College of Science and Technology

Mathematics Placement Information

All incoming freshmen or transfer students will be initially placed into an appropriate Math course based on their highest SAT or ACT Math. If a student is not satisfied with his/her initial math course placement, s/he can take the Mathematics and Statistics Department developed Algebra (for placement of MATH 101E, 101, 103, 110 and 111) or Precalculus (for placement of MATH 110 and 131) placement tests.

The SAT/ACT or Math & Stats Department Algebra or Precalculus placements are as follows. 

Course Placement Requirements:

If an ACT/SAT test score is not available, math placement testing is mandatory. All students lacking ACT/SAT and failing to register for math placement will automatically be placed into MATH 101E.

Placement Requirements

Placement Type

MATH 101E

MATH 101/103

MATH 110/111

MATH 131

SAT Math

Below 480

480-510

520-570

570 or higher

ACT Math

Below 18

18-20

21-23

24 or higher

Algebra Test

Below 15

15-19

20 or higher

 

Precalculus Test

 

 

13-16

17 or higher

Table 1: Course placement requirements/eligibility for first semester new freshman mathematics courses. Column: Mathematics course desired. Row: Placement requirement based on standardized test or Department of Mathematics and Statistics Placement Exams.   

 

Algebra and Precalculus Placement Tests:


The Algebra Placement Test is intended for incoming freshmen or transferring students whose first required math course is one of the following according to their major curriculum guides:

  • MATH 101-Fundamentals of Algebra & Trigonometry I
  • MATH 103-College Algebra & Trigonometry for Engineers and Scientists I
  • MATH 110-Pre-calculus
  • MATH 111-College Algebra & Trigonometry

and whose SAT Math score or ACT Math score is below the required cut-off score for taking the required math course but wish to be placed into the required math course through this placement test.

Students who do not have a SAT or ACT Math score and whose first required math course in their major degree program curriculum guides is either MATH 101, MATH 103, MATH 110 or MATH 111 are required to take Algebra placement test for an appropriate first math course placement.

The Algebra Placement Test is a multiple-choice test with a total of 35 questions, covering the following seven competency areas in algebra.

  • Numerical and Algebraic Expressions
  • Linear Expressions and Equations
  • Quadratic Expressions and Equations
  • Rational Expressions and Equations
  • Exponential Expressions and Equations
  • Elementary Functions and Inequalities
  • Geometric and Graphical Quantities


The Pre-Calculus Placement Test is intended for incoming freshmen whose first required math course is MATH 131-Calculus I according to their major curriculum guides (mostly Math, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science and Engineering majors) and whose SAT Math score is below 570 or ACT Math score is below 24.

Students who do not have a SAT or ACT Math score and whose first required math course in their major degree program curriculum guides is MATH 131 are required to take Algebra placement test for an appropriate first math course placement.


The Pre-Calculus Placement Test is a multiple-choice test with a total of 30 questions covering the following six competency areas in precalculus.

  • Numerical & Algebraic Expressions, Functions and Inequalities
  • Linear Expressions and Equations
  • Quadratic & Rational Expressions and Equations
  • Exponential & Logarithmic Expressions and Equations
  • Geometric & Graphical Quantities
  • Trigonometry

 

Registration for Taking Online Math Placement Test:

For the Fall incoming freshmen and transfer students, both Algebra and Precalculus placement tests will be offered online via the Blackboard Respondus Lockdown browser. Registration is required at the site: https://ncat.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_d75ljfx1ybiLt9b.  The online placement test will be given during summer new student orientation.

 

For questions or inquires about the NCA&T math placement tests, please email Dr. John Paul Roop, Math Placement Coordinator, at jproop@ncat.edu, or Dr. Guoqing Tang, Math & Statistics Department Chair, at tang@ncat.edu.