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Policies, Procedures, and Math Placement Testing


Math Lab Policy

Students must pass Math Lab 0701/0801 in order to pass Math 0700/0800. If they fail either the lab or the lecture, they will be required to take both the lab and the lecture again in order to receive a passing grade for Math 0700/0800.

Students are expected to purchase the required software MyMathLab Student Access Code and bring it to the first class meeting. If a student does not have the access kit for the first class meeting, he may request temporary access, which lasts for 14 days.

There are three possible grades for MATH 0701/0801:
FAN (Failure due to Non-Attendance in a Non-Credit Course)
NC (No Credit)
CR (Credit)

Students in Math Lab will receive one course grade for the combined lab and lecture which is issued in the lecture course. The weighted average of all Math Lab homework and quizzes will count as 35% of the lab/lecture course grade. This homework/quiz average is determined by 40% lab homework grade and 60% lab quiz grade.

The grade, which will be reported on Webster, for Math Lab will be based solely on attendance. The attendance grade will be determined by the following scale:
FAN if the student does not attend any classes
NC if the student attends 1-4 classes
CR if the student attends 5 or more full two-hour classes

Attendance will not count toward the weighted homework/quiz average, but a student who receives grade of FAN or NC in lab cannot pass the lecture section.

NOTE: Grades in MATH 0700/0701 or MATH 0800/0801 are not included in determining AUM grade point average.


Calculator Policy

The general policy concerning the use of calculators in Mathematics courses at AUM is one of moderate conservatism. Calculators should be used to enhance conceptual understanding by minimizing tedious calculations but are in no way a substitute for proficiency in algebraic manipulations.

In accordance with this policy, we have agreed on the following calculator requirements for the various courses taught:

In MATH 0700 (Elementary Algebra) no calculators are allowed on any test.

In MATH 0800 (Intermediate Algebra) use of calculators on tests is left to the discretion of the instructor, but no calculators will be admitted on the final exam.

In MATH 1100 (Finite Mathematics) the use of a graphing calculator may or may not be allowed, depending on your instructor; a scientific calculator is required.

In MATH 1120 (Precalculus Algebra), MATH 1550 (Trigonometry) and MATH 1150
(Precalculus Algebra and Trigonometry) having a graphing calculator may give you a slight edge, and is to be recommended if you need (or want) to take MATH 1510 (Survey of Calculus) or MATH 1610 (Calculus I). The precalculus text introduces the use of this technology step by step and will make it so much easier for you to master some of its additional capabilities in Calculus.

Please consult your instructor for their calculator policy.

Which graphing calculator should you buy?

We recommend the TI-84 (TI-83 or TI-82). The TI-86 is also quite compatible. Whatever calculator you decide to use, make sure you have an owner’s manual. Graphing calculators featuring a CAS (e.g. TI-89 or the TI-92) are not allowed.

I have never used a graphing calculator before and want to start out in Calculus - what now?

Although most students just leaving high school are familiar with the use of this technology, there are always some returning students or international students who have never been exposed to it. Don’t feel discouraged. There is a wide variety of tutorials and freestanding texts available.


Mathematics Placement

Effective immediately: Mathematics placement is based solely on a student's ACT or SAT mathematics sub score and credit for certain college level mathematics courses.  ACT and SAT scores will be accepted regardless of their age.  The Math Placement Test (MPT) will ONLY be administered to students that do not have an ACT or SAT test score.

At least one of the prerequisite columns in the following table must be fulfilled in order to register for the course.

Course ACT/SAT Minimum
Score Prerequisite
Minimum Math Placement Test Score Prerequisite Minimum Course Credit Prerequisite
MATH 0700/0701 Elementary Algebra None None None
MATH 0800/0801
Intermediate Algebra
ACT Math: 18
OR
SAT Math: 440
At least Level 2 C in MATH 0700
MATH 1050
College Algebra
ACT Math: 20
OR
SAT Math: 480
At least level 4 C in MATH 0800
MATH 1100
Finite Mathematics
ACT Math: 20
OR
SAT Math: 480
At least Level 4 C in MATH 0800
OR
C in MATH 1050
MATH 1120
Precalculus Algebra
ACT Math: 22
OR
SAT Math: 520
At least Level 5 B# in MATH 0800
OR
C in MATH 1050
MATH 1550
Trigonometry
ACT Math: 23
OR
SAT Math: 540
At least Level 5 C in MATH 1050
OR
D in MATH 1120
MATH 1150
Precalculus Algebra with Trig
ACT Math: 23
OR
SAT Math: 540
At least Level 5 B# in MATH 0800
OR
C in MATH 1050
OR
D in MATH 1120
MATH 1510
Survey of Calculus
ACT Math: 25
OR
SAT Math:580
At least Level 6 D in MATH 1120
OR
D in MATH 1150
MATH 1610
Calculus I
ACT Math: 26
OR
SAT Math: 600
At least Level 7 D in MATH 1150
OR
(D in MATH 1120 AND
D in MATH 1550)
MATH 2670
Elementary Statistics
N/A N/A D in MATH 1100
OR
D in MATH 1150
OR
D in MATH 1510
OR
D in MATH 1610

Mathematics Placement FAQ

Click here for Placement Frequently Asked Questions

Mathematics Placement Test (MPT)

Room 310 Taylor Center
***Administered by appointment only***
General information:
  • Students are not allowed to:
    • take the Math Placement Test (MPT) more than once;
    • take the test if they already have an ACT, SAT, or MPT score on record.
  • The MPT is free.
  • There is no time limit, but students who have not completed the test in one hour may be asked to return at a later date to complete the test.

How to create an appointment:
  1. Log on to MyAum and click AdvisorTrac from the menu on the left of the main page.
  2. On the left side of the AdvisorTrac page, click Search under the Appointments section of the page.
  3. Enter your student ID number (S#) into the Student field.
  4. In the Center selection menu, choose Math Testing (please do not change the location or time slider)
  5. Enter the desired date range for testing appointments and click Search.
  6. All available time slots for the date range will be highlighted in yellow. Simply click the time that best fits your schedule.
  7. Click Save and you should receive a confirmation email within a few minutes.
Students should bring the following items:
  1. STUDENT ID (S NUMBER)
  2. PHOTO ID
  3. A scientific calculator, if desired (The test includes a Windows calculator). No graphing calculators are allowed.
  4. Pencil
How to prepare for the exam: