The Math placement exams are available to take by appointment at the UofL Testing Services at any time before course registration. It is highly recommended that local students contact Testing Services and schedule an appointment for this exam before your orientation. The Math COMPASS exam may also be available at a testing center near your place of residence through remote testing. For more information on this option, please contact UofL’s Testing Services at 502-852-6606.
On your scheduled exam date, report to our office in Davidson Hall, Room 310. You will need to present a photo ID and should plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled time.
Examinees taking the ACT Math Compass exam at the University of Louisville may use ONLY the online calculator offered in the Compass software. Examinees will NOT be allowed to bring in a handheld calculator during any Math Compass placement exam.
If you have already taken either the COMPASS or KYOTE exam through a Kentucky high school, you can verify that we have received your scores by logging into ULink, click on the Student Services tab, then click to View My Undergraduate Application Status. Received scores are listed near the bottom of the screen. If no scores are listed, your school can fax the results to 502-852-1871. If we do not receive scores prior to orientation, you may be required to test again.
You may view sample COMPASS math questions at act.org. Students are strongly encouraged to test their current mathematice skills now by attempting the Kentucky Early Mathematics Testing Program (KEMPT) math assessment. This test is available for free if you visit the KEMPT website.
Do You Need a Math Placement?
All students should verify their program's Mathematics course requirements with an academic advisor from the appropriate department.
Initial Mathematics course placement is based on the student's highest ACT or SAT mathematics sub-score as listed in the table below. Students with a sub-score less than the required sub-score to place into their desired math class should take a placement exam. Students scoring 19 or above in Math are guaranteed placement in a credit bearing course.
- Students with an ACT Math sub-score of 0-18 (SAT 200-450) MUST take the COMPASS exam. This exam will place the student in MT 055, 065, Gen 103, 104 or another credit-bearing Mathematics course.
- Students with an ACT Math sub-score of at least 19 (SAT at least 460), but less than the score required for their desired math class (see chart below) should take the U of L Math Placement Exam.
- Engineering students with an ACT Math sub-score of at least 24 (SATI at least 560) do not take the U of L Math Placement Exam.
- Students with an ACT Math sub-score of 25-26 (SAT of 560-800), who need Math 205 may take the COMPASS Calculus Readiness Test; they also may take the prerequisite; Math 190, or the CLEP Precalculus Exam.
Math Sub-score Needed for Initial Placement
|Placement Test for Possible Placement into a higher Math Course|
|MAT 55 (MAT 65, Gen 103 or||0 - 18||200 - 450||Must take Math COMPASS exam|
Gen 104 with appropriate Compass Score)
Gen 103, Gen 104 or
|19||460-470||Take U of L Math Challenge|
|20 - 36||480 - 800||Take U of L Math Challenge|
|21 - 22||500 - 530||Take U of L Math Challenge|
|Math 151||21 - 36||500 - 800||Take U of L Math Challenge|
Math 107, 109, 111 (Regular Sections 01-22, 75, 76)* or 112
|23 - 36||540 - 800||Take U of L Math Challenge|
|Math 180 or 190||25 - 36||580 - 800||
Take COMPASS Calculus Readiness Exam
|Math 205||27 - 36||610 - 800||No additional placement required|
*Not all sections will be offered each term; only entering freshmen allowed; course cannot be repeated, attendance required (missing class="lower" grade or F)
a) Students with a 21 – 22 Math ACT Sub-score who need Math 111 are strongly encouraged to enroll in a Supplemented Section of Math 111. (Supplemented Sections meet 4 days per week and require an attendance contract during the first class.) Otherwise enroll in Gen 104.
(b) Students with a 19 Math ACT Sub-score will be initially placed in Gen 103 (those needing Math 105) or Gen 104 (those needing 107, 109, 111, 112, 151, 180, or 190), but should take the UofL Math Placement exam for possible higher placement, unless they only need Math 105, in which case they can take the Supplemented Section of Math 105
Students seeking a B. A. in the Social Sciences, Humanities, Arts, or Music and who have a 19 Math ACT Sub-score are strongly encouraged to enroll in a Supplemented Section of Math 105 Intro to Contemporary Math to satisfy the General Education Mathematics Requirement and avoid taking Gen 103. (Supplemented Sections meet 4 days per week and require an attendance contract.) If not, enroll in Gen 103. Note: Successful completion of Math 105 DOES NOT qualify a student for any higher numbered Math course such as Math 107, 109, 111 etc.Supplemented Section of Math 105 Intro to Contemporary Math to satisfy the General Education Mathematics Requirement and avoid taking Gen 103. (Supplemented Sections meet 4 days per week and require an attendance contract.) If not, enroll in Gen 103. Note: Successful completion of Math 105 DOES NOT qualify a student for any higher numbered Math course such as Math 107, 109, 111 etc.