Course placement

Math, Reading and Writing courses are suggested in your test results letter based on your scores. Final decision should be made after consulting your academic advisor.


  • 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 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 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.


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