Mathematics Placement Information

Mathematics Placement Information FAQ

(Through Spring 2014)


What is required of all students to Eastern? This includes all full-time and part-time first-time students, full-time and part-time transfer students, full-time and part-time readmit students, and full-time and part-time current students.
What is the Eastern Liberal Arts Core (LAC) Curriculum?
How is Mathematics placement determined?
What is Accuplacer?
Who should take Accuplacer?
When and where is Accuplacer administered?
What should I bring with me on the day of the Accuplacer test?
What are the Accuplacer test procedures?
What happens after I have completed the Accuplacer test?
Is there a sample math test or other tools I can use to prepare for the Accuplacer test?
What are the possible Mathematics courses I might place into?
What if I need/choose to take a math course elsewhere?
Where can I go for assistance with my math courses?

What is required of all students to Eastern? This includes all full-time and part-time first-time students, full-time and part-time transfer students, full-time and part-time readmit students, and full-time and part-time current students.All students must satisfy their Eastern Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC) mathematics requirement.

What is the Eastern Liberal Arts Core (LAC) Curriculum? All students must satisfy their Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC) Tier I mathematics requirement for their respective degree program of study within their first 30 credits earned at Eastern. The possible options for Mathematics courses are:

MAT 130 Precalculus Mathematics
MAT 135 Mathematics For Liberal Arts
MAT 139 Number Systems
MAT 243 Calculus I with Technology

Students who fail any of these courses in any given semester must take the course again the following semester. If a student fails to complete these courses within the first 30 credits earned at Eastern, he/she will not be allowed to register for additional courses unless his/her registration includes the required LAC Tier I math course.

How is Mathematics placement determined?

  1. Your SAT Math Score (or ACT Score) will determine your placement.
  2. Accuplacer Test: Students who do not have a SAT math score (or ACT Score) , or believe they may be prepared for a higher level math course than their SAT math score (or ACT Score) indicates may choose to take the Accuplacer test. If your Accuplacer test results places you in a higher course than your SAT math score (or ACT Score) indicates, then your Accuplacer test results will determine your placement.

The following chart indicates the course you are eligible to take based on your SAT math score (or ACT score), or advanced placement high school math score or Accuplacer test results.

SAT Math ScoreACT ScoreAccuplacer ResultsEastern Math Course
Elementary AlgebraCollege Level Math
450 or below1 to 16Less than 40MAT 098 (offered Summer sessions)
OR
MAT 101P (offered Fall/Spring sessions)
460 to 49017At least 40 but less than 55One Semester Option: Take MAT 101W (an accelerated course which covers the content of MAT 098 and MAT 101 in one semester).

Two Semester Option: Take MAT 098 the first semester, and then take MAT 101 the following semester.
500 to 54018 to 21At least 55 but less than 75MAT 101
550 to 59022 to 23At least 75Less than 60Any mathematics course that has a MAT 101 prerequisite. These include the LAC Tier I math courses 130, 135, and 139. Your degree program of study will determine the specific course.
600 and above24 to 36At least 75Less than 60Any mathematics course that has a MAT 101 prerequisite. These include the LAC Tier I math courses 130, 135, 139 and 243. Your degree program of study will determine the specific course.
Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus score of 3 or higherYou will receive credit for MAT 243. Confer with your advisor to determine if additional math courses are required as determined by your major.
Advanced Placement (AP) Statistics score of 3 or higherYou will receive credit for MAT 216. Confer with your advisor to determine your required LAC Tier I math course.

For all full-time and part-time non-matriculated students:
Consult the School of Continuing Education.

For all full-time and part-time students in the Bachelor of General Studies (B.G.S.) Program:
If you have not fulfilled Eastern’s LAC Tier I math requirement and your Math Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) is below 600 then you register for MAT 120, Algebra Concepts in Context. If you seek a higher level math course, you may choose to take the Accuplacer test.

Special Notes:

  • Students admitted into Eastern’s Honors Program are exempt from taking the math placement test.
  • Transfer students who have received credit for Math 1XX are immediately placed into MAT 101 or 101W (determined with your advisor). Transfer students seeking to place out of MAT 101 or 101W must take the Accuplacer test.
  • Transfer students who have received credit for MAT 216 are immediately placed into MAT 130, 135, or 139 (determined with your advisor).

What is Accuplacer?

ACCUPLACER is a computerized adaptive multiple choice untimed test. This means that your correct/incorrect responses will determine the number and type of problems that you will see. Therefore, as long as your responses are correct the computer will keep giving you harder questions. This technique selects just the right questions for your ability level. Because the test works this way, you must answer every question when it is first given. You can change your answer to a particular question before moving on to the next question, but you cannot leave a question out or come back to it later to change your answer. If you do not know the answer to a question, try to eliminate one or more of the choices. Then pick from the remaining choices.At Eastern, the test is divided into two categories of material, which are Elementary Algebra and College-Level Mathematics. The test will begin with the Elementary Algebra material in which there are a total of 12 questions. For the College-Level Mathematics section there are a total of 20 questions.

