The College of Arts and Sciences offers students a traditional liberal education to meet the needs of the 21st century, allowing them to compete for a variety of careers in an increasingly complex and evolving world.

The general policy concerning the use of calculators in Mathematics courses at AUM is one of moderate conservatism. Calculators should be used to enhance conceptual understanding by minimizing tedious calculations but are in no way a substitute for proficiency in algebraic manipulations.

In accordance with this policy, we have agreed on the following calculator requirements for the various courses taught:

In MATH 0700 (Elementary Algebra) no calculators are allowed on any test.

In MATH 0800 (Intermediate Algebra) use of calculators on tests is left to the discretion of the instructor, but no calculators will be admitted on the final exam.

In MATH 1100 (Finite Mathematics) the use of a graphing calculator may or may not be allowed, depending on your instructor; a scientific calculator is required.

In MATH 1120 (Precalculus Algebra), MATH 1550 (Trigonometry) and MATH 1150

(Precalculus Algebra and Trigonometry) having a graphing calculator may give you a slight edge, and is to be recommended
if you need (or want) to take MATH 1510 (Survey of Calculus) or MATH 1610 (Calculus I). The precalculus text introduces
the use of this technology step by step and will make it so much easier for you to master some of its additional capabilities
in Calculus.

Please consult your instructor for their calculator policy.

We recommend the TI-84 (TI-83 or TI-82). The TI-86 is also quite compatible. Whatever calculator you decide to use, make sure you have an owner’s manual. Graphing calculators featuring a CAS (e.g. TI-89 or the TI-92) are not allowed.

Although most students just leaving high school are familiar with the use of this technology, there are always some returning students or international students who have never been exposed to it. Don’t feel discouraged. There is a wide variety of tutorials and freestanding texts available.

Effective immediately: Mathematics placement is based solely on a student's ACT or SAT mathematics sub score and credit for
certain college level mathematics courses. ACT and SAT scores will be accepted regardless of their age. The Math Placement
Test (MPT) will ONLY be administered to students that do not have an ACT or SAT test score.

At least one of the prerequisite columns in the following table must be fulfilled in order to register for the
course.

Course | ACT/SAT Minimum Score Prerequisite | Minimum Math Placement Test Score Prerequisite | Minimum Course Credit Prerequisite |
---|---|---|---|

MATH 0700/0701 Elementary Algebra | None | None | None |

MATH 0800/0801 Intermediate Algebra | ACT Math: 18 OR SAT Math: 440 | At least Level 2 | C# in MATH 0700 |

MATH 1050 College Algebra | ACT Math: 20 OR SAT Math: 480 | At least level 4 | C# in MATH 0800 |

MATH 1100 Finite Mathematics | ACT Math: 20 OR SAT Math: 480 | At least Level 4 | C# in MATH 0800 OR C in MATH 1050 |

MATH 1120 Precalculus Algebra | ACT Math: 22 OR SAT Math: 520 | At least Level 5 | B# in MATH 0800 OR C in MATH 1050 |

MATH 1550 Trigonometry | ACT Math: 23 OR SAT Math: 540 | At least Level 5 | C in MATH 1050 OR D in MATH 1120 |

MATH 1150 Precalculus Algebra with Trig | ACT Math: 23 OR SAT Math: 540 | At least Level 5 | B# in MATH 0800 OR C in MATH 1050 OR D in MATH 1120 |

MATH 1510 Survey of Calculus | ACT Math: 25 OR SAT Math:580 | At least Level 6 | D in MATH 1120 OR D in MATH 1150 |

MATH 1610 Calculus I | ACT Math: 26 OR SAT Math: 600 | At least Level 7 | D in MATH 1150 OR (D in MATH 1120 AND D in MATH 1550) |

MATH 2670 Elementary Statistics | N/A | N/A | D in MATH 1100 OR D in MATH 1150 OR D in MATH 1510 OR D in MATH 1610 |

- Do I need to take the Math Placement Test (MPT)?
- Only students without both an ACT and SAT score need to take the MPT. If a student already has an ACT or SAT score then they will not be allowed to take the MPT.

- Can I challenge my ACT or SAT score by taking the Math Placement Test (MPT)?
- No challenges are allowed. If a student already has an ACT or SAT score then they will not be allowed to take the MPT.

- Can I retake the ACT or SAT to improve my mathematics placement?
- Yes. If a student decides to retake either the ACT or SAT then these new scores should be submitted to the Registrar’s Office to be included in the student’s record. In the meantime, a request for permission to register for a math course based on the new ACT or SAT math sub score can be made by sending an email to the Director of Mathematical Studies, Dr. Jerome Goddard II (jgoddard@aum.edu), with the following information:
- Student's full name;
- AUM Student S# (student id number);
- The name of the desired AUM course and semester of enrollment for that course;
- A scan (preferably in PDF format) of the test results showing the student’s name, test date, and results.

- NEW, effective immediately: Can credit from remedial-level math courses count as a prerequisite or transfer to AUM?
- Maybe. Previous to Summer 2017, the department did not accept transfer credit for remedial-level math courses. However, this policy has changed and effective immediately the department will allow courses that can be determined as equivalent to either MATH 0700 or MATH 0800 to be used as prerequisites for any AUM math course.
- If you transferred to AUM on/after Summer 2017 then the Admissions Office has probably already coordinated with the Registrar’s Office to ensure that all transfer math credit (including remedial-level math) is articulated. The transfer course work will appear on the student’s transcript when articulation has been completed.
- If you transferred to AUM before Summer 2017 then there is a good chance that remedial-level math courses were not articulated. If you have unarticulated math coursework at the remedial-level then you are welcome to make a request to the Registrar’s Office for the coursework to be reevaluated. A student’s academic advisor should be able to provide assistance in making such a request.

- Can math courses taken at another accredited college or university satisfy the prerequisites for an AUM math course even if the course is not listed on my AUM transcript?
- Maybe. For students who have taken an AUM equivalent math course but said course is not listed on their AUM transcript, simply send an email to the Director of Mathematical Studies, Dr. Jerome Goddard II (jgoddard@aum.edu), with the following information:
- Student's full name;
- AUM Student S# (student id number);
- The name of the desired AUM course and semester of enrollment for that course;
- A description of the course from the college or university in question.

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General information:

- Students are not allowed to:
- take the Math Placement Test (MPT) more than once;
- take the test if they already have an ACT, SAT, or MPT score on record.

- The MPT is free.
- There is no time limit, but students who have not completed the test in one hour may be asked to return at a later date to complete the test.

- Log on to MyAum and click AdvisorTrac from the menu on the left of the main page.
- On the left side of the AdvisorTrac page, click Search under the Appointments section of the page.
- Enter your student ID number (S#) into the Student field.
- In the Center selection menu, choose Math Testing (please do not change the location or time slider)
- Enter the desired date range for testing appointments and click Search.
- All available time slots for the date range will be highlighted in yellow. Simply click the time that best fits your schedule.
- Click Save and you should receive a confirmation email within a few minutes.

- STUDENT ID (S NUMBER)
- PHOTO ID
- A scientific calculator, if desired (The test includes a Windows calculator). No graphing calculators are allowed.
- Pencil

How to prepare for the exam:

- Review the following list of topics for the MPT: Placement Test Topics

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