College-level coursework can be demanding. That’s why we lean on placement requirements to confirm that you have the math skills to hit the ground running.

Show us what you’ve got.

You can meet placement requirements in a combination of three ways.

Placement Testing

Take placement tests to see how your skills stack up. Our math faculty will consider your results, your transcripts, and your input to best place you in a math level to achieve academic success.  

Transfer Credit

Coursework completed at another institution may exempt you from all or parts of placement testing.

Send your transcripts and we’ll see if you qualify.

Standardized Tests

Your SAT/ACT scores could also exempt you from all or parts of placement testing.

SAT/ACT Exemptions

Meet the guidelines and you could be exempt from parts of your placement requirements. Just make sure you have your scores sent to Penn College directly from the College Board or ACT using this code: 2989. Scores are valid for the academic year in which the exams were taken and for the following two academic years.

Math Exemption Guidelines

  • If your SAT math score is 580 or higher, or ACT math score is 24 or higher, you’ll have an opportunity to take the Intermediate Algebra and Functions & Graphs placement tests. Your score may qualify you for placement into a higher-level math class. For more information, go to: Why should you take the Functions & Graphs placement test?
  • If your SAT math score is below 580, or your ACT math score is below 24, you’ll take the Pre-Algebra/Elementary Algebra and Intermediate Algebra placement tests.

First-Semester Placement

Placement into your first-semester courses will be based on your current skill levels. 

Meet minimum levels

If your skills meet minimum levels, you’ll be placed in the courses specified for your major.

Below minimum levels

If your current skills fall short of the required levels, you’ll need to take developmental coursework before moving forward with what’s needed for your major.

Significantly below minimum levels

If you’re significantly underprepared for college-level work, your admission may be put on hold while you level up. See catalog information on our Admissions Policy to learn more about placement requirements and academic deficiencies.