Math Placement Exams
As part of the university advising program, the Mathematics & Statistics Department makes recommendations for each freshman student concerning the preparatory math courses they are required and qualified to take. These recommendations are based on the ACT subscore in mathematics and/or the department placement tests.
Placement Exams
The department offers placement exams to students who wish to demonstrate: University Mathematics Competency (place out of courses Math 100 or Math 102) or Calculus readiness (place into M151  Calculus I). These exams are given during the summer orientation sessions and by arrangement with the department chair. Practice materials for these exams are available through the following PDFs:
(Math 100/Math 102) Intermediate Algebra Practice Placement Exam
(Calculus Readiness) Precalculus Practice Placement Exam
The department also offers a Saint Mary's University Advance Placement Calculus Test for those students who wish to place out of Math 151 – Calculus 1. There are no practice materials for this exam.
Math Competency
The university has a mathematics competency requirement for graduation.
If a student has an ACT math subscore of 20 or below, then the student is required to enroll in one of the following courses:
 Math 100 – Elementary Mathematical Ideas – This course is intended for nonscience majors.
 Math 102 – Intermediate Algebra – This course is intended for science majors (biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics and physics).
If Math Competency is Satisfied
Depending on a student’s field of interest, a student whose math competency is satisfied will be placed into one of the following courses:
NonScience Majors
 Elementary Education Majors
 Fall, Math 109 – Mathematical Concepts II: Geometry
 Spring, Math 108 – Mathematical Concepts: Number Systems

Business Majors

Math 145 – Finite Mathematics


Other Majors

Statistics 132 – Reasoning with Statistics or

Statistics 232 – Introduction to Statistics (ACT subscore of 26 or higher).

Science Majors (biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics and physics)

A prospective science major whose ACT math subscore is between 21 and 25 with be placed into the following course:
 Math 148 – Calculus with Precalculus I (which must be followed by M149  Calculus with Precalculus II)
 A prospective science major whose ACT math subscore is 26 or higher will be placed into the following course:
 Math 151 – Calculus 1
Kevin Dennis, Ph.D.
Chair, Mathematics & Statistics Department
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
700 Terrace Heights #59
Winona, MN 559871399
(800) 6355987, Ext. 6650
kdennis@smumn.edu