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Do I need a math test?

Special registration requirements exist for three Bethel math courses: Precalculus, Calculus 1, and Math for El. Ed. 1. Testing may be required to make sure students enroll in the right course and are prepared for these courses. Your academic advisor, instructor, and personnel available at Welcome Week and registration times will also help you in your course decision.

  1. Students planning to take Precalculus (MAT123M) or Calculus 1 (MAT124M) must take a math placement exam to enroll in the course. See the complete policies for Precalculus/Calculus Placement.
  2. Students planning to be elementary education majors and who take Math for El. Ed. 1 (MAT201M) must have completed one of these options:
    1. Those with ACT or SAT scores, must:
      • have scored 24 or higher on the math portion of the ACT, or
      • have scored 560 or higher on the math portion of the SAT score, or
      • successfully complete Bethel's ALEKS Math for Elementary Education Prep course
    2. Those without ACT or SAT scores must:
      • successfully complete Bethel's ALEKS Math for Elementary Education Prep course (recommended) or
      • scored at or above the 80% level on the Math for El.Ed. Pretest

MAT201M is usually not taken your first semester at Bethel. See the complete policies for Math for El. Ed. 1 Pretests.

There are no placement test requirements for Calculus 2. Transfer credit for Calculus 1, or the appropriate AP exam score are the required prerequisites for Calculus 2. This AP scores document (pdf) explains how AP scores relate to Bethel math courses.

Placement Testing

The requirements, testing times, and procedures are specific to the class you intend to take.

Bethel University is committed to creating access to all students, therefore for those students who may need accommodations for placement tests because of a disability, please contact the Office of Disability Resources and Services at 651.638.6833 or email disability-services@bethel.edu.

For additional questions, contact the director of math testing, Professor Patrice Conrath, at conrath@bethel.edu or 651.638.6348 (toll-free: 800.255.8706, ext. 6348).

Math Placement Information

Testing Information for Course Placement

Helpful instructions on math testing for incoming and current students planning to take Precalculus, Calculus 1, or Math for Elementary Education 1.

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