Math Placement

Mathematics Placement During Social Distancing

Math placement procedures will be changed for the duration of social distancing due to changes in placement test availability and cost. The new procedures are described immediately below.

  • Any student who has had access to those math placement tests normally used may choose to use the standard placement procedure, as described further down this page in the section "Mathematics Placement After Social Distancing is Complete." Any student with or without placement test results may instead choose to use the placement process described in the immediately following bullet points.
  • Students who want to take Math 123 Calculus I will be allowed to do so. Prior completion of trigonometry or precalculus is recommended. Those with questions should contact Donna Flint.
  • Placement for general education math courses below the level of Math 123 Calculus will be based on current high school GPA and Math ACT score (if available) as described in the table below.
  • Students who wish to challenge their placement as based on GPA and Math ACT may do so at no cost. Those students should contact Donna Flint.
  • We recommend that high school dual credit students work closely with their high school math teacher or counselor to determine the course in which they have the best chance of success.
  • We recommend that SDSU students work closely with their SDSU adviser to determine the course in which they have the best chance of success.

To use this table, you will want to know that Math Index is computed as (17 x Math ACT Score) + (250 x High School GPA).
Example: If your MATH ACT score is 21 and your High School GPA is 3.2, your Math Index = 17 x 21 + 250 x 3.2 = 1157.

Please refer to the column at right that applies to you to find your course placement.

If you do have a MATH ACT score and do have a High School GPA, your Math Index should be:

If you do not have a MATH ACT score and do have a High School GPA, your High School GPA should be:

If you do have a MATH ACT score and do not have a High School GPA, your MATH ACT score should be:

MATH 021 OR
MATH 101 OR
MATH 103 with MATH 093

Anyone can take these courses.

Anyone can take these courses.

Anyone can take these courses.

MATH 114 with MATH 094

Math Index 950 or higher

High School GPA 2.34 or higher

MATH ACT 18 or higher

MATH 103 OR
MATH 114 (without lab)

Math Index 1150 or higher

High School GPA 3.03 or higher

MATH ACT 20 or higher

MATH 115 OR
MATH 120 OR
MATH 121/121L OR
STAT 281

Math Index 1300 or higher

High School GPA 3.55 or higher

MATH ACT 25 or higher

MATH 123 Calculus I

Students who want to take Math 123 Calculus I will be allowed to do so. Prior completion of trigonometry or precalculus is recommended.

Students who want to take Math 123 Calculus I will be allowed to do so. Prior completion of trigonometry or precalculus is recommended.

Students who want to take Math 123 Calculus I will be allowed to do so. Prior completion of trigonometry or precalculus is recommended.

Mathematics Placement After Social Distancing Is Completed

Once placement test availability and cost have returned to normal, placement procedures will also return to normal. They are described below.

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.

If you have:

  • a current (within 5 years) Math ACT score and High School GPA OR
  • a Math ACT or SAT score only (no High School GPA) OR
  • score from Smarter Balanced (taken in 11th grade) OR
  • a High School GPA and an Accuplacer score obtained through the SD Dial Project,

your initial placement is the highest placement determined from these scores - see table below. Otherwise, your initial placement is Math 101 (Intermediate Algebra) or Math 103 with Math 093 (Mathematical Reasoning with Lab).

If you wish to take Calculus and have a qualifying initial placement (see table), you will take the Accuplacer + Calculus exam. There is no fee for this exam under these circumstances.

Placement Policy effective beginning January 2019

To use this table, you will want to know that:

  • 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
INITIAL PLACEMENTCHALLENGE PLACEMENT
If you want to take:

You have HS GPA and current ACT or SAT

Use Math Index=250 X HS GPA +17 X Math ACT

You have current ACT or SAT, but NO HS GPA

Use ACT or SAT

You have no current ACT or SAT

Basic placement only

You have a Smarter Balanced Score

You have HS GPA and Next Gen Accuplacer score (AAF domain)

Use Challenge Index = 290 X HS GPA +AAF+20

You have NO HS GPA and Next Gen Accuplacer score
Math 021, Math 101 or Math 103 with Math 093Anyone can take these coursesAnyone can take these coursesAnyone can take these coursesAnyone can take these coursesAnyone can take these coursesAnyone can take these courses
Math 114 with Math 094MI 950 or higher

ACT Math 18-19 or
SAT16 Math 500-510

NA2543-2627CI 950 or higherQAS 224-254

Math 103 or
Math 114 (without lab)

MI 1150 or higher

ACT Math 20 or higher or
SAT16 Math 520 or higher

NA2628 or higherCI 1150 or higherQAS 255-300 or AAF 200-249

Math 115 or
Math 120 or
Math 121/121L or
Stat 281

MI 1300 or higher

ACT Math 25 or higher or
SAT16 Math 590 or higher

NANACI 1300 or higherAAF 250-300 or SDCalc 1-15
Math 123 with 123LMI 1300 or higher AND Accuplacer SDCalc 16 or higher(ACT Math 25 or higher or SAT16 Math 590 or higher) AND Accuplacer SDCalc 16 or higherNANACI 1300 or higher AND Accuplacer SDCalc 16 or higherAAF 250 or higher AND SDCalc 16 or higher
Math 123 or Math 1232/123L-HonorsMI 1300 or higher AND Accuplacer SDCalc 19 or higher(ACT Math 25 or higher or SAT16 Math 590 or higher) AND Accuplacer SDCalc 19 or higherNANACI 1300 or higher AND Accuplacer SDCalc 19 or higherAAF 250 or higher AND SDCalc 19 or higher

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. Students are allowed two challenge opportunities. There is an $18.00 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 last column in the table above.

More information about how to prepare for these exams.

If you choose to challenge your placement, please set up an appointment at the testing center.

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 $80 plus a $20 registration fee. If a passing score is achieved, students will pay $7.50 per credit (3 credits x $7.50 = $22.50) 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 099, 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