Mathematics & Computer Science

Mathematics Placement Test

Please read below for information about the Mathematics Placement Test.  If you have  questions, please call Freida Warren at 334-244-3721.

Effective January 2013, you are allowed to take the Math Placement test a maximum of two times, and you must allow at least 30 days between tests.


You are required to take the Mathematics Placement Test only if:

    • You scored below 20 on ACT Math or below 510 on SAT Math within the last three years; OR
    • It has been three years or more since you last took the ACT, SAT or the AUM Placement Test.

If your ACT Math score is 25 or higher (SAT Math 600 or higher), you are cleared to register for Calculus (MATH 1610 or 1510), although you may still register for Finite Math (MATH 1100), Precalculus (Math 1120), Precalculus with Trigonometry (MATH 1150), or Trigonometry (Math 1550), as needed for your major.

If you must take the placement test, please note that the Department of Mathematics and Computer Sciences uses the COMPASS ACT 5.0 Mathematics Test. We administer the Algebra, College Algebra, and Trigonometry tests. You can find information about the test (including sample test questions) by going to http://www.act.org/compass/. To see a list of topics covered on the Placement Test, click on Placement Test Topics.

To take the AUM Math Placement Test at another location, contact Freida Warren at 334-244-3721.

To take the test on the AUM campus (Room 310 Taylor Center), choose from one of the dates below:

For the period Wednesday, August 19, 2015 through Friday, December 18, 2015:

Wednesday 5:00 PM-6:00 PM
Friday 1:00 PM-2:00 PM

Although there is no time limit, students who arrive later than the times listed above may be asked to return at a later date if they have not completed the test within one hour. 

NO PLACEMENT TESTING THANKSGIVING WEEK NOVEMBER 23-27, 2015.


Instructions:

    No appointment is needed.  At one of the specified times above, go to Taylor Center Room 310 (Mathematics Computer Lab).  There is no fee to take the test.

What to bring:

    • Picture ID
    • Your student ID number (S number)

    • Basic four-function or scientific calculator, if desired, but a Windows calculator is included online with the test. No graphing calculators are allowed.

    • Pencil

NOTE: YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO TURN IN YOUR CELL PHONE WHILE TESTING.  IT WILL BE RETURNED TO YOU WHEN YOU RECEIVE THE REPORT OF YOUR TEST RESULTS.

You will receive a printout of your test results, including our placement recommendations, when you complete the test. You need to show this printout to your advisor before registering for a math class. This is particularly important in case your test results qualify you to take one of several options of math courses.

It is the policy of AUM to provide students with disabilities appropriate testing accommodations on the Mathematics Placement Test.  Students with disabilities are encouraged to provide a minimum two weeks notification and appropriate documentation to the Center for Disability Services (CDS) for Mathematics Placement testing accommodations.  Students may contact CDS in Taylor Center Room 101 or call CDS at 334-244-3631 prior to or upon enrollment at AUM.

Transfer Credit:

If you have taken a math course at another college, come to the Department of Mathematics and Computer Sciences office, Goodwyn Hall Room 213, to be cleared to take the appropriate AUM Mathematics course. Bring copies of your college transcript showing the math course(s) you have passed. An unofficial transcript is acceptable for this purpose. Also bring a course description of the highest level mathematics course you have taken.