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Mathematics Placement Information FAQ


Who is required to satisfy the Eastern Liberal Arts Core (LAC) Curriculum math requirement?
What is the Eastern Liberal Arts Core (LAC) Curriculum requirement for Math?
Which LAC Tier I Math course is required for my major?
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?

Who is required to satisfy the Eastern Liberal Arts Core (LAC) Curriculum math requirement?

All students must satisfy the Eastern Liberal Arts Core (LAC)  Curriculum math requirements. This includes all full-time and part-first-time transfer, readmitted and continuing students.

What is the Eastern Liberal Arts Core (LAC) Curriculum  requirement for Math? 

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

MAT 135P Math For Liberal Arts Plus
MAT 139P Number Systems Plus
MAT 155P Precalculus Mathematics Plus
MAT 135 Math For Liberal Arts
MAT 155 Precalculus Mathematics
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.

Which  LAC Tier I Math course is required for my major?

NOTE: While Eastern does not offer a degree in Secondary Education, it does offer certification. Students seeking certification in Secondary Education will take the LAC Tier I Math course required for their major.

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.

Advanced Placement (AP) Information:
Students with an AP Calculus score of 3 or higher, will receive credit for MAT 243.  Consult with your advisor to determine if additional math courses are required as determined by your major.

Students with an AP Statistics score of 3 or higher, will receive credit for MAT 216.  Consult with your advisor to determine your required LAC Tier I Math course.

Special Note for Students in the Honors Program:
Students admitted into Eastern’s Honors Program are exempt from taking any math placement test. Consult with your advisor to determine your required LAC Tier I Math course.

Special Note on Transfer Information:
Transfer students who have received credit for MAT 098, MAT 099, Math 1XX or Math 2XX are placed into MAT 135P, MAT 139P or MAT 155P (choice of course determined with advisor). Transfer students seeking to place into MAT 135 or MAT 155 must take the Accuplacer test.

Transfer students who have received credit for MAT 216 or MAT 101 are placed into MAT 135, MAT 139P, MAT 155 or MAT 155P (choice of course determined with 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

You must 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?

The possible mathematics courses you will place into are listed below. (Note, the Math Foundations Program website will be available soon).

MAT 099 -  Algebra Essentials Overview
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 135P, 139P or 155P (choice of course determined with advisor) immediately.  This course falls under the MAC participation policy, and has an attendance policy. Refer to the Math Foundations Program website for details.

MAT 135P – Math for Liberal Arts Plus Overview 
This four-credit course counts toward graduation and fulfills the General Education Math Requirement (GER IIIA) or LAC Tier I Math requirement.  This course falls under the Eastern LAC policy, the MAC participation policy, and has an attendance policy. Refer to the Math Foundations Program website for details.

MAT 139P – Number Systems Plus Overview
This four-credit course fulfills the General Education Math Requirement (GER IIIA) or LAC Tier I Math requirement. This course is intended for Elementary (non-math) majors only.  This course falls under the Eastern LAC policy, and has an attendance policy. Refer to the Math Foundations Program website for details.

MAT 155P – Precalculus Mathematics Plus Overview
This five-credit course fulfills the General Education Math Requirement (GER IIIA) or LAC Tier I Math requirement. This course falls under the Eastern LAC policy, the MAC participation policy, and has an attendance policy. Refer to the Math Foundations Program website for details.

MAT 135 – Math For Liberal Arts Overview
This three-credit course fulfills the General Education Math Requirement (GER IIIA) or LAC Tier I Math requirement. This course falls under the Eastern LAC policy and has an attendance policy. Refer to the Math Foundations Program website for details.

MAT 155 – Precalculus Mathematics Overview
This four-credit course fulfills the General Education Math Requirement (GER IIIA) or LAC Tier I Math requirement. This course falls under the Eastern LAC policy and has an attendance policy. Refer to the Math Foundations Program website for details.

MAT 243 – Calculus I with Technology Overview
This four-credit course fulfills the General Education Math Requirement (GER IIIA) or LAC Tier I Math 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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