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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. Please see the current MATH 0701/0801 syllabus for the grading scale. Attendance will not count towards 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

  • Do I need to take the Math Placement Test (MPT)?
    • Only students without both an ACT and SAT score need to take the MPT. If a student already has an ACT or SAT score then they will not be allowed to take the MPT.

  • Can I challenge my ACT or SAT score by taking the Math Placement Test (MPT)?
    • No challenges are allowed. If a student already has an ACT or SAT score then they will not be allowed to take the MPT.

  • Can I retake the ACT or SAT to improve my mathematics placement?
    • Yes. If a student decides to retake either the ACT or SAT then these new scores should be submitted to the Registrar’s Office to be included in the student’s record. In the meantime, a request for permission to register for a math course based on the new ACT or SAT math sub score can be made by sending an email to the Director of Mathematical Studies, Dr. Jerome Goddard II (jgoddard@aum.edu), with the following information:
      • Student's full name;
      • AUM Student S# (student id number);
      • The name of the desired AUM course and semester of enrollment for that course;
      • A scan (preferably in PDF format) of the test results showing the student’s name, test date, and results.
Upon verifying the test results, the department may issue an appropriate prerequisite override for the student. Please note that incomplete requests will be immediately returned.

  • NEW, effective immediately: Can credit from remedial-level math courses count as a prerequisite or transfer to AUM?
    • Maybe. Previous to Summer 2017, the department did not accept transfer credit for remedial-level math courses. However, this policy has changed and effective immediately the department will allow courses that can be determined as equivalent to either MATH 0700 or MATH 0800 to be used as prerequisites for any AUM math course.
      • If you transferred to AUM on/after Summer 2017 then the Admissions Office has probably already coordinated with the Registrar’s Office to ensure that all transfer math credit (including remedial-level math) is articulated. The transfer course work will appear on the student’s transcript when articulation has been completed.
      • If you transferred to AUM before Summer 2017 then there is a good chance that remedial-level math courses were not articulated. If you have unarticulated math coursework at the remedial-level then you are welcome to make a request to the Registrar’s Office for the coursework to be reevaluated. A student’s academic advisor should be able to provide assistance in making such a request.
In either scenario, the transfer coursework will be evaluated by the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science and a determination will be made as to whether or not the transfer coursework is equivalent to any AUM math course.

  • Can math courses taken at another accredited college or university satisfy the prerequisites for an AUM math course even if the course is not listed on my AUM transcript?
    • Maybe. For students who have taken an AUM equivalent math course but said course is not listed on their AUM transcript, simply send an email to the Director of Mathematical Studies, Dr. Jerome Goddard II (jgoddard@aum.edu), with the following information:
      • Student's full name;
      • AUM Student S# (student id number);
      • The name of the desired AUM course and semester of enrollment for that course;
      • A description of the course from the college or university in question.
Each case will be carefully evaluated and a decision to issue an override or not will be made based on the course's similarity to the given AUM prerequisite course. Please note that incomplete requests will be immediately returned.

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: