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SAT/ACT & Compass Math Placement

Students in Computer Lab

The highest SAT score (or ACT score if you did not take the SAT) of incoming freshmen will determine Math Placement. All incoming students are eligible to enroll in MATH 101M Math for Critical Thinking or MATH 103M College Algebra with Supplemental Instruction.

Those students who seek higher placement than MATH 101M or 103M must submit either an SAT score or an ACT score or they must agree to take the COMPASS Placement Test. Appropriate scores on one of these tests will place the student into one of the following: Stat 130M Statistics, Math 102M College Algebra, Math 162M PreCalculus I, Math 163 PreCalculus II, or Math 211 Calculus I. Students can challenge their math placement and/or seek academic credit by making an appointment to take the COMPASS placement test at the University Testing Center.

COMPASS Math Placement Test is used for placement into a math course at ODU, therefore, once a student has enrolled/completed any math course at ODU they are not eligible to take the COMPASS Math Placement Test.

Re-test Policy: Eligible students are allowed to take the COMPASS Math Placement Test twice in a semester.

Reminder: You are not eligible to re-test if you have enrolled in a math course at ODU.

Math Placements Based on SAT/ACT Scores

SAT

  • Any SAT score allows placement into MATH 101M MATH or 103M
  • 460 and above allows placement in STAT 130M
  • 460 and above with High School GPA of 3.0 or higher,
    preferred-placement into MATH 102M
  • 560-650 allows placement into MATH 162M
  • 660-700 allows placement into MATH 163 or MATH 200
  • 710 and above allows placement into MATH 211

ACT

  • Any ACT score allows placement into MATH 101M or 103M
  • 24-29 allows placement in STAT 130M
  • 24-29 with High School GPA of 3.0 or higher,
    preferred-placement into MATH 102M
  • 30-36 allows placement into MATH 162M
  • Placement into MATH 163, 200 or 211 requires appropriate score on the COMPASS Math Placement Test

COMPASS Math Placement Test

A math placement test for accurate placement into a mathematics class.

Compass Math Placement Test Score Score Translation
1 Student is eligible to enroll in MATH 101M (Intro to Math for Critical Thinkers)
2 Student is eligible to enroll in MATH 101M (Intro to Math for Critical Thinkers)
3 Student is eligible to enroll in MATH 102M (College Algebra) or STAT 130M (Elementary Statistics)
4 Student is eligible to enroll in MATH 162M (Pre-Calculus I)
5 Student is eligible to enroll in MATH 163 (Pre-Calculus II), MATH 200 (Calculus for Business & Economics Majors), awards credit for MATH 162M (Pre-Calculus I)
6 Student is eligible to enroll in MATH 211 (Calculus I), awards credit for MATH 162M and 163

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