Fall 2009 Mathematics Placement Advisement Guidelines The advisement guidelines for Mathematics have been updated, please read carefully... SMTH 120A: Students with a placement score of 1-4 may take the course SMTH 120A. This course covers the material from SMTH 120 but includes a mandatory lab that meets 3 additional hours per week for 7 weeks. The lab is designed to help students place into a higher level Math course. Students are required to re-take the placement test upon completing the lab component. SMITH 121A: Students with a placement score of 5-10 may take the course SMTH 121A. These classes meet a total of 6 hours each week (3 hours credit) in order to address preparation issues. The course includes a review of prerequisite material, reduced class sizes, a mandatory attendance requirement, and extra instruction. Refresher Course: The Refresher Course is free for USC Upstate students who wish to improve placement scores and place in a desired entry-level mathematics course. The course carries no credit hours. The next available refresher sessions are scheduled as follows: Section 001 Section 002 Section 003 Section 004 May 11, 2009 - May 15, 2009 May 18, 2009 - May 22, 2009 TBA TBA 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. TBA TBA HC 247 HC 247 HC 247 HC 247 Sign up Contacts: Peggy Williams, 503-5305 OR [email protected] Chris Woodard, Math Tutoring Director 503-5296, [email protected] Who must take the Mathematics Placement Test? All students who wish to enroll in SMTH 102, 120A, 120, 121A, 121, 122, 126, 127 or 141 must satisfy one of the following criteria: The student has successfully completed the high school prerequiThe student has successfully completed, or sites, AND has earned a “satisfactory score” on the Mathematics OR has been awarded transfer credit for, the apPlacement Test. The minimum required scores are listed below. propiate prerequisite college level course(s). If you have this placement score Then the highest SMTH If you have credit for course you can take is this SMTH course Then the highest SMTH course you can take is 1-4 120A 99* 102, 120 5 - 10 102, 120, 121A 120A* 121 11 or higher 121 121/121A 122, 126 14 or higher 126 121/121A (B or better) 122, 126, 127 20 or higher 122, 127 126 127 30 or higher 141 127 141 *Note: SMTH 99 is no longer offered. Credits for 120A and 121A count as credits for 120 and 121 respectively. Students do not generally take both SMTH 121 and SMTH 126. Advisement for students without acceptable college-level prerequisites Students without appropriate college-level prerequisites must take the placement test. Please sign up with Greg Dailey in Admissions, [email protected], 503-5281. General Overview of the Mathematics Placement Test The mathematics placement test consists of five separate parts, each related to progressively more advanced material. The table below lists the five parts of the placement test, and the online scores required to continue. Test Part I Brief Description Arithmetic & Elementary Algebra Points Required to Continue to Points Available Next Part Total Points Possible 12 6 12 Part II Introductory Algebra 4 9 16 Part III Intermediate Algebra 6 15 22 Part IV Advanced Algebra 8 22 30 Part V Advanced Algebra & Trigonometry 10 40 To take the online version, you will need access to a computer connected to the Internet with a recent browser (this should be available at your school or at any public library). You will need a pencil and paper on which to work as the test progresses. Allow an undisturbed 150 minutes to complete all parts of the test in one session. For the online version, each portion is graded upon completion, and you must obtain a sufficient score on each portion before being allowed to begin the next portion. If you do not make a sufficient score, the test is complete. If you make a sufficient score, then you may proceed immediately, or take the next portion at a later time. You will be allowed two opportunities to take the online version. If you are not satisfied with your first test score you may retake the test - but you must wait at least 24 hours. In addition, if you believe that you are not fairly evaluated, or you are uncomfortable with this method of testing, then you can request to take a written placement test before your USC Upstate orientation. Students taking the written version are allowed 150 minutes to complete the test. Whether you take the written or online version, the test results will be available to you, your advisor, and the placement coordinators at USC Upstate. What does my score mean? Your score on the placement test determines whether you are eligible for the course you wish to take. If your score is satisfactory for the course you wish to take, then you are eligible! Otherwise you will have to take a lower level course, or improve your placement score. In this case, consider taking the Sharpen Your Math Skills refresher course offered free to enrolled students. Questions about the Mathematics Placement Test? If you have questions, please contact Dr. Jerome Lewis, Chair of the Division of Mathematics and Computer Science (MCS). He can be reached at 864-503-5291 or by e-mail, [email protected] Office house for MCS are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.