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Level Test Codes:

ML -- indicates level is based on placement test.
Placement test cutoffs are set to assure students a 65% likelihood of earning a C- or better in the course where they are placed.

MTL -- indicates level is based on course work transferred to SOU.
Students with recent transfer course work will often be able to use those courses for placement rather than taking the placement test.

MOL -- indicated level was overridden and reset by mathematics faculty member.
In rare instances, a mathematics faculty member may override a student's placement.

Level Test Scores

The "Score" column indicates the maximum placement. Actual course numbers are used for placement into Math 065, 095, 111, 112, 251, 252, and 253. Use the Score of 100 for placement into entry-level courses (Mth 158, 211, 243, or EC 232). Students may take a course with a lower level than where they are placed.

Source Code Score Criteria Expiration Advising Sheet color
      Mth 60 -- no level code NA Orange
Placement
Test
ML 065 EA ≥ 30

After 2
years

Goldenrod
ML 095 EA ≥ 40 Yellow
ML 100 EA ≥ 50 Green
ML 111 EA ≥ 75 or CLM ≥ 30 Cherry
ML 112 (EA ≥ 95 and CLM ≥ 30) or CLM ≥ 42 Pink
ML 251 CLM ≥ 60 Purple
Transfer
Courses
MTL 065 Passed equivalent of Mth 060 with C- or better Never Blue
MTL 095 Passed equivalent of Mth 065 with C- or better
MTL 100 Never took Mth 095, but passed a mathematics course (with a C- or better) that had a Mth 095 prerequisite
MTL 111 Passed equivalent of Mth 095 with C- or better
MTL 112 Passed equivalent of Mth 111 with C- or better
MTL 251 Passed equivalent of Mth 112 with C- or better
MTL 252 Passed equivalent of Mth 251 with C- or better
MTL 253 Passed equivalent of Mth 252 with C- or better
Faculty
Override
MOL 065 May register for Mth 065 Never None
MOL 095 May register for Mth 095
MOL 100 May register for Mth 158/211/243 or EC 232
MOL 111 May register for Mth 111
MOL 112 May register for Mth 112
MOL 251 May register for Mth 251

Student scores are stored in Banner SIS in the form SOATEST. Test scores cannot be accessed in SISWeb.

  1. Log onto Banner SIS and enter SOATEST in the direct access box.

     

    Entering SOATEST in Banner

     

  2. Enter your advisee's student number and press next block (page down).

     

  3. You may use the arrow keys to navigate the list of tests for your advisee if necessary.

     

  4. Check the prerequisite table to determine if your student has the appropriate test score for ML, MTL, or MOL to allow him/her to register for the desired course. Notice the test code is in the left most column, followed by the description and the score.

     

    Placement Scores in Banner

     

  5. If you see EA or CLM tests listed but no ML test, then your advisee's placement level has expired (placement test scores expire after 2 years). Your student will need to retake the placement test.

All mathematics courses above Math 60 have prerequisites to assure appropriate placement. Students may meet prerequisites by taking the prerequisite course or earning an appropriate score on the placement test. See details below.

Course
Alternatives to meet Prerequisites
Placement Test
Previous Course
Test Name
Minimal Score Accepted
SOU equivalent
Minimal Grade
Accepted
EC 232
ML, MTL, or MOL
100
Mth 95
C-
Mth
060
No placement test required
 
No prerequisite
 
Mth
065
ML, MTL, or MOL
065
Mth 60
C-
Mth
095
ML, MTL, or MOL
095
Mth 65
C-
Mth
111
ML, MTL, or MOL
111
Mth 95
C-
Mth
112
ML, MTL, or MOL
112
Mth 111
C-
Mth
158
ML, MTL, or MOL
100
Mth 95
C-
Mth
211
ML, MTL, or MOL
100
Mth 95
C-
Mth
212
 
 
Mth 211
C-
Mth
213
 
 
Mth 211
C-
Mth
235
 
 
Mth 251
C-
Mth
243
ML, MTL, or MOL
100
Mth 95
C-
Mth
244
 
 
Mth 243
C-
Mth
251
ML, MTL, or MOL
251
Math 112
C-
Mth
252
MTL
252
Mth 251
C-
Mth
321
 
