NMT Math Placement

Your success at New Mexico Tech is very important to us. We want you to be successful in your math courses and confident in your math skills. Math is integral to all science and engineering disciplines. A strong math foundation can contribute substantially to both your time at college and your future career.

Entry Math Level

Which math subjects students have been taught before coming to Tech depends on which school they attended and whether they took advanced placement courses. Math classes for incoming students are ranked by how advanced the subjects are. The least to most advanced entry level classes are: MATH 101 - MATH 103 - MATH 104 - 131. This is important because the level of math class you take in your first semester affects which other classes you can take. When you look in the course catalog, you will see that many courses have a math pre-requisite or co-requisite. The general courses in Chemistry, Physics and Engineering Science have specific math requirements. For example, you need to be co-registered in MATH 103 Pre-Calculus in order to take Introduction to Engineering. You need to place into MATH 104 Trigonometry or higher to take General Chemistry I. General Physics I requires MATH 131 Calculus I placement or above. You have the most course options when you start at MATH 131 Calculus I. Math placement is initially determined by your ACT/SAT scores. This is listed in the next block.

Calculus 2 being tutored at the Office for Student Learning
Class ACT Score SAT (Old) Score SAT (Revised) Score
Math 101 (College algebra) less than 20 less than 500 less than 520
Math 103 (Pre-Calc) 21 - 25 500 - 580 530 - 600
Math 104 (Trig) 26 - 29 590 - 660 610 - 690
Math 131 (Calculus) 30 or Above 670 or Above 700 or Above

You may also start at Math 131 if:
  • You are transferring in college credit in Pre-Calculus or Trigonometry (having earned at least a 'C' in these courses)
  • You have earned a 3 or higher on the AP Calculus Exam (earning a 4 or 5 places you into MATH 132 - Calculus II)
  • If you have qualified based on the New Mexico Tech optional Math Placement Exam

Should I try to move ahead in my math placement?
How can I move ahead in my math placement?

First, you need to evaluate how comfortable you are with your math placement. If you feel that the placement is an accurate representation of your math skills, then stay in the course that corresponds to your math placement. If you think that your math skills correspond to the next level, take the math placement test. If you want to get ahead on math before you arrive at NMT, take a math course over the summer: either on campus at Tech, through a distance education course offered by Tech (there are scholarships to subsidize these courses), or at your local community college:

Math Placement Test:

New Mexico Tech offers a free, optional, online math placement exam. Email mathplacement@nmt.edu to request access to the test. Use your NMT student Gmail to send the request (test information is sent ONLY to NMT student email accounts), and include your name and NMT Banner Student ID Number (aka 900#). Take the test as soon as possible, as this will leave you with the option to enroll in a summer math course if you don't pass the test. If you do not know your NMT Student Gmail login information, please contact the Office for Student Learning (OSL) at osl@nmt.edu.

Summer Math Course:

Take a Pre-Calculus , Trigonometry, or even a Calculus course over the summer either on campus at Tech, through a distance education course offered by Tech (there are scholarships to subsidize these courses), or at your local community college to move ahead in your math placement. Earn at least a 'C' to be able to transfer the credits. Contact Titia Barham in the Registrar's Office to find out which math course at your local college meets NMT Academic Requirements.

You are now a member of the NMT community and the greater communities of science and engineering. We are confident that you are on the path to academic success and a fulfilling college experience. Please let us know how we can help along the way.