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Frequently Asked Questions

The College requires students to take a math placement so we can ensure you are placed in math and science courses that are appropriate both to your level of aptitude, and to your major. For example, Business Administration majors are required to take MAT 180: College Algebra and Science majors are required to begin with MAT 190: Calculus 1. (For more information about mathematics and science requirements for your major, check the Undergraduate Catalog). While scores are used for placement purposes only, some offices on campus may also compile information from test scores for institutional reasons.

The College of Saint Rose Math Placement Test will feature 2 questions from each of the following areas: Substitution, Classification, Fractions, Ratios, Percents, Exponents and Radicals, Word Problems, Polynomials, Linear Equations, Factoring, Rational Expressions, Functions, Exponential Equations, Imaginary Numbers and Trigonometry.

You must bring a photo I.D. Calculators are available on the computers, but you may also bring a non-graphing calculator with you. All other materials including scratch paper and pencils will be provided.

The link below will lead you to several documents that can aid you for preparing for the math placement. During the semester we also have daily review sessions geared towards the math placement, as well as open lab math tutors. If you can’t make it to one of those, please make an appointment with the Assistant Director of the Academic Support Center for a time that works best with you.

If you take the Math Placement online, you are limited to 90 minutes due to proctoring fees.  If you take the Math Placement on site, where there are no proctoring fees, you will have as much time as you need.

There are 30 questions for a total of 58 points.  Each question is weighted between 1 and 4 points depending on the difficulty.

The score that you need depends on the course you are trying to place into. Most majors need only a 14, which qualify for a non major level MAT course that will satisfy the Liberal Education requirement for MAT. Students in the School of Business need a score of 31 to take MAT 180. A score of 31 is also needed for any student wanting to take CHM 190, PHY 190 and BIO 191. Students that are mathematics or science majors that need to take Calculus 1 need a score of 42.

Since the math placement isn’t a test and is not “graded” in the traditional sense, you cannot receive a failing grade. The math placement assesses your areas of mathematical strength and weakness on a variety of levels, and lists the math and science courses you are prepared to take. In some cases, the results for the math placement may read that you need to retake it. To help improve your score, there are several options available to you through the Academic Support Center. Please contact 454-5299 or email for further assistance.