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Math Placement# Math Placement

The suggested engineering curriculum assumes that you are starting at the Calculus
I level. If you start below that level, it will likely take you longer than 4 years
to graduate.

### Math Assessment Test

First-time Freshman will need to take the Math Assessment Test (MAT) prior to orientation
at SPSU. It is important for students to prepare for the MAT. Information regarding
the MAT is found at http://www.spsu.edu/orientation/math.htm

“MAT scores are used to determine a student’s appropriate starting point in SPSU’s
math sequence. Students may only enroll in a math course at SPSU for which all prerequisites
have been met or into which the MAT places them. Note, however, that MAT scores will
not be used to “take away” course credit previously awarded by SPSU.”

If you feel your MAT score did not place you in the proper MATH course at SPSU, you
may want to consider taking a College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) Exam in College Algebra and/or Precalculus. This is not administered by SPSU.

### Math Transfer Credit

If you transfer in Math credits from another institution, then you do not need to
take the MAT. Instead, register for the next required math course, following the course
prerequisite. **Keep in mind that delay in sending in your latest transcript to SPSU
will likely result in a delay in registering for your MATH course that is dependent
on that prerequisite.

### AP Exams in Mathematics

If you will take or have taken one of the AP Calculus Exams, with a minimum score
of 3, you can receive credit and may be able to skip Calculus I and/or II. See the
MAT website for details. However, in many cases it may be advantageous for you to take Calculus
I even if your AP score placed you in Calculus II.