Southeast Placement Information

Welcome to Southeast Missouri State University! We look forward to working with you as your educational partner as you begin to fulfill your academic goals. One important step on your educational journey is completing the mathematics requirement for your chosen major. While college and major requirements vary, all students at Southeast must successfully complete an appropriate mathematics course to receive a degree. Our mathematics placement process will help you find the best course for you and your program.

Southeast students are initially placed into a mathematics course based on the ACT Math subscore or the SAT Math Score. (Scores cannot be more than two years old.)

Mathematics Placements at Southeast Missouri State University based on ACT Math Subscores and SAT Math Scores
ACT Math Subscore SAT Math Score Mathematics Course Placement
0 – 14 0-359 MA050
15 – 21 360-519 MA115, MA123/023, MA128/018, MA155/055 (these are courses that allow the student to take their university required mathematics course with a developmental algebra component)
22+ 520+ MA116, MA123, MA128, MA155, CS125, PL120, MA137
24+ 560+ MA139
26+ 600+ MA140

What if I don’t have an ACT or SAT score OR I don’t agree with my initial Mathematics Placement based on my ACT or SAT scores? Students have the option of taking an online mathematics placement exam. There are four (4) different exam levels, and the student can opt to take one or more exams to demonstrate their readiness for a specific mathematics course. Taking the mathematics placement exam is NOT required, but it is necessary if the student wants a higher mathematics placement for their initial mathematics course at Southeast Missouri State University.

Students who have taken or are enrolled in a math course at any institution may not take the Math Placement Exam. This placement test is only for students who need to be evaluated for placement in their very first college math class.

The Frequently Asked Questions link has suggestions for the appropriate placement test(s) to take and the deadlines for passing them.

I understand the policy and know which test to take, so how do I get started?

Practice Placement Exams

Be sure you complete the Orientation to Lumen OHM Software Assignment prior to doing any of the other practices or exams. We highly recommend that you complete a practice exam prior to taking the actual placement exam. This will insure you know how to successfully enter answers and work within the rules of the online placement test system.

I am ready to take a test.

Placement Exams

Be sure to fill out the registration carefully so that we can correctly credit you with the placement exam score you have earned.

Good luck!

Department of Mathematics

Contact

Phone: 573.651.2164
math@semo.edu
Johnson Hall 201

Department of Mathematics
One University Plaza, MS 6700
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701