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Math Course Placement Guide

Students are placed in the appropriate first mathematics course based on their ACT Math or SAT Math scores.

IF YOUR MATH SCORE WAS: YOU WILL BE PLACED IN THIS COURSE:
ACT Math SAT Math COMPASS Math Wayne State Math Course
15 or below 410 or below  Algebra - below 30 GST 102 Beginning Algebra
16 or above 411 or above  Algebra - 30 or above GST 103 Elementary Algebra 
17 or above 441 or above  Algebra - 35 or above MAT 105 Intermediate Algebra
19 or above 501 or above  Algebra - 40 or above MAT 110 Topics and Ideas in Math
or
MAT 210 Math for Elementary Education (intended for Special and Elementary Education majors)
21 or above 531 or above  Algebra - 45 or above MAT 121 College Algebra 
23 or above 590 or above  College Algebra - 50 or above MAT 130 Pre-Calculus (offered in fall semesters only)
or
MAT 180 Applied Probability and Statistics
25 or above   Trigonometry - 40 or above MAT 140 Calculus I

Earning Credit

Students can earn credit for MAT 110 Topics and Ideas in Math or MAT 121 College Algebra by taking the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) mathematics exam. This option should be discussed with an academic adviser and must be taken prior to completion of a higher-level math course.

For questions about math placement, contact Dr. Jennifer Langdon. For questions about the CLEP test, contact the Counseling Center at 402-375-7321.