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Mathematics Placement Tests

The information below has been updated according to the Chapman University policy for the academic year 2021-2022.

The purpose of the Mathematics Placement Tests is to make sure that incoming first year and transfer students are prepared to take a GE Quantitative Inquiry course at Chapman University and meet the Introductory Mathematics Requirement as outlined in the. Undergraduate Degree Requirements section in the current Undergraduate Catalog.

Chapman University offers two online tests:

  • The Algebra Test to place into either MATH 100: Learning and Studying Mathematics for Understanding I, or directly into a GE Quantitative Inquiry course with MATH 100 as a prerequisite.
  • The Calculus Readiness Test to place into either MATH 101: Learning and Studying Mathematics for Understanding II, or directly into a course with MATH 101 as a prerequisite.

Chapman University’s Mathematics faculty advisors (email mathadvising@chapman.edu) will consider your previous mathematics courses in helping you choose the right course.

If a student has already attended but did not pass a MATH 100 or MATH 101 course at Chapman University, they are not permitted to take these Placement Tests to pass the course.

Placement Determination and Regulations

Beginning with the class entering in spring 2021, Chapman University adopted a test-optional admission policy. This means that most applicants can choose if they want their SAT or ACT scores reviewed with their application.

  • For students who chose to report their SAT, ACT and/or Advanced Placement Calculus AB exam/test score(s), Mathematics Placement and Placement Testing are determined as follows:
  • Students who score the following meet the Introductory Mathematics Requirement (meaning that neither the Algebra Test nor the Calculus Readiness Test are required) and may enroll directly into any GE Quantitative Inquiry course that lists "MATH 100 or equivalent" or "MATH 101 or equivalent" as a prerequisite.
    • At least a 660 (or at least 640 for tests taken prior to March 2016) on the Quantitative portion of the SAT, or
    • At least a 28 on the Mathematics portion of the ACT, or
    • At least a 3 on the Advanced Placement Calculus AB exam
  • Students who score the following meet the Introductory Mathematics Requirement (meaning that no Algebra Test is required) and may enroll in any GE Quantitative Inquiry course that lists "MATH 100 or equivalent" as a prerequisite. Students within this score range who wish to take any course with MATH 101 as a prerequisite are encouraged to take the Calculus Readiness Test to determine if MATH 101 can be waived.
    • At least a 570 (or at least a 540 for tests taken prior to March 2016) on the Quantitative portion of the SAT, or
    • At least a 23 on the Mathematics portion of the ACT
  • Students who score below a 570 (or below a 540 for tests taken prior to March 2016) on the Quantitative portion of the SAT, or below a 23 on the Mathematics portion of the ACT do not satisfy the Introductory Mathematics Requirement, and are required to complete one of the following three options:
    • contact a Math Faculty Advisor at mathadvising@chapman.edu in order to determine proper Math placement, or
    • take Chapman’s Algebra Test, or
    • enroll into a MATH 100 course and its corresponding MATH LAB component section in their first semester.

If a student does not complete one of these options by the deadline provided in their introductory advising letter (sent mid-May), then a Mathematics Placement hold will be applied to their student account and they cannot register for classes until action is taken.

  • For students who did not take the SAT and/or the ACT test(s), or who chose not to report their score(s), Mathematics Placement and Placement Testing are determined as follows:
  • If the Introductory Mathematics Requirement is not met, then students are required to complete one of the following three options:
    • contact a Math Faculty Advisor at mathadvising@chapman.edu in order to determine proper Math placement, or
    • take Chapman’s Algebra Test, or
  • enroll into a MATH 100 course and its corresponding MATH lab component section in the first semester of enrollment.

If a student does not complete one of these options by the deadline provided in their introductory advising letter (sent mid-May), then a Mathematics Placement hold will be applied to their student account and they cannot register for classes until action is taken.

  • If the Introductory Mathematics Requirement is met, and if the student has successfully completed (with a grade of B or higher) a high school level math class of Precalculus, Integrated Math III, Calculus, or equivalent, and they plan to enroll into a Calculus-based class in the future (usually required for their major), then they should:
    • contact a Math Faculty Advisor at mathadvising@chapman.edu in order to determine proper Math placement, or
    • take the Chapman’s Calculus Readiness Test, or
    • enroll into a MATH 101 course and its corresponding MATH LAB component section in the first semester.
  • Students who do not meet the Introductory Mathematics Requirement and do not make progress in completing the mathematics requirement by the end of their first semester of attendance may be subject to credit limitation at the discretion of the Undergraduate Academic Council which oversees student progress for this requirement.

General Notes

Students who score fewer than 20 points on the Algebra Test are placed into MATH 100 and MATH 100L and are required to enroll in the course in their first semester.

Students who receive a satisfactory transfer grade for a transferable college-level math course prior to matriculating at Chapman will be waived from MATH 100 and their Introductory Mathematics Requirement is met. The waiver will not be applied to the student's account until the final transcript is both received and processed by Chapman University. Students with pending transfer courses in Math are encouraged to contact a Mathematics faculty advisor at mathadvising@chapman.edu to expedite the student's class registration process. Students may be required to take the Algebra test to register on time if their transcripts are not processed prior to registrartion.

For any questions about math placement after taking the test, students should contact a Mathematics faculty advisor at mathadvising@chapman.edu. If a student believes that they should be placed directly in a higher-level Mathematics course, they must provide a brief description of their mathematics background when emailing.

Instructions on how to access the math placement exams are below. Students should review each of the areas below before taking the exam.

Students should not begin the test until ready to take it. Once the exam is started it must be completed at that time. The exams may not be paused or retaken.


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