It is useful to define the terms placement and credit. Placement into a course means permission to enroll in that course. Note: Just because you place into a particular course does not necessarily mean that that is the course you should enroll in. Be sure to consider what you plan to take after this course and any restrictions imposed by your major. Credit or course credit means that your transcript will show credit for the course.
The math department uses either your ACT mathematics score, SAT mathematics score, or any college level mathematics courses (including dual enrollment) you have taken to assess your preparedness for a particular course. If you have never taken a college level mathematics course and do not have the necessary prerequisites, you may be eligible take one of our placement exams in an attempt to enroll in a particular course.
Even though the Office of Admissions will accept certain ACCUPLACER scores to admit students to the University, the math department does not use ACCUPLACER or COMPASS scores for placement. If you were admitted to UL using an ACCUPLACER score, you must take the Freshman Placement Exam before you can enroll in a math course at UL.
For a schedule of all placement and credit exam times, visit our exam schedules page.
Ways to Earn Course Credit
The normal method of obtaining course credit is by successful completion of the course at UL Lafayette. The registrar may also assign transfer credit for courses taken at other colleges and universities. Three other ways to earn course credit are described below.
Credit Based on a CEEB AP Exam Score
Calculus AB exam:
- Calculus AB exam score of 1, 2: no course credit
- Calculus AB exam score of 3: credit for math 109, math 110, and math 250
- Calculus AB exam score of 4, 5: credit for math 109, math 110, and math 270
Calculus BC exam:
- Calculus BC exam score of 1, 2: no course credit
- Calculus BC exam score of 3: credit for math 109, math 110, and math 270
- Calculus BC exam score of 4, 5: credit for math 109, math 110, math 270, and math 301
- Statistics exam score of 1,2: no course credit
- Statistics exam score of 3, 4, 5: credit for stat 214
Credit Based on an ACT Mathematics Score
- ACT math score of 24 or less: no course credit
- ACT math score of 25, 26, 27: credit for math 105
- ACT math score of 28, 29: credit for math 109
- ACT math score of 30 or more: credit for math 109 and math 110
Credit Based on a College Board CLEP Score
- College Mathematics Exam score of 50 or higher: credit for math 102
- College Algebra Exam score of 50 or higher: credit for math 105
- Precalculus Exam score of 50: credit for math 143
- Calculus Exam score of 60 or higher: Math Dept. will review score and transcripts to determine credit. ( A score of 60 or higher on this exam does not guarantee credit. )
Credit Based on the Advance Credit Exam
If you have an ACT mathematics score of 26 or higher and have never taken a collegiate math course, then you may take the Advance Credit Exam to receive course credit for math 109 and/or math 110. This one and one-half hour exam covers pre-calculus algebra and trigonometry.
Placement Based on ACT Mathematics Score
Placement into a particular course is permission to take that course. You need to carefully consider your goals as you select your courses. In particular, some majors require specific courses. Thus, you do not want to skip over a required course and, if your major requires a higher level mathematics course, then you need to enroll in courses that will satisfy the prerequisites for that higher level course.
The following link is a flow chart for certain mathematics courses at UL.
Note: The statement "satisfies prerequisites for . . ." in the listing below indicates possible subsequent course choices for this line in the list. In most cases a grade of C or better is required.
ACT math score below 19: To register for a mathematics course at UL you must either
- successfully pass the Freshman Placement Exam, or
- successfully pass an Intermediate Algebra course at a community college.
- Note: The Compass and AccuPlacer exams do not allow you to enroll in a mathematics course.
ACT math score of 19 or more: You may register for
- math 102 (satisfies prerequisites for math 206, math 210, and stat 214 (only these three))
- math 103&104 (satisfies prerequisites for math 109, math 206, math 210, stat 214, and math 250)
- math 117 (restricted to education majors, some education concentrations require higher level courses)
ACT math score of 21 or more: You may register for
- math 105 (satisfies prerequisites for math 109, math 206, math 210, stat 214, and math 250)
ACT math score of 23 or more: You may register for
- math 109 (satisfies prerequisites for math 110 and stat 325)
ACT math score of 24 or more: You may register for
- math 110 (together with math 109 satisfies prerequisites for math 270)
ACT math score of 25 or more: You may register for
- math 206, math 210, math 250, or stat 214
ACT math score of 26 or more: You may register for
- math 143 (equivalent to math 109 & 110 together, satisfies prerequisites for math 270)
ACT math score of 28 or more: You may register for
- math 270 (Note: Pre-calculus trigonometry is an essential part of math 270. Students with an ACT math score of 28 who have not had pre-calculus trigonometry are strongly encouraged to enroll in math 110.)
Placement Based on the Freshman Placement Exam
The Freshman Placement Exam is for students who do not satisfy the prerequisites necessary for math 102, math 103&104, math 105, or math 117. If you have an ACT mathematics score of 21 or higher, then you do not need to take this exam. This one hour exam covers intermediate algebra.
If you have an ACT mathematics score of 18 or less and have never taken a collegiate mathematics course, then you must take the Freshman Placement Exam to enroll in math 102, math 103&104, math 105, or math 117.
If you have an ACT mathematics score of 19 or 20 and have never taken a collegiate mathematics course, then you may take the Freshman Placement Exam in an attempt to enroll in math 105.
Placement Based on the International Student Math Exam
International students are now required to take the ACT Math Residual Exam for placement into the appropriate mathematics course. Depending on the score of this exam, international students will have the opportunity to take other placement and credit exams through the Math Dept.
Notes Regarding Selection of a 100-level Math Course
Two Variants of Applied College Algebra
The courses math 103&104 and math 105 cover the same material, applied college algebra. There is no reason to take more than one of these courses. Only one of these courses may be used for degree credit. Students registering for math 103 must enroll in the corresponding section of math 104. These courses must be taken together in the same semester.
Two Ways to Study Pre-calculus Algebra and Trigonometry
The course math 143 covers pre-calculus algebra and trigonometry. This same material is also covered in the two courses math 109, pre-calculus algebra, and math 110, pre-calculus trigonometry. If you want to take math 270, Calculus I, then you need credit for either math 143 or for both math 109 and math 110.
If your major requires math 250, a survey of calculus, instead of math 270, then you may use math103&104 or math 105 to satisfies the prerequisite for math 250.
Notes Regarding Calculus
We offer two versions of calculus:
The mathematically rigorous version is the sequence math 270, math 301, and math 302. The prerequisite for math 270 is: a ACT math score of 28 or higher; credit (grade of C or better) for math 109 and math 110; or, credit (grade of C or better) for math 143.
Note: Trigonometry is essential for math 270. If you have a Math ACT score of 28, but have not had a thorough trigonometry course, then you should consult with the Math Dept. about enrolling in math 110.
The less mathematically rigorous survey version is math 250. The prerequisite for math 250 is: a ACT math score of 25 or higher; credit (grade of C or better) for math 103&104; or credit (grade of C or better) for math 105.