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Title: Why is the Mathematics Pre-Requisite System So Complicated?


1
Why is the Mathematics Pre-Requisite System So
Complicated?
2
UWM Courses Up through GER
3
Math Placement Levels
  • Placement into Mathematics Courses is determined
    in two ways
  • Result of UW System Placement Test
  • Results of Previous Course Work
  • Placement Levels indicate preparation in
    arithmetic, algebra, geometry and trigonometry

4
Current Placement Levels
  • Placement Level A
  • Placement Level A
  • Placement Level AB
  • Placement Level B
  • Placement Level C
  • Placement Level D
  • No Placement

5
Distribution of Students among Placement Levels
  • This is based on 3708 freshman admitted in Fall
    2003.

6
Placement Levels for Courses
NONE D C B AB A A
MATH 090 YES MAYBE NO NO NO NO NO
MATH 095 NO YES MAYBE NO NO NO NO
MATH 105 NO NO YES MAYBE MAYBE NO NO
MATH 106 NO NO YES YES YES YES YES
MATH 116 NO NO NO YES YES MAYBE NO
MATH 117 NO NO NO YES YES MAYBE MAYBE
MATH 175 NO NO YES YES YES YES YES
MATH 205 NO NO NO YES YES YES YES
MATH 211 NO NO NO YES YES MAYBE MAYBE
MATH 214 NO NO NO YES YES YES YES
MATH 221 NO NO NO NO NO NO YES
MATH 225/227 NO NO NO NO YES MAYBE NO
MATH 231/228 NO NO NO NO NO YES YES
MATH 305 NO NO NO YES YES YES YES
MATH 341 NO NO NO NO NO YES YES
MTHSTAT 215 NO NO NO YES YES YES YES
7
Placement Level A
  • This is the highest placement level. It is
    primarily used to determine placement into Honors
    Calculus (Math 221) and is demonstrated by any of
    the following
  • A Placement Test Code of 45
  • A Placement Test Code of 40 and a score of 30 or
    higher on the Math Portion of the ACT
  • Credit for Math 231 by the AP or IB exams
  • A grade of A- or higher in both Math 116 and Math
    117 (including transfer equivalents).

8
Placement Level A
  • This is used primarily to determine placement in
    Math 231 and Math 341 and is demonstrated by any
    of the following
  • A Placement Test Code of 40
  • Credit for Math 231 by the AP or IB exams
  • A grade of C or higher in both Math 116 and Math
    117 (including transfer equivalents). Note that
    Math 117 is not a co-requisite for Math 231!
  • A Placement Test Code of 35 and a C or better in
    Math 117
  • A Placement Test Code of 36 and a C or better in
    either Math 116 or Math 211
  • A grade of C or better in Math 211 and a grade of
    C or better in Math 117. Note that Math 211 by
    itself is not sufficient for placement into Math
    231!

9
Placement Level AB
  • This is used only to determine placement into
    Math 225. Since Math 225 assumes some
    familiarity with both trigonometry and advanced
    algebra, Placement level AB is demonstrated by
    any of the following
  • A Placement Test Code of 37
  • A Placement Test Code of 26 and a B or better in
    Math 105
  • A grade of B or better in Math 105 and a grade in
    Math 117 of at least D- and not more than C-.

10
Placement Level B
  • Placement level B is used to determine placement
    into many courses, including Math 116, 117, 205,
    211, and MthStat 215. It is also the placement
    level required for Chem 100 and Econ 210.
    Placement level B is demonstrated by any of the
    following
  • A Placement Test Code of 30, 35 or 36.
  • A grade of C or better in Math 105,
  • A score of 3 or higher on the AP Statistics Exam.
  • Students cannot attain Placement Level B by
    taking either Math 106 or Math 175. They must
    take Math 105.

11
Placement Level C
  • Placement level C is used to determine placement
    into three courses including Math 105, 106, and
    175. Placement level C is demonstrated by either
    of the following
  • A Placement Test Code of 20 or 26.
  • A grade of C or better in Math 095,
  • Students cannot progress to Placement Level B by
    taking either Math 106 or Math 175. They must
    take Math 105.

12
Placement Level D
  • Placement level is the pre-requisite for Math
    095. Placement level D is demonstrated by either
    of the following
  • A Placement Test Code of 10.
  • A grade of C or better in Math 090

13
No Placement Level
  • No placement level can be assigned if the a
    student has a Placement Code of 00 or no college
    level mathematics credits. In most cases such
    students must take Math 090. If they believe that
    there are exceptional circumstances they should
    consult with a Math Dept advisor to see if
    placement into Math 095 is appropriate.

14
Placement Test Codes
  • Placement test codes are summaries of the UW
    System Placement Test Results.
  • They do not give pre-requisites directly.
  • The current placement codes are
  • 00, 10, 20, 26, 30, 35, 36, 37, 40 and 45.
  • With the exception of the codes 35, 36 and 37,
  • the higher the code, the better prepared is the
    student.

15
Codes 35, 36 and 37
  • These codes are used to distinguish a students
    level of preparation in advanced algebra and
    trigonometry.
  • 35 indicates a level of preparation sufficient
    for Math 231 in all areas except trigonometry
  • 36 indicates a level of preparation sufficient
    for Math 231 in all areas except advanced algebra
  • 37 indicates some preparation in both
    trigonometry and in advanced algebra, but not at
    a level sufficient for Math 231

16
Placement Level B by Placement Codes
  • Of the 3708 admitted freshman in Fall 2003, 767
    had Placement Level B. 44 of these students
    would have made placement level A had they scored
    higher on just the CALG portion of the exam.

17
Code 26
  • This code is used to indicate students whose
    algebra
  • preparation is sufficient for Math 105, Math 106
    and Math 175, and whose trigonometry preparation
    is sufficient for Math 225. These students will
    be eligible for Math 225 if they earn a grade of
    B or better in Math 105.

18
Placement Level C by Placement Codes
  • Of the 3708 admitted freshman in Fall 2003, 1546
    had Placement Level C. 143 of these students had
    trigonometry test scores consistent with
    placement level AB, A or A.

19
Student Grouping Based on EALG and IALG
20
Placement Codes if EALG gt 475 and IALG gt 495
516 - 850 26 36 Take 116 only 36 Take 116 only 40 Take 231 45 Take 221
391 - 515 26 30 Take 116 and 117 37 Take 225 35 Take 117 only 35 Take 117 only
150 - 390 20 30 Take 116 and 117 30 Take 116 and 117 35 Take 117 only 35 Take 117 only
Trig CAlg 150 - 360 361-415 416-490 491-560 561-850
21
Please Use Placement Levels
  • Placement into Math and MthStat courses is
    determined by Placement Levels
  • Placement Levels are determined by Placement Test
    Codes and by College Mathematics credits.
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