Demonstrating Math Proficiency

When Transferring from
Two-Year to Four-Year Programs

Since July 2003, the Board of Regents has implemented a mathematics proficiency admissions policy for four-year programs of the Montana University System. For students transferring from two-year to four-year programs, the policy describes how transfer students can prove that they have the appropriate mathematics skills. (See Policy 301.1)

Students who are transferring from two-year programs or campuses to four-year programs or campuses can prove that they have the appropriate math proficiency in the following ways:

  1. within 3 semesters or 32 credits of enrolling, earn a C- grade or better in intermediate algebra (M 95), or in a college course that is the prerequisite to a mathematics course that satisfies the general education program requirement described in board policy 301.10; or

  2. earn a score of 22 or above on the mathematics portion of the ACT or 520 or above on the mathematics portion of the SAT; or

  3. earn a score of at least 60 on the COMPASS algebra exam, or an equivalent score on another placement exam used by the campus, upon enrollment; or

  4. complete an A.A. or A.S. degree.

Courses numbered below 100 are considered developmental and do not transfer.

Some students are exempt from the math proficiency requirement: non-traditional students (those who don't enter college for a period of at least three years from the date of high school graduation, or from the date when they would have graduated from high school); summer only students; and part-time students taking seven or fewer college-level semester credits.


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