Math Placement at Southern Oregon University
Whether you are a recent high school graduate, transfer student, or current student, it is important to understand the layout of math placement here at Southern Oregon University.
A "Math Placement" represents the numerical assessment of a student's math skills, in terms of the courses they are eligible to take. A math placement level is created by on of three ways: a placement assessment, SAT/ACT/Smart Balance (SBAC) scores, or the successful passing of a college (including preparatory) math course with a grade of a C- or better. Below you will find information on the different classifications of Math Placements at SOU.
Trying to find information on the Math Placement Assessment? Check out our Math Placement Assessment page!
What is a Math Level or Math Transfer Level?
Math Level or Math Transfer Level
In general, if a student has an assigned placement level, it will be either a Math Level, Math Placement Level or a Math Transfer Level. It is possbile for a student to have both scores when applying, if they took a college-level math course while in high school, and their ACT/SAT/SBAC scores are still valid.
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Incoming Math Placement Levels:
Below are references for more information on how levels are assigned.
Did you take the ACT/SAT/SBAC exam? Below are some references for how students are assigned a placement level based on these exams. Please note that students cannot obtain a math placement other than ML 100 or ML 111 from these tests. Any student who scores below the ranges listed below, and does not have any other collegiate coursework, will be required to take the Math Placement Assessment.
Math Level from the Math Placement or other Test Scores
Math Level from the Math Placement
Please keep in mind, many advisors with use the phrase "Math Placement Level" when describing this section. Students who take the Math Placement Assessment can place anywhere in the preparatory math courses, all the way up to calculus. Below is a reference to help students navigate the Math Placement Assessment scores. Click here to find out more information on the math placement.
Math Placement from Collegiate Coursework (Math Transfer Level)
Math Transfer Level (MTL) criteria
As explained above, a Math Transfer Level (MTL) is designated when a student is entering the university having completed either:
1. Approved Test Credit = Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or College Level Examination Program (CLEP) scores of an appropriate level. See the full list of subjects and scores here.
2. Earned math credit. In some cases, foundational coursework can be used to assign a MTL, though it would be less than the 100-level.
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