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Department of Mathematics and Actuarial Science

Department of Mathematics and Actuarial Science

Placement

Placement

The Mathematics Placement Test is used to determine the level at which you should begin taking math classes at IU Northwest. Please see the Majors and Math Requirement chart prior to taking the placement exam since the math course that you need to take depends on your intended major. However, keep in mind that this exam is used to determine your math skills only and the results are used to place you into the appropriate course for your skill level.

STEP (Seminar Towards Effective placement) is a FREE 1.5 hours review of advanced arithmetic. Admitted students in risk group (low SAT or similar) are sent letters informing them that they must attend STEP before taking the Mathematics Placement Exam. To schedule attendance, click on Reservations (preferred) or call 981-5691.

For more information about Math-M 15, click the Math-M 15 link.

Only students who passed or transferred a prerequisite course are exempt from taking the Mathematics Placement Exam. Students will receive an error message if they try to register for a math class that they did not place into on the Placement exam. Mathematics Program Coordinator, Kristie Gilmore, M.P.A. (HH 447, phone 981-5691), assists students who need atypical permissions to register into a math course. Placement testing is conducted through the Office of Admissions. Students must schedule a placement test by making an appointment at http://www.iun.edu/placement/ (preferred) or by calling 219-980-6830. Students arriving more than 10 minutes late will need to reschedule for another time. Testing for the summer and fall term begins March 1 and ends the first week of classes. Testing for the spring term begins October 1 and ends the first week of classes.You do not need to study for it as you might for another type of exam. However, we recommend to click on the following links and print the approrpiate practice test(s): practice test MA102, practice test MA103, practice test MA104, or practice test MA105.

The Math Placement Exam will place the student into one of the following skill levels:

Level      Math Course(s) in which to enroll
MA101
  • student needs to review arithmetic through the course MATH-M 15
MA102
  • student is ready to take IUN course A100 Fundamentals of Algebra (4cr.) that counts as an elective only. It does not satisfy the Campus General Education Mathematical Reasoning requirement.
MA103
  • student is ready to take IUN courses:
    • M100 – Basic mathematics (4cr.)
    • M117 – Intermediate Algebra (3cr.) that counts as an elective only. It does not satisfy the Campus General Education Mathematical Reasoning requirement.
    • T101 – Math for Elementary Teachers I (3cr.)
    • K200 – Statistics for Teachers (3cr.)
MA104
  • student is ready to take IUN courses:
    • M118 – Finite Mathematics (3cr.)
    • M119 – Brief Survey of Calculus I (3cr.), offered in Spring and Summer only
    • M125 – Pre-Calculus Mathematics (3cr.)
    • M126 – Trigonometric Functions (2cr.), offered in Fall and Summer only
MA105
  • student is ready to take IUN course M215 Calculus I (5cr.)

Important!
Your placement test results will show you what math class(es) you are eligible to enroll in. The next step is to visit your advisor who will help you make your schedule and select the specific section/time of your math class.

Students who finished any prerequisite math classes at IU Northwest (or transferred it) will not need to take the placement exam. Students who took any prerequisite math classes at IUN do not need permission to register into a mathematics class.

Math requirements for specific majors are posted  here

For full description of classes, click here!