Department of Mathematics and Philosophy

Mathematics Placement Using Test Score + High School Coursework

Incoming freshmen who have take the ACT or SAT test can have their mathematics placement improved, based on their math test score and their high school coursework. 

Incoming freshmen will complete the Information for Math Placement Form as part of the Registration 101 course. On this form students report the math courses they took in their junior and senior years of high school and their ACT/SAT math score, if they have one.

How to determine placement:

The Department of Mathematics and Philosophy will use the information from the student's Information for Math Placement Form to place the student into one of 6 math placement categories (listed at the bottom of this page). The department uses the following process:

  1. Find the letter that best describes the highest math course you took in high school from Part I.
  2. Locate and mark the column under that letter on the placement grid in Part II. 
  3. Use your math ACT or SAT score to mark the appropriate row on the placement grid.  Follow the row with that score in it across until it intersects with the column you marked in step #2.
  4. Circle that box and refer to Part III to discover your math placement.
  5. Refer to our website if you have questions after your placement has been determined  http://www.wiu.edu/math/
Part I. Highest Level HS Course Completed (grade C or higher unless otherwise noted)
  • A - Algebra I and/or geometry or less
  • B - Advanced algebra, with non pre-calculus course senior year or no senior math course.
  • C - Pre-calculus junior year or before (no senior math course)
  • D - Pre-calculus senior year
  • E - Non-Advanced Placement (AP) calculus with a grade of C.
  • F - AP calculus with a grade of C or non AP calculus with a B or better
  • G - AP calculus with a grade of B or higher
Part II.  Placement Grid 
Highest level high school course completed
Math ACT | SAT A B C D E F G
0-16 | 0-450 1 1 1 2 2 2 2
17-20 | 460-520 1 1 1 2 3 3 3
21-23 | 530-560 2 2 3 4 5 5 5
24-25 | 570-600 2 2 3 5 5 5 5
26-27 | 610-650 3 3 4 5 5 5 6
28-36 | 660-800 3 3 5 5 5 6 6

Part III. Math Placement Categories (levels)
  1. Math 100 = Prerequisite for General Education
    Math 110* = Prerequisite for General Education, PreCalculus, and Technical Math
  2. Math 100, 101, 102, 110, 123, Stat 171

  3. Math 100, 101, 102, 110, 113, 123, 128, Stat 171

  4. Math 100, 101, 102, 110, 113, 123, 128, 129, 137, 260, Stat 171

  5. Math 100, 101, 102, 110, 113, 123, 128, 129, 133, 137, 260, Stat 171

  6. Math 100, 101, 102, 110, 113, 123, 128, 129, 133, 134, 137, 260, Stat 171

*For fall 2021, beginning math courses are changing. Math 110 is a new course, which replaces Math 099. Students placed in Math 099, should take Math 110. Additional information on course changes can be found here.