Course prerequisites ensure that students are placed into courses in which they are likely to succeed.  The Department of Mathematics enforces a prerequisite policy for all of its courses, but the Mathematics Placement Exam can be used to place into MAT 0995, 1000 (placement into this course is no longer required as of Fall 2018), 1050, 1110, 1120, 1500, 1800, 2010, 2210, and STA 1020 (placement into this course is not longer required as of Fall 2018).  This policy applies to new, continuing, transfer, and graduate students.  The following information is in regard to the above listed courses and how to place into them.
 
Students who are taking a course for the third or fourth time will need to follow a special process. Please contact Kim Morgan at kmorgan@wayne.edu, for further information.
 
Students may visit Advising Works to schedule an appointment with a Department of Mathematics academic advisor to discuss their placement situation.
 
Students intending to take MAT 0993 are not required to take the placement exam, although it is recommended.
 
The Mathematics Placement Examination is administered prior to the beginning of each semester.  Consult  the math page at Testing, Evaluation, & Research Services for the placement exam schedule, registration instructions, and other information.
 

MAT 0995 and MAT 1050

Students qualify by having achieved one of the following:
  • satisfactory score on the Mathematics Placement Exam in the previous 12 months.
  • a grade of CNC, or higher, in MAT 0993, taken at Wayne State University in the previous 12 months.
  • a validated SAT Math score of 500 or higher (Before March 2016), or a validated SAT Math score of 530 or higher (March 2016 or later), or a validated ACT Math score of 21 or higher. See the math page at Testing, Evaluation, & Research Services for information regarding what a validated test score is.
For placement at this level, students should have a command of numerical and beginning algebra concepts and techniques corresponding approximately to one year of high school algebra.
 
 
 
Through Spring/Summer 2018: Students qualify (without a corequisite) by having achieved one of the following:
  • satisfactory score on the Mathematics Placement Exam in the previous 24 months.
  • a grade of CNC, or higher, in MAT 0900, or MAT 0993, taken at Wayne State University in the previous 24 months.
  • a validated SAT Math score of 490 or higher (March 2016 or later), or a validated ACT Math score of 18 or higher in the previous 24 months. See the math page at Testing, Evaluation, & Research Services for information regarding what a validated test score is.
  • a grade of C-, or higher, in MAT 1050, or any course above it, taken at Wayne State University (no expiration).
  • a grade of C, or higher, in a course transfered to Wayne State University as MAT 1050, college algebra, or above.  MAT 1XXX is not sufficient unless it is a college algebra course, and in such a case, an override from the Mathematics Department Advisor is needed (Students may visit Advising Works to schedule an appointment with a Department of Mathematics academic advisor to discuss their placement situation.)
  • an ACT, SAT, or Mathematics Placement Exam score that places the student into MAT 1800 (no expiration). 

Beginning with Fall 2018: MAT 1000 and STA 1020 are changing to reflect the new Quantitative Experience General Education requirement.  As a result, these courses will no longer have prerequisites.  Any student can enroll, without restriction.

 

MAT 1110 and MAT 1500

Students qualify by having achieved one of the following:
  • satisfactory score on the Mathematics Placement Exam in the previous 12 months.
  • a grade of at least C-minus in MAT 1050, taken at Wayne State University in the previous 12 months.
  • a grade of CNC, or higher,  in MAT 0995, taken at Wayne State University in the previous 12 months.
  • a validated SAT Math score of 600 or higher (Before March 2016), or a validated SAT Math score of 620 or higher (March 2016 or later), or a validated ACT Math score of 26 or higher. See the math page at Testing, Evaluation, & Research Services for information regarding what a validated test score is.
For placement at this level, students should have a command of algebra and basic geometry, corresponding approximately to three years of college-preparatory mathematics.
 

MAT 1120

Students qualify by having achieved one of the following:
  • a grade of at least C-minus in MAT 1110 taken at Wayne State University in the previous 12 months.
  • satisfactory score on the Mathematics Placement Exam in the previous 12 months and transfer of  MAT 1110 equivalent with a grade of C or higher.
  • a validated SAT Math score of 600 or higher, and transfer of MAT 1110 equivalent with a grade of C or higher.
  • a validated SAT Math score of 600 or higher (Before March 2016), or a validated SAT Math score of 620 or higher (March 2016 or later), or a validated ACT Math score of 26 or higher. See the math page at Testing, Evaluation, & Research Services for information regarding what a validated test score is.
For placement at this level, students should have a command of algebra and basic geometry, corresponding approximately to three years of college-preparatory mathematics.
 

MAT 1800

Students qualify by having achieved one of the following:
  • satisfactory score on the Mathematics Placement Exam in the previous 12 months.
  • a grade of at least C-minus in MAT 1050, taken at Wayne State University in the previous 12 months.
  • a validated SAT Math score of 600 or higher (Before March 2016), or a validated SAT Math score of 620 or higher (March 2016 or later), or a validated ACT Math score of 26 or higher. See the math page at Testing, Evaluation, & Research Services for information regarding what a validated test score is.
For placement at this level, students should have a command of algebra and basic geometry, corresponding approximately to three years of college-preparatory mathematics.
 

MAT 2010

Students qualify by having achieved one of the following:
  • satisfactory score on the Mathematics Placement Exam in the previous 12 months.
  • a grade of at least C-minus in MAT 1800, taken at Wayne State University in the previous 12 months.
  • a validated SAT Math score of 650 or higher (Before March 2016), or a validated SAT Math score of 670 or higher (March 2016 or later), or a validated ACT Math score of 29 or higher. See the math page at Testing, Evaluation, & Research Services for information regarding what a validated test score is.
For placement at this level, students should have a command of algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and elementary functions corresponding approximately to four years of college-preparatory mathematics.
 

MAT/STA 2210

Students qualify by having achieved one of the following:
  • satisfactory score on the Mathematics Placement Exam.
  • a grade of at least C-minus in MAT 1800, taken at Wayne State University.
  • a validated SAT Math score of 650 or higher (Before March 2016), or a validated SAT Math score of 670 or higher (March 2016 or later), or a validated ACT Math score of 29 or higher.
For placement at this level, students should have a command of algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and elementary functions corresponding approximately to four years of college-preparatory mathematics.

 

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