Mathematics Placement

Mathematics Placement

For students who do not have prior college credit in mathematics courses, initial placement is determined by Math ACT or SAT score. See tables below.

Students who have taken an AP exam should consult
http://admissions.ku.edu/apply/transfercredits/usstudents/exams for the credit awarded.
Students with credit in MATH 115 may enroll in MATH 116, 125 or 365 (see note below concerning trigonometry); students with credit in MATH 125 may enroll in MATH 126 or 365.

If you believe that you should start in a more advanced mathematics course, you can take the Mathematics Department Placement Exam. Depending on the results of the exam, you could be eligible to enroll in MATH 101 or MATH 104; MATH 105, MATH 115, or MATH 365; or MATH 125. If the exam places you in a course lower than the ACT placement, you may still enroll in the course determined by your ACT score.

You must register on-line to take the Placement Exam. Space is limited, so you are encouraged to register early, and no later than the day before the exam. The Placement Exam is administered in the Math Department computer lab, 159 Snow Hall. You have 55 minutes to complete the exam. No calculators or other aids are allowed on the exam.

You will get the results of the exam by email on the same day. You will be told which course or courses you are eligible to enroll in.

For the dates of the Mathematics Placement Exam and registration, go to the placement exam dates page.



Table 1 is for placement in KU Mathematics Courses based on Math ACT scores or on Math SAT scores if the SAT was taken March 2016 or later. See Table 2 if you took the SAT before March 2016.


Table 1. Placement in Mathematics Courses. SAT scores March 2016 or later.
Test Score Eligible to Enroll in Mathematics Courses
ACT: 28 - 36
SAT: 660 - 800
MATH 101, 104, 105, 115, 125*, 365
ACT: 26 - 27
SAT: 620 - 650
MATH 101, 104, 105, 115, 365
ACT: 22 - 25
SAT: 570 - 610
MATH 002, 101, 104
ACT: 16 - 21
SAT: 460 - 560
MATH 002
ACT: 0 - 15
SAT: 200 - 450
see note below

Table 2. Placement in Mathematics Courses. SAT scores earlier than March 2016.
Test Score Eligible to Enroll in Mathematics Courses
ACT: 28 - 36
SAT: 640 - 800
MATH 101, 104, 105, 115, 125*, 365
ACT: 26 - 27
SAT: 600 - 630
MATH 101, 104, 105, 115, 365
ACT: 22 - 25
SAT: 540 - 590
MATH 002, 101, 104
ACT: 16 - 21
SAT: 420 - 530
MATH 002
ACT: 0 - 15
SAT: 200 - 410
see note below

For information on the courses, see Mathematics Course Descriptions.

Notes.
  • MATH 125 (and 116): A course in trigonometry (perhaps as part of a precalculus course) is required for entry to MATH 116 and 125. KU offers MATH 103 for students without a previous course in trigonometry.
  • Honors Courses: Students with the appropriate course background and a Math ACT score of 34 or higher (or 32, if a member of the University Honors Program) are eligible for the honors calculus courses, MATH 145, 146, and 147. (Corresponding Math SAT scores are 780 and 760.) Contact the Mathematics Department for permission to enroll.
  • KU does not offer a course below the level of MATH 002. Students with an ACT score of 15 or lower or an SAT score of 410 (old SAT) or 450 (new SAT) or lower may not be adequately prepared for any KU Mathematics course. Students will be permitted to enroll in MATH 002 even if their scores indicate a lack of preparation. However, such students are advised to take preparatory coursework at a community college before enrolling in a KU course.