Math Skills Center

Mathematics and Statistics Placement

Mathematics and Statistics placement at SCSU is designed to place students in appropriate entry-level mathematics and statistics courses.  The entry-level courses in mathematics and statistics are MATH 070, 072, 112, 113, 115, 201, 211, 221 and STAT 193, 219, 239.  With the exception of MATH 070, placement is mandatory for all students who need to take an entry-level course unless they can provide evidence of the necessary course prerequisites.   See MATH and STAT course descriptions for course prerequisites. 

If a student does not meet the entry-level course prerequisites through coursework, the student can still place into the course with an appropriate ACT Math score or an appropriate score on one of the ACCUPLACER exams.  The ACCUPLACER exams include the EA (Elementary Algebra) exam, the IA (Intermediate Algebra) exam and the CLM (College Level Mathematics) exam.

Placement Requirements

  • MATH 072, MATH 193 and STAT 193 require a minimum ACT Math score of 20 or a minimum EA score of 70.
  • MATH 112, MATH 196 and MATH 201 require a minimum ACT Math score of 22 or a minimum IA score of 60 or a minimum CLM score of 50.
  • MATH 115, STAT 219 and STAT 239 require a minimum ACT Math score of 24 or a minimum IA score of 65 or a minimum CLM score of 50.
  • MATH 113 and MATH 211 require a minimum CLM score of 60.
  • MATH 221 and MATH 271 require a minimum CLM score of 65.

If you need to take an ACCUPLACER exam, schedule an appointment at the Placement Testing Center.

Placement Notes

  • MATH 070 does not require placement but a student with an ACT Math score less than 16 or an EA score below 30 should speak with an advisor. 
  • ACT Math Scores dated prior to May 1, 2013 are valid for 4 years, ACT math scores dated May 1, 2013 – May 1, 2015 will be valid for 3 years, and ACT Math scores dated after May 1, 2015 will be valid for 2 years.
  • Upon the expiration of an ACT Math score, placement is based solely on an ACCUPLACER score.
  • ACCUPLACER scores are valid for two years.
  • A student who has taken or is currently taking a math course may not take a placement exam for placement in a higher level course.  The student must follow the sequential course order recommended by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. 
  • A student may not take a math placement exam more than twice in a 12 month period.

Additional Mathematics and Statistics Advising



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