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Mathematics Proficiency

Mathematics Proficiency

At the University of Mount Union, a proficiency in mathematics is required to graduate. The proficiency requirement is designed to help to ensure that you are an educated consumer of information. The goal is for you to be able to understand, to interpret, and to make conclusions based on quantitative data that might be presented through the media or that might be needed for your career and life success.

In order to be deemed proficient in mathematics, a student will have a demonstrated aptitude in the general areas of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and data analysis. A student must have developed the mathematical skills and concepts needed to reason quantitatively and to solve problems analytically. You will be able to read newspapers, magazines, and other literature geared to the general public with a full understanding of graphs, data interpretation, percents, ratios, and the like. These areas coincide with the areas of emphasis in the quantitative reasoning measure established by the Educational Testing Standards for the Graduate Record Exam.

 

Mathematics Placement

All incoming students will be assigned a math placement level determined by their ACT math or SAT math scores. The math placement process will place the student into one of four levels: A, B, C, or D. Students who have no ACT math or SAT math scores will take a math placement test.

The table below provides math placement level based on ACT math or SAT math scores:

Placement Level

PlaceU Score on Calculus Readiness Test

PlaceU Score on Precalculus Readiness Test ACT Math Old SAT Math Section New SAT math Section Old Accuplacer New Accuplacer
0-12 0-13 19 and lower 470 and lower 510 and lower
13-15 14-15 20-22 480-530 520-560
16-21 16-32 23-26 540-600 570-620 57+ Elementary Alegbra
30 + College Math
250+ QAS
250+ AAF
D 22-23 Cannot place in Level D 27 and higher 610 and higher 630 and higher

**NOTE: This chart represents math placement criteria for students entering the University of Mount Union beginning in Fall 2022.

The math placement process will place the student into one of four levels. The following course sequences will be required to meet the mathematics proficiency component of general education for levels A, B, and C. Students placed into Level D will already have met the mathematics proficiency requirement.

Math Placement Levels

  1. Level A Students

    Must complete MTH 119 (Quantitative Literacy); OR MTH 100 (Intermediate Algebra) and then one of the following:

    • MTH 105 (College Algebra) and then MTH 140 (Precalculus), or
    • MTH 105 (College Algebra) and then MTH 123 (Elementary Statistics), or
    • MTH 105 (College Algebra) and then MTH 125 (Elementary Discrete Math)
  2. Level B Students

    Must complete one of the following options:

    • MTH 119 (Quantitative Literacy), or
    • MTH 105 (College Algebra) and then MTH 140 (Precalculus), or
    • MTH 105 (College Algebra) and then MTH 123 (Elementary Statistics), or
    • MTH 105 (College Algebra) and MTH 125 (Elementary Discrete Math)
  3. Level C Students

    Must complete any one of the following options:

    • MTH 119 (Quantitative Literacy), or
    • MTH 123 (Elementary Statistics), or
    • MTH 125 (Elementary Discrete Math), or
    • MTH 140 (Precalculus)
  4. Level D Students

    Mathematics Proficiency Requirement completed. If further mathematics courses are required or desired, any of the following courses may be taken:

    • MTH 123 (Elementary Statistics)
    • MTH 125 (Elementary Discrete Math)
    • MTH 140 (Precalculus)
    • MTH 141 (Calculus I)