Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Math Placement Test

Do I need to take the math placement test?

The math placement test is a tool to demonstrate which UNCW math course you are ready for. Depending on your intended major, you may need a math course that has a prerequisite requirement.

Find below the math course your major requires. If you're not sure which math course series is needed for your major, please consult with your advisor.

  • No Prerequisite or Placement Test Required
    • MAT 101 (Quantitative Reasoning)
    • MAT 141 and/or MAT 142 (Math for Education Majors)
    • MAT 150 (Basic Precalculus)
    • MAT 160 (Precalculus: Algebra and Trigonometry)
  • Required Prerequisite - Passing grade in MAT 105 or equivalent course, ACT Math Score of 22 or higher, or Math Placement Test score of 2 or higher
    • STT 210 (Statistics in the Health Sciences)
    • STT 215 (Statistics)
  • Required Prerequisite - Passing grade in MAT 105 or equivalent course, ACT Math Score of 22 or higher, or Math Placement Test score of 3 or higher
    • MAT 111 (College Algebra)
  • Required Prerequisite - Passing grade in MAT 150 or equivalent course, ACT Math score of 27 or higher, AP Calculus AB or BC Exam score of 2 or higher, or Math Placement Test score of 4 or higher
    • MAT 151 (Basic Calculus)
    • MAT 112 (Trigonometry)
  • Required Prerequisite - Passing grade in MAT 160 or equivalent course, ACT Math Score of 29 or higher, AP Calculus AB or BC Exam score of 2 or higher, or Math Placement Test score of 5
    • MAT 161 (Calculus with Analytical Geometry)

When can I take the math placement test?

The next time that the math placement test will be offered will be before Summer and Fall 2023 registrations begin. Please continue to check this site for updates.

If you need to take the math placement test:

  • Please report to Osprey/Sartarelli Hall on your selected testing day.
  • Please be on time or you will not be allowed to take the test. Bring your UNCW ID.
  • It will take approximately 1.5 to 2 hours to complete the test.
  • You may only take the placement test once.

If you have additional questions regarding the Math Placement Test, call 910-962-3217 or 910-962-3290.

Who does not need to take the UNCW math placement test?

  • Students who need to take MAT 101, MAT 105, MAT 141, MAT 142, MAT 150, or MAT 160 do not need to take the math placement test.
  • Students who took the ACT Math Test and received a sufficiently high score:
    • Students scoring 22 or higher may take MAT 111, STT 210, or STT 215 without taking the math placement test.
    • Students scoring 27 or higher may take MAT 112 or MAT 151 (but not MAT 152) without taking the math placement test.
    • Students scoring 29 or higher may take the MAT 151/152 sequence or MAT 161 without taking the math placement test.
  • Students who took the AP Calculus Exam and received a sufficiently high score:
    • Students scoring a 2 on the AP Calculus AB or BC Exam may register for MAT 151 or MAT 161 without taking the math placement test.
    • Students scoring a 3 or higher on the AP Calculus AB or BC Exam do not need to take the math placement test.
  • Students who have passed a CLEP, math exam, IB Math (minimum score: 5), or already have college-level credit for the required math courses for their major do not need to take the math placement test.

How will my previous college math courses or test results transfer to UNCW?

  • If you previously took math courses at other community colleges, colleges, or universities, you can find out how those college math courses transfer to UNCW by checking the Transfer Articulation
  • If you have a score of 3 or higher on the AP Calculus AB Exam, you will get course credit for MAT 161 and may take MAT 162.
  • If you have a score of 3 or higher on the AP Calculus BC Exam, you will get course credit for MAT 161 and MAT 162 and may take MAT 261.
  • If you have a score of 3 or higher on the AP Statistics Exam, you will get course credit for STT 215.
  • Review the UNCW policies on Credit by Examination for more information on tests to receive credit (CLEP, AP, IB, etc.).

How can I prepare for the math placement test?

Print the Algebra and/or Trigonometry review problems. Work the problems and check your answers. The problems you miss will indicate concepts you should spend more time reviewing.

Where can I see my math placement test score?

  1. Log into SeaNet Secure Login for Faculty, Staff, and Students.
  2. Click the "Student Services & Financial Aid" tab.
  3. Click Student Records.
  4. Click Student Information.
  5. Click Submit on the current term.
  6. Scroll to the bottom until you see Test Score Information.

What does my math placement test score mean?

For UNCW Math Placement Tests taken after March 1, 2019, the following placement code information is applicable:

  • Accumath Composite Score = 1: You are eligible to take MAT 101, MAT 105, the MAT 105 Readiness Program, MAT 141, MAT 142, MAT 150, or MAT 160 as needed for your degree program.
  • Accumath Composite Score = 2: You are eligible to take STT 210, STT 215, or any course listed for Accumath Composite Score 1 as needed for your degree program.
  • Accumath Composite Score = 3: You are eligible to take MAT 111 or any course listed for Accumath Composite Score 1 or 2 as needed for your degree program.
  • Accumath Composite Score = 4: You are eligible to take MAT 112, MAT 151, or any course listed for Accumath Composite Score 1, 2, or 3 as needed for your degree program.
  • Accumath Composite Score = 5: You are eligible to take MAT 161 or any course listed for Accumath Composite Score 1, 2, 3, or 4 as needed for your degree program.

If you took a UNCW Math Placement Test prior to March 1, 2019, please email MathStats@uncw.edu so that we can review your student record and make recommendations for math placement.

Do I have to take the math course that I place into?

No, your advisor will consider your placement and your intended major to help you decide which math course you should take. The registration system will allow you to take a lower level math course to fulfill the requirements for your intended major. It is in your best interest that you do your best on the placement test to broaden your course options.