The primary goal of mathematics placement is to guide students towards courses that enhance their success in post-secondary mathematics. The process is by no means infallible. Students may be placed into courses in which they may not succeed due to their mathematical background, attitude towards mathematics and extracurricular activities. Other students may be placed below their capabilities. Throughout the placement process, the student should reflect on their personal background and assess which courses they are capable of pursuing.

Please read below for answers to frequently asked questions about placement. For additional information on mathematics placement, please see the Academic Catalog.

**Who will need mathematics placement?**

Primarily two groups of students entering a SD Regental University will be affected by the placement process:
Those students who have not met the general education requirement for mathematics (typically College Algebra); or
Those students who wish to enroll in Calculus and wish to challenge the pre-requisite course work (students who bring a strong mathematical history from high school).

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What are the instruments used for placement?**

A student will be placed via the ACT math sub-score (if the score is less then 5 years old from initial enrollment date), or via the COMPASS exam, which is administered at BHSU. The COMPASS exam is administered on a computer and takes approximately 20 minutes. Students who need to take the COMPASS exam should contact BHSU.

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What are the ACT math sub-score cut-offs?**

0 - 19 Pre-College Algebra

20 - 24 College Algebra

25 & up Placement into Trig and/or Calculus via COMPASS

**Who should take the COMPASS?**

Primarily three groups of students will need to take the COMPASS:

Those students who do not have an ACT subscore which is less than five years old from date of enrollment; or
Those students who have some additional exposure to algebra and pre-calculus topics and who believe their ACT score does not reflect their knowledge of the subject may challenge their placement via ACT by taking the COMPASS; or those students with an ACT score of 25 or higher.

**Where do I take the COMPASS?**

At Black Hills State University the COMPASS has been administered through the Office of Academic Support. Please contact the Office of Academic Support at 1(605) 642-6259 to make an appointment. For more information or questions, please e-mail Daluss.Siewert@bhsu.edu. If you are challenging your placement, you may be requested to provide additional information in regard to your mathematical background.

All course descriptions linked to below come from the BHSU 2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog. For helpful information and suggestions for selecting courses, please visit the Advising Help page.

**Pre-General Education Courses**

*For information on university policies concerning completion of these courses, **see the Academic Catalog**.*

**General Education Classes**

*Any of these courses may be used to satisfy the general education mathematics requirement. **To see a schedule of when the calculus and statistics classes below will be offered, please see the Mathematics and Mathematics Education Course Rotations document.*

- MATH 102 - College Algebra
- MATH 103 - Quantitative Literacy
- MATH 115 - Precalculus
- MATH 120 - Trigonometry
- MATH 123 - Calculus I
- MATH 125 - Calculus II
- MATH 225 - Calculus III
- MATH 281 - Introduction to Statistics

**Other Mathematics Classes**

*To see a schedule of when the classes below (except for Math 341/342) will be offered, please see the Mathematics and Mathematics Education Course Rotations document.*

- MATH 221 - Intro: Discrete Mathematics
- MATH 315 - Linear Algebra
- MATH 316 - Discrete Mathematics
- MATH 321 - Differential Equations
- MATH 341 - Math Concepts for Teachers I
- MATH 342 - Math Concepts for Teachers II
- MATH 361 - Modern Geometry
- MATH 411 - Theory of Numbers
- MATH 413 - Abstract Algebra I
- MATH 414 - Abstract Algebra II
- MATH 425 - Real Analysis I
- MATH 426 - Real Analysis II
- MATH 481 - Probability and Statistics
- MATH 487 - Design of Experiments

A schedule of which mathematics courses (numbered 123 or higher) are offered every semester, as well as recommended schedules for completion for mathematics and mathematics education majors.

**Help for planning introductory mathematics classes**

- Academic catalog entry on completion timeline for pre-general education (MATH 021 and 101) courses

A description of completion requirements for students placed in MATH 021 or 101, as well as information on placement. - Block System for Basic and Intermediate Algebra

A description of the block system used in Basic and Intermediate Algebra (MATH 021 and 101) courses. - Information on MATH 102 and 103

A comparison of College Algebra and Quantitative Literacy, courses used by most students to fulfill their mathematics general education requirement. - Information for Scheduling Introductory Mathematics Classes

A guide detailing when and in which formats 100- and 200-level classes mathematics courses are offered, along with suggestions for math majors of when these classes should be taken.

**Help for planning later mathematics classes**

- Long-term course rotation and suggested schedule

Not every mathematics course is offered every semester. In order to help you complete your coursework without delays, this document lists the offered courses by semester and contains a schedule for when courses should be completed by mathematics and mathematics education majors.

The following pages provide information on useful resources for mathematics students at BHSU. Click on a link to learn more.

- Math Assistance Center

Located in Jonas 154, the Math Assistance Center is available to help math students in courses at all levels. Visit the MAC's webpage for current hours and other information. - CAAP/Rising Juniors Exam mathematics review information

As explained in the academic catalog, all schools in the South Dakota Regental System require students to complete the Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP) exam at or near the end of their second year of college. The Math Assistance Center and Mathematics Program provide students with review materials and occasional review sessions for the mathematics portion of the exam. **Student assistance programs on campus**

Student Support Services can provide math help for eligible students, and the Center for Academic Success provides general academic support for all students. Visit their webpages for more information.- MyMathLab

The online course content system used in several BHSU math courses.