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Math Placement

Mathematics Placement Beginning Fall 2022

The goal of the mathematics placement procedure at SDSU is to place each student into the most advanced level first mathematics or statistics class for which the student has a good chance of succeeding. In order to be as effective as possible in achieving this goal, we utilize multiple measures of mathematical preparedness to help students determine which SDSU mathematics or statistics class should be their first class. Each student is assigned an initial placement and has two opportunities to challenge that placement.

In the table below,

  • MI, or Math Index, is computed as (17 x Math ACT Score) + (250 x High School GPA)
  • CI, or Challenge Index, is computed as (Accuplacer AAF Score) + (290 x High School GPA) + 20
  • ALEKS PPL, or Placement, Preparation, and Learning is a component of the SDSU Jacks LeaP program
  • Student may choose the column which best fits their course goals
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COURSEHigh School GPA  Math Index (MI) MI= 250 × HS GPA + 17 × MATH ACT*Accuplacer score (only if no HS GPA)Smarter Balanced ScoreCHALLENGE INDEX CI = 290 × HS GPA + AAF** + 20 If student does not reach AAF domain, no challenge indexALEKS PPL
MATH 101 or MATH 103/093Basic Placement- anyone can take these courses- there is no placement or prerequisite requirement for these courses
MATH 114 w/094

2.34 ≤ HSGPA; 3.03

MI 950 or higherQAS 224-2542543-2627CI 950 or higher32
MATH 103 or MATH 1143.03 ≤ HSGPA 3.55MI 1150 or higherQAS 255-300 or AAF 200-2492628 or higherCI 1150 or higher46
MATH 115 or MATH 120 or MATH 121/121L or STAT 281HSGPA is 3.55 or higherMI 1300 or higherAAF 250-300 or Accuplacer SDCalculus 1-15NACI 1300 or higher61
MATH 123 w/123LHSGPA is 3.55 or higher AND Accuplacer Calculus 16 or higherMI 1300 or higher AND Accuplacer Calculus 16 or higherAAF 250+ AND Accuplacer SDCalculus 16 or higherNACI 1300 or higher AND Accuplacer Calculus 16 or higher76
MATH 123 or MATH 123 w/123L (HONORS)HSGPA is 3.55 or higher AND Accuplacer SDCalculus 19 or higherMI 1300 or higher AND Accuplacer SDCalculus 19 or higherAAF 250+ AND Accuplacer SDCalculus 19 or higherNACI 1300 or higher AND Accuplacer SDCalculus 19 or higher89

NOTES:

*SAT is converted to equivalent ACT for MI calculation **AAF (Advanced Algebra and Functions) Accuplacer Math score

Accuplacer domains: QAS: Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra & Statistics; AAF: Advanced Algebra and Functions

Test Scores and HS GPA must be no more than 5 years old to be used for placement

More Information About Math Placement

Challenging your placement

If you believe you are capable of succeeding in a more advanced class than the one in which you are placed by the standard placement procedures described above, you may challenge your placement by taking the Next Generation Accuplacer. Incoming SDSU students are allowed up to two challenge opportunities which are taken prior to their first college level mathematics course. High School dual credit students are permitted one challenge per semester.

There is a $20.00 challenge fee that must be paid prior to testing. Though students are allowed two challenges, review of the subject should be done prior to testing. The Accuplacer exam may be taken no more than two times.

If a student reaches the AAF (Advanced Algebra and Functions) domain and has an eligible High School GPA, the Challenge index above is used to determine the correct class. If a student does not reach the AAF domain and has a High School GPA, their initial placement applies.

If a student does not have an eligible High School GPA, the score on the Accuplacer Next Generation is used for placement as in the fourth column in the table above.

More information about how to prepare for these exams.

It is not always to change your placement using the Accuplacer.  If you wish to challenge your placement, talk with your advisor to determine if it is possible to change your placement using the Accuplacer.  If that is possible, please set up an appointment at the testing center.  If it is not possible, consider participating in Jacks LeaP.

Challenging placement through Jacks LeaP

Students who wish to challenge placement AND prepare for their first college level course should consider participating in SDSU Jacks LeaP.  Information can be found by clicking the button below.  Incoming SDSU students and High School dual credit students are invited to participate.  Students who are unable to change their placement using the Accuplacer, may have a chance to change placement by participating in Jacks LeaP.

jacks leap

Enrolling in a course lower than placed

Students who wish to enroll in a less advanced course than the one into which they are placed by the standard placement procedure should contact their advisor. Be sure to take a math class which will prepare you sufficiently for the courses in your current or possible major(s).

Consequences of ignoring the placement procedure

Students who are not enrolled in the appropriate course based on standard placement or challenge procedures will be notified by e-mail from the Math Department Placement Coordinator to the student jacks.sdstate.edu email account. Failure to adjust courses or take the appropriate placement test prior to the add/drop date for the semester will result in the student being administratively dropped from Math courses.

Some students should consider the CLEP College Algebra Exam

Students with an ACT Math score of 25 or higher should consider the CLEP College Algebra Exam if Math 114 (College Algebra) is the only course required for their major. Successful completion of the CLEP College Algebra examination allows qualification for Math 114 credits. The cost to take a CLEP exam is $100 plus a $20 registration fee. If a passing score is achieved, students will pay $8.50 per credit (3 credits x $8.50 = $25.50) to have these credits recorded on the transcript. Find more information about CLEP.

CLEP at SDSU Information

If you already have college credit

If you already have college credit for Math 114 (previously 102), Math 115 or higher, you will not use the placement process. The following table describes the prerequisites for first year courses at SDSU.

You may register for this classIf you have SDSU credit for this class
Math 114Math 095, Math 101, Math 103
Math 115, Math 120, Math 121Math 114
Stat 281Math 114 or Math 103
Math 123 with required Math 123LMath 115 with a grade of C or D or Math 120 with a grade of C or D (not recommended)

Math 123 or Math 123 with required Math 123L (HONORS)

Math 115 with a grade of A or B or Math 120 with a grade of A or B (not recommended)

Contact Information

Mathematics Placement Coordinator
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Chicoine Architecture, Mathematics and Engineering Hall Room 282
Box 2225
Brookings, SD 57007
605-688-6196