Students
without transferred college mathematics credit or AP credit that meets
the Exploratory Curriculum mathematics requirement will place into one
or more of the following mathematics courses: MAT 0144, 0145,
1010, 1110,
1221, 1234, 1300, 1521, 1560, 2360, or 2700.
Appropriate
placement depends upon the student’s intended major as well as
eligibility criteria. Eligibility can be demonstrated through an SAT
or ACT math score, the Washington state General Math Placement Test
(MPTG), or transfer of a college course. For more information
about taking the MPTG, see our Math Placement testing
page.
Mathematics
Placement Level A
To
be eligible to enroll in MAT 0145, MAT 1521, CSC 1521, or MAT 1560, a student must
meet at least one of the following criteria:
 Score 580 or above on the math portion of
the SAT exam.
 Score 25 or above on the math portion of
the ACT test.
 Score 145 or above* on the MPTG (the
Washington State
Math Placement Test, General version)
 Complete MAT 0144 with a grade of C or
better, OR complete an approved course in intermediate algebra at
another college or university with a grade of C or better.
 Students admitted to SPU in 200910 or
earlier may complete the Mathematics Competency Requirement.
Students who do not meet any of the criteria for
Mathematics Placement Level A should begin by taking MAT 0144.
Mathematics
Placement Level B
To
be eligible to enroll in MAT 1360, MAT 2700, MAT 1110, or SOC/PSY 2360, a student must
meet at least one of the following criteria:
 Score 580 or above on the math portion of
the SAT exam.
 Score 25 or above on the math portion of
the ACT test.
 Score 150 or above* on the MPTG (the
Washington State Math Placement Test,
General version).
 Complete MAT 0145 with a grade of C or
better, OR complete an approved course in Intermediate Algebra at
another college or university with a grade of C or better.
 Students admitted to SPU in 20092010 or
earlier may complete the Mathematics Competency Requirement.
* The scoring system for the MPT changed from raw
scores to scaled scores as of October 1, 2010. Students who took
the test prior to October 1, 2010 need to score 15 or higher to meet
Mathematics Placement Level A or 20 or higher to meet Mathematics
Placement Level B.
Mathematics
Placement Level C
To be eligible to enroll
in MAT 1221 or MAT 1234, a student must achieve a passing score on the
SPU's online Calculus Placement test prior to registering for the course
or complete MAT 1110 with a grade of C or better.
College Readiness Mathematics
The courses MAT 0144 and MAT 0145, College
Readiness Mathematics I & II, are designed for students who do not have
adequate mathematical backgrounds to succeed in college level coursework
in mathematics.
Students needing to take a course with
Mathematics Placement Level A as a prerequisite will need to take MAT
0144 if they do not meet any of the other conditions listed. Students
needing to take courses with prerequisites of Mathematics Placement
Level B may need to take both MAT 0144 and 0145.
The three mathematics placement levels are
summarized in the table below. To be eligible to enroll in a course
listed at a particular placement level in the table, a student
must meet at least one of the criteria in the corresponding row.
Course You
Plan to Take:

Mathematics Placement
Level 
Prerequisite: Meet at
Least One of the Criteria Below

SAT Math Score

ACT Math Score

MPTG Score

College Coursework* 
Students Admitted
2009 or Earlier

MAT 1521, CSC 1521, MAT 1560, MAT 0145

A

580 or above

25 or above

145 or above

MAT 0144 or Intermediate Algebra

Complete Math Competency Requirement

MAT 1360, MAT 2700, MAT 1110,
SOC/PSY 2360

B

580 or above

25 or above

150 or above

MAT 0145 or Intermediate Algebra

Complete Math Competency Requirement

MAT 1221 or 1234

C

N/A**

N/A**

N/A**

MAT 1110
(C or better)

N/A**

* A grade of C or
better is required in prerequisite coursework. Courses may be
transferred.
** Students planning to
take MAT 1221 or 1234 must achieve a passing score on the online
Calculus Placement Test prior to registering for the course. 