Course placement

After you complete your Accuplacer placement assessments, you will receive a letter that includes your assessment scores and provides a list of course placements in Mathematics, Reading, and Writing. Before enrolling in any of the courses listed in the letter, it is advisable that you discuss your course placements with your academic advisor to determine how the placements align with your program requirements.

Mathematics Placement Possibilities

  • MATH ABE (Adult Basic Education)
    • Students receive this placement when their Accuplacer Arithmetic test score is below 39 or when their Next Generation Accuplacer Arithmetic test score is below 240.
    • Students can choose to complete an Accuplacer Test Preparation course at the Hubbs Center and retake the Accuplacer math assessment with the objective of placing into MATH 098, PHIL 204 (hyperlink to course catalog), or MATH 110 (hyperlink to course catalog). The Hubbs Center is a state-funded adult learning center not affiliated with Metropolitan State University. The phone number for the Hubbs Center is 651-290-4822.
       
  • MATH 098 ALEKS PREP
    • Students receive this placement when their Accuplacer Arithmetic test score is below 39 or when their Next Generation Accuplacer Arithmetic test score is below 240.
    • Students can choose to complete the MATH 098 Online Preparation course (hyperlink to instructions) using ALEKS. Students successfully completing this online course will receive an override allowing them to register for MATH 098 Introduction to Mathematical Thinking.
  • MATH 110 ALEKS PREP
    • Students receive this placement when their Accuplacer Arithmetic test score is below 50 or when their Next Generation Accuplacer Arithmetic test score is below 250.
    • Students can choose to complete the MATH 110 Online Preparation course (hyperlink to instructions) using ALEKS. Students successfully completing this online course will receive an override allowing them to register for MATH 110 Math for Liberal Arts.
  • Mathematics Course Flow Chart (PDF)
  • Adult Basic Education - Call Hubbs Center (external site) at 651-290-4822. The Center is a state government funded adult learning center; it offers an Accuplacer test preparation course focusing on preparing for the Accuplacer tests. This course is designed for students who completed the Accuplacer tests and placed at the Adult Basic Education level. Its aim is to place students into higher level courses when retaking the tests. Please call 651-290-4822 for specific information.
  • MATH 098 (Introduction to Mathematical Thinking)
  • MATH 110 (Math for Liberal Arts)
  • MATH 115 (College Algebra)
  • MATH 120 (Precalculus)
  • STAT 201 (Statistics I)
  • PHIL 204 (Introduction to Symbolic Logic)
  • MATH 208 (Applied Calculus)
  • MATH 210 (Calculus I)
  • MATH 215 (Discrete Math)

Proper assessment and placement in the mathematics will insure progression through your math course sequence will be effective.  Student assessment results are explained and sequenced.

MATH 098 Introduction to Mathematical Thinking

  • Requires 39 or higher in Elementary Arithmetic Skills.
  • Prerequisite enforcement is turned on.
  • Students with scores below 39 are placed at Adult Basic Education; retesting is the only pathway to enter MATH 98.
  • MATH 110 Online Prep Program is not applicable to prospective students of MATH 98.

MATH 110 Math for Liberal Arts

  • Requires 50 or higher in Elementary Arithmetic Skills
  • Prerequisite enforcement is turned on.

Students with scores below 50 have two pathways into MATH 110:

Earn C- or higher MATH 98 OR
Complete MATH 110 Online Preparation Course using ALEKS. When students successfully complete the program, they will receive an override from the math department to enter MATH 110.

MATH 115 College Algebra and STAT 201 Statistics I

Requires one of the following:

  • Earn C- or higher in MATH 98, OR
  • Earn C- or higher in an Intermediate Algebra course from another institution, OR
  • A Minnesota State system-wide placement score.

Placement decisions based on SAT and ACT scores.

Before Minnesota State Colleges and Universities develops a system-wide standard for higher classes such as precalculus or calculus, requests should be forwarded to the math department for consideration.

 

Reading

  • Reading Course Flow Chart (PDF)
  • Adult Basic Education - Call Hubbs Center (external site) at 651-290-4822.
  • Appropriate developmental courses - If you place at this level and you have not completed any college-level reading and composition courses, you need to take courses at nearby community or technical colleges first. Go to Developmental Courses for reference.
  • RDNG 112 (The Educated Reader Analytical Reading)
  • LING 111 (Vocabulary Study)
  • You may select courses appropriate for your college program.

Writing

If you have further questions, contact your academic advisor or call Placement Assessment at 651-793-1537 or 651-793-1464.