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Math Pre-Testing Information

  • Translating Your Math Pre-test Placement Score

    Once an incoming student has completed their math pre-test they are presented with a range of classes in which they could be placed. To assist with understanding the results please refer to the charts below. Please understand that each major has different math requirements.

    The following majors and/or colleges do not require pre-calculus or higher courses and can refer to placement chart 1 shown below.

    • College of Education and Communications
    • College of Fine Arts
    • College of Health and Human Services, with the exception of:
      • Nuclear Medicine Technology
      • Respiratory Care
      • Safety, Health & Environmental Applied Sciences
    • College of Humanities and Social Science, with the exception of:
      • Economics
    • Psychology

    Chart 1: Majors not requiring calculus or pre-calculus

    Score Range Course Placement
    0-13 DVST 083
    14-100 Liberal Studies Math as advised by department

    The following majors and/or colleges do require pre-calculus or higher and can refer to placement chart 2 shown below.

    • Public Health-Epidemiology and Bio-Statistics Track
    • Eberly College of Business
    • Economics
    • College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, with the exception of:
      • Psychology

    Chart 2: Majors requiring pre-calculus or higher courses

    Score Range Course Placement
    0-13 DVST 083
    14-29 DVST 093 and Math 100 (During the same semester)
    30-45 Math 100
    46-60 Math 105 or Math 110 as advised by department
    61-75 Math 110 or Math 115 or Math 121 as advised by department
    76-100 Math 125

    Students who have majors associated with chart 2 will re-test at orientation. Please feel free to utilize the tutorials in the Aleks program as a resource to improve your placement score as needed.

  • Who must take math at IUP?

    All IUP students are required to take at least three credits of mathematics as part of their liberal studies. Education majors are required 6 credits for certification. Many departments prescribe which course(s) to take as part of their major curriculum. Other departments do not have a preference and allow students to choose from the approved list of courses. Specific department requirements are in the major descriptions in the undergraduate catalog, and the entire list of approved liberal studies mathematics courses can be found in the “Graduation Requirements” section, on page 41 of the 2016-2017 version.

    Which majors require calculus?

    Quick answer: All majors in Business; all majors in Natural Sciences except Psychology; also Economics majors and the Epidemiology track of the new Public Health. 

    IUP has three different versions of calculus for various majors. They are, in order of difficulty:

    • MATH 115 – for business
    • MATH 121 – for biology, natural sciences & economics
    • MATH 125 – for math, physics, chemistry biochemistry and computer science.

    MATH 115 and 121 have no trigonometry in them. MATH 125 assumes a background in trigonometry.

    Which majors require testing at orientation?

    All business majors; all majors in natural sciences, except psychology; and in Humanities: economics majors. In health and human services: Allied Health (CLSC, NMDT, RESP) and Safety to see if they can take MATH 105. 

    What are the preparatory courses:

    DVST 083 covers basic math skills needed before starting any college level course.

    DVST 093 & MATH 100 covers algebra skills. It is the algebra “brush up” course, similar to Algebra I & II. The addition of 093 gives the student more time with the material in the same semester. These courses are taught using ALEKS, the same company that did the placement test. The courses will be taught in a computer classroom, and are self-paced. If a student finishes early, they can continue to work ahead in pre-calculus material with the potential of skipping pre-calculus and moving directly into calculus.

    MATH 105 ”College Algebra“ is actually pre-calculus for business and natural sciences. It covers a brief algebra review, functions, graphing, exponentials, and logarithms. It prepares students for MATH 115 or 121. Students needing MATH 125 should not take this.

    MATH 110 ”Elementary Functions“ is pre-calc for math and science. It covers functions, graphing, exponentials and logs, and trigonometry. It prepares students for MATH 125.