How are placements test scores determined?
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 entrylevel 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 
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 
How do I find my advisees placement scores?
Student scores are stored in Banner SIS in the form SOATEST. Test scores cannot be accessed in SISWeb.
 Log onto Banner SIS and enter SOATEST in the direct access box.
 Enter your advisee's student number and press next block (page down).
 You may use the arrow keys to navigate the list of tests for your advisee if necessary.
 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.
 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.
Prerequisites for Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning Courses
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

What course am I eligible to take?
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 
Course Advice
Preparatory Courses
The Preparatory courses described below will help you refresh your mathematics skills prior to taking an entrylevel course.
The preparatory courses are selfsupport. 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 fulltime status for financial aid and other termtoterm 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 realworld 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.