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Mathematics Placement

Augsburg assigns students a math placement group (MPG1-MPG5) based on a variety of criteria. In order to graduate, all students must achieve MPG3. However, some courses require students to achieve MPG4 as a prerequisite.

 

Do I need to take the math placement test?

The following places students into MPG3 and waives the math placement test, if completed within the past five years

  • Earned a C- or better in college algebra or above;
  • Transferred in college algebra or a higher-level math course on the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exam with an appropriate score
  • Received a 24 or higher on their ACT math subscore; or
  • Received a 22 or 23 on the ACT math subscore AND successfully completed high school trigonometry, pre-calculus, or calculus. 

Students who do not meet at least one benchmark above must complete the math placement test. 

 

Students planning to major in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, or Mathematics Secondary Education must achieve MPG4 as a prerequisite for many of their courses. Students who need MPG4 and do not meet one of the benchmarks below must complete the math placement test to achieve MPG4.

  • Received a 26 or higher on their ACT math subscore AND successfully completed high school trigonometry, pre-calculus, or calculus;
  • Received a C- or better in a college level pre-calculus course; or
  • Transferred in calculus on the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) exam with an appropriate score.

 

Which sections do I need to complete?

To achieve MPG3, students must complete the prealgebra and algebra sections. To achieve MPG4, students must complete the prealgebra, algebra, and precalculus sections.

 

What if I test below MPG3/MPG4?

Students who complete the math placement test and do not achieve the MPG needed for graduation/their major will work with their Academic Advisor to enroll in the appropriate Augsburg math course. Augsburg has a sequence of math courses to move students into a higher MPG. 

 

How do I complete the math placement test?

  • Log onto AugNet Services
  • Click on “Moodle” on the left menu
  • Click on “Course Overview”
  • Click on “Math Placement Test” 
  • Complete the Math History Questionnaire and Academic Honesty Statement 
    • These are both required before starting the placement exam
  • Select “begin the test”

 

Important things to note

You have 45 minutes to complete the test and it must be completed in one sitting. Make sure you have the time, scratch paper, pencil, and internet connection to finish.

 

Students with disabilities may request accommodations for placement tests through the Augsburg CLASS/Disability Resources office. To request accommodations, email class@augsburg.edu.

 

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