Math Placement
Registration:
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 you must first contact UofL’s Testing Services at 5028526606 to schedule your remote location.
On your scheduled exam date, report to our office in Davidson Hall, Room 310. You MUST present a photo ID and should plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled time.
Students taking a Math Compass placement exam (ACT Math Subscore of 18 and below or 2526) at the University of Louisville will NOT be allowed to bring their own calculator but may use ONLY the online calculator offered in the Compass software.
Students taking the U of L Math Challenge placement test (ACT Math Subscore between 1924) MAY use a nonprogrammable calculator, although it is not required. Calculators will NOT be provided by Testing Services.
Students may ONLY take a placement exam ONE TIME. No RETESTING allowed on the Compass or U of L Math Challenge Test.
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 either fax the results to 5028521871 or email them to testsrvs@louisville.edu to be entered on our system. 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 mathematical 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 adviser from the appropriate department.
Initial Mathematics course placement is based on the student's highest ACT or SAT I mathematics subscore as listed in the table below. Students with a subscore less than the required subscore to place into their desired math class should take a placement exam. Students scoring 19 or above on the ACT Math subscore are guaranteed placement in a credit bearing course.
 Students with an ACT Math subscore of 018 (SAT I 200450) MUST take the COMPASS exam.
 Students with an ACT Math subscore of at least 19 (SAT I 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.
 Students with an ACT Math subscore of 2526 (SAT I of 580600), who need Math 205 may take the COMPASS Calculus Readiness Test; they also may take the prerequisite; Math 190, or the CLEP Precalculus Exam.
Mathematics Course 
Math Subscore Needed for Initial Placement 
Placement Test for Possible Placement into a higher Math Course  
ACT  SAT I  
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 
19 
460470 
Take U of L Math Challenge 
Math 105 
20  36  480  800  Take U of L Math Challenge 
Math 111 Supplemented Sections (4046)* 
21  22 
500  530 
Take U of L Math Challenge 
Math 107, 109, 111 (Regular Sections 0122, 75, 76)*, 112 or 151 
23  36  540  800  Take U of L Math Challenge 
Math 180 or 190  25  36  580  800 

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 Subscore 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 Subscore 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 U of L Math Challenge test for a possible higher placement.