placement
The Department of Mathematical Sciences makes all initial math
placements
based on the student's ACT or SAT score. We have found that these
scores are
a reliable indicator of the student success.
Placement in an appropriate math course
is crucial to your success at
Michigan Tech. We plan initial placement in an
entrylevel math course for all entering freshmen based on the
following
department recommendations:
ACT Math Score

SAT Math
Score

Course/Credits

below 19

below 500 
MA1030 College Algebra 1 (3 cr.)

1925 
500590 
MA1032 Data, Functions, and Graphs Plus (4
cr.)

2628 
600640 
MA1135 Calculus for Life Sciences (4
cr.) or 
MA1161 Calculus Plus with Technology I (5
cr.)

29 and above 
650 and above 
MA1135 Calculus for Life Sciences (4
cr.) or 
MA1160 Calculus with Technology
I (4 cr.) 
We realize however, that some students feel that they have not been
placed
into the correct course. If a student wishes to challenge his or
her
placement, he or she may choose to take the math diagnostic test. If a
student
chooses to take this test, he or she is waiving the initial placements
based
on the ACT or SAT score, and will be placed according to the placement
test
results. The placement test is offered online in the Spring; letters
are
mailed to students informing
them of
the availability of this test. The test must be taken during
the Spring testing window.
This is not a pass/fail test. It is
designed to indicate the most
appropriate first math course for you. Students will not be given
a
test score, but rather a math placement, after the diagnostic test is
taken.
This test is offered during orientation
in
August only for those students who enrolled at MTU after midMay, and
for
students who experienced problems with the online test. If
problems are
experienced during the online test, the student must contact
the
Director of First Year Math during the testing window.
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