SPU Mathematics


Math Skills Competency

Students who entered SPU in the Autumn of 2009 or earlier are required to complete a basic math skills competency requirement in addition to the exploratory curriculum mathematics requirement. This requirement has been discontinued for new students who entered SPU in the 2010-2011 academic year or later.  This information is provided for students who entered SPU in 2009-2010 or earlier and have not yet completed the Math Competency Requirement.

Competency in basic mathematics is essential in our technologically oriented society.  All undergraduates who entered SPU in the 2009-2010 academic year or earlier are required to demonstrate competency in basic mathematics in one of the following ways:

  1. Score 500 or more on the quantitative SAT-I exam if taken prior to April 1995.
  2. Score 580 or more on the quantitative SAT-I exam if taken April 1995 or later. 
  3. Score 25 or more on the ACT math test.
  4. Transfer in with a C (2.0) or better in MAT 1234, Calculus, or its college level equivalent. (MAT 1221, Survey of Calculus, does not meet this requirement.)
  5. Pass SPU's Mathematics Proficiency Examination (this exam was offered for the last time in Winter 2010)
  6. Complete the required work in Arithmetic Review (MAT 0121-MAT 0125) as revealed by the proficiency test results.
  7. Successfully complete all 5 credits in Arithmetic Review.

The Mathematics Proficiency Examination was offered for the last time ever in Winter 2010.  All courses in Arithmetic Review (#6 and #7 above) were discontinued after the Spring 2010 quarter.

Students who did NOT complete one of the items listed above by the end of the 2009-2010 academic year are now required to complete coursework in MAT 0144 and/or MAT 0145.  The actual requirement for each student is determined by the student's score on the Mathematics Proficiency Exam along with the number of required credits of Arithmetic Review that were not completed by the end of the spring quarter in 2010.  If you are unsure which course(s) you need to take, please contact your academic counselor in Student Academic Services for more information.


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