A Guide to Mathematics for Entering First-Year and Transfer Students

The Math Placement Test

  • All entering students are required to take the Math Placement Test, with the following exceptions:
    • students who transfer in college credit for a Mathematics course numbered MATH 141 or higher, or who have transfer credit for PRERQ*MAT;
    • students who score 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement AB calculus exam, and who report their score to Allegheny;
    • students who score 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement BC calculus exam, and who report their score to Allegheny;
    • students who score 3 on the Advanced Placement BC calculus exam with a 4 or 5 on the AB subscore of this exam, and who report their score to Allegheny.
  • All other first-year students and transfer students should take the Math Placement Test.
  • The Math Placement Test determines readiness for Calculus I (Math 151). It consists of 30 questions covering algebra, pre-calculus, and trigonometry topics:  geometry and measurement; algebraic manipulation; equations, inequalities, and factoring; trigonometry; functions and their notation, including linear, polynomial, rational, trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions; graphs of functions; and word problems and modeling.
  • A link to the Math Placement Test and directions for logging onto the system is on each student’s WebAdvisor page. Immediately upon finishing the test, the results will be displayed.
  • The Math Placement Test places students into one of two courses, both of which are appropriate for any major or minor program at Allegheny:
    • Math 151 (Calculus I)
      • Note that students who are considering a major or minor in Computer Science but who are also interested in Mathematics are strongly encouraged to take Math 151 in the Fall.
    • Math 140 (Calculus I with Precalculus, Part 1)

Students who took an AP Calculus test should use the following guidelines:

AP Test Score Credit Received Recommended Placement
Calculus AB 4 or 5 MATH 151 (Calculus I) MATH 152 (Calculus II)
Calculus AB 3 or below none Take placement exam
Calculus BC 4 or 5 MATH 151 (Calculus I) and MATH 270 (Optimization and Approximation) MATH 152 (Calculus II)
Calculus BC 3 with AB sub-score
of 4 or 5
MATH 151 (Calculus I) MATH 152 (Calculus II)
Calculus BC 2 or below OR
3 with AB sub-score
of 3 or below
none Take placement exam AND consult with math faculty

 

Students with transfer credit should use the following guidelines:

Allegheny transfer credit Recommended Placement
PRERQ*MAT MATH 151 (Calculus I)
MATH 140 MATH 141 (Calculus I with Precalculus, Part 2; the first
offering of this course will be in Spring 2020)
MATH 141 MATH 152 (Calculus II)
MATH 151 MATH 152 (Calculus II)
MATH 152 Consult math department.
MATH 270 MATH 152 (Calculus II), and/or consult math department


Course descriptions can be found here