» Mathematics Placement Tests

The information below has been updated according to the Chapman University policy for the academic year 2020-2021.

The purpose of the Mathematics Placement Tests is to make sure that incoming first years and transfer students are prepared to take a GE Quantitative Inquiry course at Chapman University and meet the Math Pathways: Introductory Mathematics Requirement as outlined in the Course Catalog. 

We offer 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.

Our Mathematics advisors will consider your previous mathematics courses in helping you choose the right course.

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

Placement Determination

Mathematics Placement and Placement Testing are determined as follows:

  1. Students who score the following meet the Introductory Mathematics Requirement (neither the Algebra Test not the Calculus Readiness Test are required) and may enroll directly in any GE Quantitative Inquiry course that lists "MATH 100 or equivalent" or "MATH 101 or equivalent" as a prerequisite.
  • At least 660 (or at least 640 for tests taken prior to March 2016) on the Quantitative portion of the SAT, or
  • At least 28 on the Mathematics portion of the ACT, or
  • A 3 on the Advanced Placement Calculus AB exam
  1. Students who score the following meet the Introductory Mathematics Requirement (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 570 (or at least 540 for tests taken prior to March 2016) on the Quantitative portion of the SAT, or
  • At least 23 on the Mathematics portion of the ACT
  1. Students who score the following are required to take the Algebra Test.
  • 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

General Notes

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

Students who receive a satisfactory transfer grade on a transferable college-level math course prior to matriculating at Chapman will be waived from MATH 100. The waiver will not be applied to the student's account until the final transcript is both received and processed. Students with pending transfer courses in Math are encouraged to take the Algebra Test to expedite the student's class registration process. If you want to register on time and your transfer credit has not yet been processed, you are then required to take the Algebra Test.

For any questions about your placement after taking the test, please contact mathadvising@chapman.edu. If you believe you should be placed directly in a higher level Mathematics course, please provide a brief description of your mathematics background. 

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

Do not begin the test until you are ready to take it. Once you begin the exam, that is your only chance. You are not able to retake the exam.


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