Placement

The Mathematics department is committed to the success of all its students.  To that end, it is essential that they are placed into the proper class.  Below are some policies and guidelines that explain this placement process.

For a detailed summary of the math placement process at ECC, visit academics > other resources

Enrollment in any Mathematics course (MTH prefix) is contingent upon certain criteria. MTH 101 and 102 fulfill general education requirements in mathematics for ECC degrees and transfer.

Math requirements vary greatly based on a student’s major, degree or certificate. Choosing the correct math courses and determination of math placement should be done with an ECC counselor.

Any student wishing to take a mathematics (MTH prefix) course must take the ECC Placement Test OR meet one of the following:

  1. Students with a math ACT score of 23 or higher fulfill the prerequisite for initial placement in the following entry-level classes: MATH 101, 102, 110 or 112. Even though a score of 23 will exempt you from the placement exam, you may wish to take ECC’s Math Placement Test to qualify for higher level math courses.
  2. Students with a math ACT score of 28 or higher and who have completed a high school or college trigonometry course with a C or better fulfill the prerequisite for initial placement in MTH 133. Note: ACT scores are valid for two years from the date the test was taken.
  3. Successful completion of a college-level (100-level or above) mathematics course.

Students who do not meet the above exemptions MUST take the ECC Math Placement Test. If a student does not have high school and/or college transcripts and/or ACT scores on file in the ECC records office, only the ECC Math placement test scores will be used to determine final placement. Students need to allow one hour and bring a calculator. No appointment is required. No fee is charged. To determine placement, the student should meet with an ECC counselor to review test scores and/or college transcripts. Math placement test results are valid for two years.

New for Fall 2014 and beyond: Students who place into Mth096 and earned a 3.5 or higher cumulative high school GPA (on a 4.0 scale) may enroll in Mth098. Similarly, students who place into Mth098 and earned a 3.5 or higher cumulative high school GPA and earned a C or better in a 2nd year high school algebra course are considered "college ready" and may enroll in Mth102, Mth104, Mth110, and Mth112.

The College Board Advance Placement (AP) tests in mathematics may be used as follows: a score of 3 or better on the Calculus AB test grants proficiency for Mth190 (4 credits), while a score of 3 or better on the Calculus BC test grants proficiency for both Mth190 and Mth210 (9 credits).

Engineering, Science, and Mathematics majors should try to complete the sequence MTH 112, 114, 133, 134, 201 and possibly 202 before transferring.

Placement Test Retakes

Students are initially only allowed to take a placement test twice. Once the student starts the math class sequence, placement testing is not allowed. Any exception to this rule for math placement exams is administered by the math department coordinators. If a student starts the math sequence and believes they are misplaced in a math class retaking the Placement Exam to qualify for a higher level class requires approval from a math department coordinator. The student must obtain and complete a petition form from the Testing Center. The center will forward the form to the Math Coordinators for consideration.

New for Fall 2012: A student who earns an “A” in their first math course can request a re-test for the Compass Math placement exam. The testing office will verify that the student earned an “A” in their first math class and approve the student for one re-test, for the compass math placement test. Immediately upon completion of the test the student will be referred to the counseling office to assist the student in selecting the appropriate math course and then to registration.

Minimum Competencies Policy

Another thing to note is the recent policy change requiring ECC students to demonstrate their competencies in English, math, and reading.  Called the Minimum Competencies Policy, essentially this means that students who place into any Mathematics class below Mth 102 will not be allowed to take any courses for which writing is considered a competency (this includes a wide range of courses, such as psychology, biology, history, sociology, etc).