Effective Winter 2016
Students who wish to enroll in a Math course at WSU must first qualify. The most recent rules as of winter 2106 are indicated below:
1. MAT 1000 and STA 1020 prerequisites are now good for 6 semesters (including Summer) starting with the semester directly after a student is successful in the prerequisite. This means that if the student took MAT 0900 or MAT 0993 in Summer 2014 or later, they can take MAT 1000 or STA 1020 this summer. So, for example, if a student took MAT 0900 in Summer 2014 and received a CNC or better, they have Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Summer 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2016 and Summer 2016 to be successful in MAT 1000 or STA 1020. This rule also applies for ACT and SAT scores, an ACT or SAT score of 18 or higher taken May 9, 2014 or later is good for summer classes (since Spring/Summer classes start on May 9). Please do not use the Testing page on Stars where it shows "outdated" to determine if the score is valid for these courses as ir may not be accurate.
2. All other courses through MAT 2010 have the same 3 semester prerequisite rule as before.
3. Students who need to repeat a MAT course through MAT 2350 for the third or fourth time must complete a process to get into the course. The process is explained below. Please, encourage your students to start the process early so they are not delayed in their coursework.
RSP/ESP courses, except MAT 1050 - The student must contact RSP/ESP to find out how to repeat the course. It is highly recommended that students take it with RSP/ESP for a third attempt. Success rates are higher in these sections due to the support system provided by the program. This is especially true for RSP (MAT 0900 and 0993) students.
Non-RSP/ESP courses through MAT 2010 - Students must take the Math Placement Exam the semester directly before the semester in which they want to take the class. So, if a student wants to take the course for a third time in Fall 2016, they must take the exam during Summer 2016. This is true even if they have taken the exam before. Once they place into the course again, they meet with the Math department to do a contract and the override.
Non-RSP courses from MAT 2020 - MAT 2350 - The student must take a Basics of Calculus Exam in the Math department to gain access to the course. They would schedule the exam and take it in the Math Department. If they pass then the Math department does the contract and paperwork. Their major advisor must also provide an email of support for retaking the course.
Students who earn a score of "3" on the Advanced Placement Exam, and receive credit for Math 2010 are encouraged by the Math Department to register for Math 2010 in order to progress in the Math sequence. These students should be directed to see the Math Department.
Transferring in the Math 1110 equivalent doesn't place a student into Math 1120. The student must take the qualifying exam and place into Math 1800 to take the course.
Transferring in the Math 1800 equivalent doesn't place a student into Math 2010. The student must take the qualifying exam and place into Math 2010.
Placement exam results are good for two terms. Overrides of the placement exam requirement may be obtained by any advisor in the Math department if a student's placement has lapsed by one term. This is a one-time permission per student. Students need to make an appointment to speak with a Math advisor for this override.
Effective Winter 2010:
All students, including transfer and guest students, who plan to take MAT 0995, 1000, 1050, 1110, 1120, 1500, 1800 or 2010 as their first mathematics course at Wayne State University (WSU) must place into the course according to the policies of the WSU Department of Mathematics. Effective Winter Semester 2010, there are two approved methods for MAT course placement.
PLACEMENT USING AN AMERICAN COLLEGE TEST (ACT) MATH SCORE
|ACT Math score of 29 or higher
||Placement into MAT 2010
|ACT Math score of 26 or higher
||Placement into MAT 1110, 1120, 1500, 1800
|ACT Math score of 21 or higher
||Placement into MAT 0995, 1050
|ACT Math score of 18 or higher
||Placement into MAT 1000
- The ACT Math score may not be more than two years old from the date of intended enrollment in the course.
- Placement using an ACT Math score will only be valid for three semesters (including Spring/Summer term) from the date of your first semester of admission to WSU.
- If you have taken the ACT more than once, only the most recent ACT Math score will be considered.
PLACEMENT BY EXAMINATION
Any student who does not place into an MAT course using an ACT Math score as described above must take the WSU Mathematics Placement Examination to determine MAT course placement. The examination consists of 55 questions. All students are given questions 1-40 but only those students who wish to place in MAT 2010 receive questions 41-55. The exam has three levels of placement. Passing at the first level allows entry into MAT 0995, 1000, or 1050. Passing at the second level allows entry into MAT 1110, 1120, 1500, or 1800. Passing at the third level allows entry into MAT 2010. Students whose score is below that required for placement at the first level qualify only for MAT 0993, Beginning Algebra. If you place into a course below the level that you had expected, you may either take the lower level course or study independently and retake the examination during the next testing period.
If you took the ACT it is possible that your ACT Mathematics score, in combination with your placement examination score, may qualify you for a WSU mathematics course for which your placement examination score alone would be insufficient. If you designated WSU as a recipient of your ACT scores, your ACT Mathematics score will automatically be considered when your placement examination is graded. To be considered, your ACT score must be no more than two years old from the date of your intended enrollment in the course. If you have taken the ACT more than once, only the most recent ACT Math score will be considered.
The Mathematics Placement Examination must be taken before classes begin for the semester in which you plan to take the course. Placement is valid for a limited time only. Scores will be honored only for three semesters: the semester for which the examination was taken and the two semesters immediately following. For the purposes of counting, there are three semesters: Fall, Winter, and Spring/Summer.
Note: If there is a discrepancy between placement based on a valid ACT Math score and the results of the Mathematics Placement Examination, the higher placement will be used.