 
Mth 253 or Ph 371
C-
Mth
361
 
 
Mth 281
C-
Mth
481
 
 
Mth 212, 213, or 251
C-
Mth
581
 
 
Mth 212, 213, or 251
C-
Placement Level & Score Eligible to enroll in these Courses
ML 60+ Mth 060
ML 65+
MTL 65+
MOL 65+
Mth 065
ML 95+
MTL 95+
MOL 95+
Mth 095
ML 100+
MTL 100+
MOL 100+
Mth 095, if going into Mth 111
Mth 105
Mth 158
Mth 211
Mth 243
EC 232
ML 111+
MTL 111+
MOL 111+
Mth 111
Mth 158
Mth 211
Mth 243
EC 232
ML 112+
MTL 112+
MOL 112+
Mth 112
Mth 158
Mth 211
Mth 243
EC 232
ML 251+
MTL 251+
MOL 251+
Mth 158
Mth 211
Mth 243
Mth 251
EC 232
MTL 252+
MOL 252+
Mth 158
Mth 211
Mth 243
Mth 252
EC 232
MTL 253+
MOL 253+
Mth 158
Mth 211
Mth 243
Mth 253
Mth 261
EC 232

Preparatory Courses

The Preparatory courses described below will help you refresh your mathematics skills prior to taking an entry-level course.

The preparatory courses are self-support. You do not pay regular tuition for these courses; you only pay the fee noted in the schedule of classes. However, the credits for the preparatory course are added to your regular courses in determining full-time status for financial aid and other term-to-term purposes. These credits do not apply to the 180 minimum required to graduate, nor are these courses used in computing your cumulative SOU GPA.

These courses are:

Mth 60:
Appropriate for students who have been exposed to at least a semester of Algebra but, either due to time lapsed or difficulty with the subject matter, don't have a current mastery of the material.

Mth 65:
Appropriate for students who have a current mastery of the first year of Algebra and have been exposed to at least one semester of Geometry.

Mth 95:
Appropriate for students who have a current mastery of at least three semesters of Algebra and at least one semester of Geometry.


Transfer Students

Be sure to make an appointment with an academic advisor in the ACCESS Center. The advisor will evaluate your transfer courses and help you determine which general education courses you still need to complete.


General Education

If your primary reason for taking a mathematics course is to meet the quantitative general education requirement (or goal 3) then you should consider one of the following courses.

Mth 158 (Linear Math):
This course introduces you to a variety of applications using mathematical techniques involving functions, matrices and linear programming. Examples are drawn primarily from the social and management sciences.

Mth 243 (Elementary Statistics):
An elementary survey of some mathematical techniques that are used throughout our society to interpret data and make decisions. This course is required for several majors and strongly recommended for some others.

EC 232 (Exploratory Data Analysis):
Learn how to deal with skewed data and how to apply them in real-world settings. Emphasizes the importance of understanding what is in the body of data before interpreting statistical summaries.


Elementary Education

Admission to the MAT program for early childhood/elementary or elementary/middle school authorizations will require you to complete the sequence: Mth 211, Mth 212, and Mth 213. This sequence covers the mathematical content underlying Elementary School Mathematics. Enroll in Math 211 after you successfully complete Math 95.

Completion of both Mth 211 and 212 will satisfy the quantitative general education requirement.


Scientific and Professional

If your interests or the programs you are considering involve more advanced Mathematics courses you should consider taking the precalculus sequence, Mth 111 and 112.

Some specific programs requiring Mth 111, 112, or subsequent courses are:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Studies
  • Geology
  • Mathematics
  • Nursing (requires Mth 111)
  • Optometry
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical Therapy (requires Mth 112)
  • Physics
  • PreDental and PreMed

You should also consider this track if you are interested in a graduate degree in fields such as Business, Geography, and Economics. Consult with your program advisor.

Note:
Most students in this category satisfy the quantitative general education requirement by taking either Mth 243 or Mth 251. Completion of Mth 111 and Mth 112 is required for admission to Mth 251.