Sample of Topics Covered in Elementary Algebra

  • operations with integers and rational numbers
  • computations with integers and negative rationals
  • the use of absolute values, and ordering
  • operations with algebraic expressions
  • adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing polynomials
  • simplifying exponents
  • simplifying algebraic fractions
  • factoring
  • translating written phrases into algebraic expressions
  • solving equations, inequalities, quadratic equations
  • solving verbal problems presented in an algebraic context

Sample of Topic Covered in College-Level Mathematics

  • simplifying rational algebraic expressions
  • factoring and expanding polynomials
  • manipulating roots and exponents
  • solving linear, quadratic, and inequalities
  • system of equations
  • trigonometric, logarithmic and exponential functions
  • practical problems

Who should take Accuplacer?

Anyone who scored below 550 on SAT math or 22 on ACT.

When and where is Accuplacer administered?

Listed below are the testing dates, times, and location for the Accuplacer exams.
This test may be taken only once, and registration is required.

Accuplacer Test Calendar
Sign up for Math Placement Test

DateLocationTime

Please contact the English Department for English placement test information.

What should I bring with me on the day of the Accuplacer test?

You should bring your Eastern student ID and a few #2 pencils. The only calculator you can use is the one provided by computer.

DO NOT BRING YOUR PERSONAL CALCULATOR

What are the Accuplacer test procedures?

Upon your arrival, you will be directed to the appropriate computers for testing. Please have a seat and await further instructions from the math proctor. You will be responsible for being prepared to test and testing in a serious manner.

What happens after I have completed the Accuplacer test?

Once you have completed the test, the math proctor will print three copies of the score report, of which you will receive one for your records. The score report will provide you with your math placement results instructing you of the math course you should register for.

Is there a sample math test or other tools I can use to prepare for the Accuplacer test?

The link below is a sample test that will help you prepare for the Accuplacer test. This test is closely related to the types of questions on the Accuplacer Test.

Sample practice problems for the Accuplacer Test
Answer Key for sample practice problems for the Accuplacer Test
Here you will find interactive worksheets (some with video), online worksheets, and printed worksheets
PreAlgebra/Elementary

What are the possible Mathematics courses I might place into?

You will be placed in one of the following courses.
(View Course Descriptions for mathematical content of the courses below)

MAT 098 – Elementary Algebra
This three-credit course counts toward your GPA and toward full-time status, but does not count toward graduation. After successful completion of this course, you MUST take MAT 101 or (101W) immediately.

This course falls under the BOT math proficiency policy, the MAC participation policy, and has an attendance policy. Refer to the DMP website for details.

MAT 101 – Intermediate Algebra This three-credit course counts toward graduation, but does NOT fulfill the LAC Tier I mathematics requirement. After successful completion of this course, you MUST take MAT 130, 135, or 139 as determined by your major.

This course has an attendance policy. Refer to the DMP website for details.

MAT 101W – Intermediate Algebra with Workshop
This accelerated four-credit course, of which three credits count toward graduation, does NOT fulfill the LAC Tier I mathematics requirement. This course covers MAT 098 and MAT 101 in one semester. After successful completion of this course, you MUST take MAT 130, 135, or 139 as determined by your major. This course falls under the MAC participation policy and has an attendance policy. Refer to the DMP website for details.

MAT 101P – Intermediate Algebra Plus
This accelerated five-credit course, of which three credits count toward graduation, does NOT fulfill the LAC Tier I mathematics requirement. This course covers MAT 098 and MAT 101 in one semester and has a daily online problem solving component. After successful completion of this course, you MUST take MAT 130, 135, or 139 as determined by your major. This course falls under the MAC participation policy and has an attendance policy. Refer to the DMP website for details.

MAT 130 – Precalculus Mathematics
This four-credit course fulfills the General Education Math Requirement (GER IIIA) or LAC Tier I mathematics requirement. This course falls under the Eastern LAC policy.

MAT 135 – Math For Liberal Arts
This three-credit course fulfills the General Education Math Requirement (GER IIIA) or LAC Tier I mathematics requirement. This course falls under the Eastern LAC policy.

MAT 139 – Number Systems
This three-credit course fulfills the General Education Math Requirement (GER IIIA) or LAC Tier I mathematics requirement. This course is intended for Elementary (non-math) majors only. This course falls under the Eastern LAC policy.

MAT 243 – Calculus I with Technology
This four-credit course fulfills the General Education Math Requirement (GER IIIA) or LAC Tier I mathematics requirement. This course falls under the Eastern LAC policy.

What if I need/choose to take a math course elsewhere?

You can take an equivalent math course elsewhere. To do so, you must submit to the Registrar’s office at Eastern an Approval to Take Courses Outside of Eastern form which is located at the Advising Center or the School of Continuing Education. Refer to the Course equivalency information website for assists with course selection. After successfully completing the course, you must have your transcripts sent immediately to Eastern.

Where can I go for assistance with my math courses?

Students can receive assistance for the above courses in the Mathematics Achievement Center (MAC). Please visit the MAC website for details.

Coordinator of Math Placement Testing

Mr. John Tyszka
Science Building, Room 158
Phone: (860) 465 – 4789

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