Mathematics Placement Information
All incoming freshmen or transfer students will be initially placed into an appropriate Math course based on their highest SAT or ACT Math. If a student is not satisfied with his/her initial math course placement, s/he can take the Mathematics and Statistics Department developed Algebra (for placement of MATH 101E, 101, 103, 110 and 111) or Precalculus (for placement of MATH 110 and 131) placement tests.
The SAT/ACT or Math & Stats Department Algebra or Precalculus placements are as follows.
Course Placement Requirements:
If an ACT/SAT test score is not available, math placement testing is mandatory. All students lacking ACT/SAT and failing to register for math placement will automatically be placed into MATH 101E.
Placement Type 
MATH 101E 
MATH 101/103 
MATH 110/111 
MATH 131 
SAT Math 
Below 480 
480510 
520570 
570 or higher 
ACT Math 
Below 18 
1820 
2123 
24 or higher 
Algebra Test 
Below 15 
1519 
20 or higher 

Precalculus Test 


1316 
17 or higher 
Table 1: Course placement requirements/eligibility for first semester new freshman mathematics courses. Column: Mathematics course desired. Row: Placement requirement based on standardized test or Department of Mathematics and Statistics Placement Exams.
Algebra and Precalculus Placement Tests:
The Algebra Placement Test is intended for incoming freshmen or transferring students whose first required math course is one of the following according to their major curriculum guides:
 MATH 101Fundamentals of Algebra & Trigonometry I
 MATH 103College Algebra & Trigonometry for Engineers and Scientists I
 MATH 110Precalculus
 MATH 111College Algebra & Trigonometry
and whose SAT Math score or ACT Math score is below the required cutoff score for taking the required math course but wish to be placed into the required math course through this placement test.
Students who do not have a SAT or ACT Math score and whose first required math course in their major degree program curriculum guides is either MATH 101, MATH 103, MATH 110 or MATH 111 are required to take Algebra placement test for an appropriate first math course placement.
The Algebra Placement Test is a multiplechoice test with a total of 35 questions, covering the following seven competency areas in algebra.
 Numerical and Algebraic Expressions
 Linear Expressions and Equations
 Quadratic Expressions and Equations
 Rational Expressions and Equations
 Exponential Expressions and Equations
 Elementary Functions and Inequalities
 Geometric and Graphical Quantities
The PreCalculus Placement Test is intended for incoming freshmen whose first required math course is MATH 131Calculus I according to their major curriculum guides (mostly Math, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science and Engineering majors) and whose SAT Math score is below 570 or ACT Math score is below 24.
Students who do not have a SAT or ACT Math score and whose first required math course in their major degree program curriculum guides is MATH 131 are required to take Algebra placement test for an appropriate first math course placement.
The PreCalculus Placement Test is a multiplechoice test with a total of 30 questions covering the following six competency areas in precalculus.
 Numerical & Algebraic Expressions, Functions and Inequalities
 Linear Expressions and Equations
 Quadratic & Rational Expressions and Equations
 Exponential & Logarithmic Expressions and Equations
 Geometric & Graphical Quantities
 Trigonometry
Registration for Taking Online Math Placement Test:
For the Spring 2021 incoming freshmen and transfer students, both Algebra and Precalculus placement tests will be offered online via the Blackboard Respondus Lockdown browser. Registration is required at the site: https://ncat.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_d75ljfx1ybiLt9b. Please complete your registration by Tuesday, December 1, 2020. The online placement test will be given during December 715, 2020.
For questions or inquires about the NCA&T math placement tests, please email Dr. John Paul Roop, Math Placement Coordinator, at jproop@ncat.edu, or Dr. Guoqing Tang, Math & Statistics Department Chair, at tang@ncat.edu.